Borderline Case – Contemporary Reflections on Central and Eastern European Identity The new exhibition at the MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Art opens on January 22nd.
In some aspects, Borderline Case is the continuation of the 2018 art exhibition “Time of our lives?”, which reviewed the works of emerging Hungarian artists. The exhibition puts on display the works of fifteen young artists from five countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania), most of which were made for this occasion. The title Borderline Case was inspired by the novel by Péter Hunčík, a psychiatrist of Hungarian origin who lives in Slovakia, presenting the 20th-century history of the region through the story of the inhabitants of a small Slovak border town with a mixed population.
On one hand, the term suggests that setting clear-cut boundaries has always been a crucial question in Central-Eastern Europe. On the other hand, it has always been hard to decide whether the region belongs to the West or to the East. The title was chosen specifically because it does not contain the slightly self-ironic stereotype that compares the region to the “West”.
Although the artists are members of a generation socialized in a globalized world, at the same time their lives are inevitably influenced by regionalism in the most different areas. The important question to ask is to what extent their identity is affected by this and how it is reflected in their artworks.
Historian Gábor Egry contributed to the preparation of the exhibition by helping to outline the historical context. The historical review interpreted Central-Eastern Europe in terms of three concepts: language, border, and the self-definition of the region. It was essential to point out those historical features which defined the region not only in the 20th century; therefore, the temporal focus of the historical examination was on the period between 1848 and 2021.
The exhibition will open on Saturday, January 22 at 5 p.m.
Curator: Don Tamás
The curator of the exhibition, Tamás Don, will greet visitors at the opening.
The exhibition will be opened by: Curator Flóra Gadó
After the opening at 5:30 pm, Tamás Don will give a curated exhibition.