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Elisabeth Ajtay

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L.I.F.E. (Exported Dreams, Imported Desires), 2014 Paint, Stickers 6” X 12” X 4” / 15.24cm X 30.48cm X 10.16cm Each © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Exported Dreams Imported Desires, installation view #2, 2013 Mixed Media © Elisabeth Ajtay
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East meets West, from Exported Dreams, Imported Desires, 2013 Photography 42 © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Exported Dreams Imported Desires, installation view #1, 2013 Mixed Media © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Exported Dreams Imported Desires, detail #1, 2013 Mixed Media © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Exported Dreams Imported Desires, detail #2 Mixed Media © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Eve and Lilith, 2013 Photography 21.65" X 15.747" © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Ginnungagap/Yawning Void, installation view 2012, 2008-2012 Photography 15.75" X 15.75" Each © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Ginnungagap/Yawning Void - Full moon cycle 2011-12, installation view 2013, 2013 Photography Variable © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Ginnungagap/Yawning Void, installation view 2013, 2008-2012 Photography 15.75" X 15.75" Each © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Ginnungagap/Yawning Void, installation view 2013, 2008-2012 Photography 15.75" X 15.75" Each © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Ginnungagap/Yawning Void, installation view 2013 (detail), 2008-2012 Photography 15.75" X 15.75" Each © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Ginnungagap/Yawning Void, detail, 2008-2012 Photography 15.75" X 15.75" © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Ginnungagap/Yawning Void - 11/12/11, 2011 Photography 15.75" X 15.75" © Elisabeth Ajtay
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The Originality of a Moment, I-XIII, installation view 2012, 2009 Photography 5.5" X 11" Each © David Lees
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The Originality of a Moment, X-Shell, 2009 Photography 5.5" X 11" © Elisabeth Ajtay
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The Originality of a Moment, VI-jaw, 2009 Photography 5.5" X 11" © Elisabeth Ajtay
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computer computer, 2016 Single Channel Video, Stop Motion © Elisabeth Ajtay
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Interdependence (Still image), 2016 Single Channel Video Variable © Elisabeth Ajtay
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moonABC, 2016 Single Channel Video, Stop Motion Variable © Elisabeth Ajtay
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my neocortex (Still Image), 2016 Single Channel Video, Stop Motion Variable © Elisabeth Ajtay
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Transylvania
Lives in
San Francisco, CA
Works in
San Francisco, CA
Tags
installation, conceptual, photography
Statement

 

Spending a childhood in Transylvania/Romania behind the iron curtain, Elisabeth Ajtay grew up in the democratic society of Western Germany, leaving two years for Hungary, back in the days, when the changes after the revolutions in Eastern Europe were still in progress.

She received a Diploma in Communications Design in Dortmund /Germany and a Master of Fine Arts in San Francisco/CA.

Her life was and is predominated by traveling. Passing different cultures and nations by arrival and departure are the characteristics of her life. As an unrooted person she welcomes the nomadic presence and reflects the experience of the mobility of the body and soul and its consequences within her artistic work. Ajtay constantly questions the appearance of objects, states of mind. Describing herself as a transnational is an attempt to get beyond labeling regarding race and nationality.

Elisabeth Ajtay's work has been shown and published nationally and internationally since 2003.

 

CV

EDUCATION

2011-13
◦ San Francisco Art Institute, Master of Fine Arts/Photography, San Francisco CA
2000-06
University of Applied Sciences Dortmund/FH Dortmund), Master of Science, Communications Design/Photography, Dortmund, Germany
1998 -2000
Residence in Budapest
◦ Studied in the fields of dance, photography, drawing and painting at Tamás Kopasz et al.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016    
◦ Penumbral States, Alter Space - Peephole Gallery, San Francisco CA
◦ moonABC, Savernack Street Gallery, San Francisco CA
2014 
◦ Babel, Ramon‘s Tailor, San Francisco CA
2013

Exported Dreams, Imported Desires, Ramon’S Tailor, San Francisco CA2012Ginnungagap/Yawning Void, Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco CA2011Analogue Memories, Union Gewerbehof, Dortmund, Germany

The Scent of the West, curated by Simone Czech, Galerie 143, Dortmund, Germany

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, excerpt
2017  
 ◦ Echofluxx 17, Festival of New Media, Art and Music, Prague, Czech Republic
 ◦ Alchemic Body - Fire, Air, Water, Earth, Laura Haber Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
 ◦ 28 Day Cycle, curated by Pamela Belknap & Ingrid Wells, Studio 110 Projects, Sausalito CA
2016    
Elisabeth Ajtay, Brad Woodville & shesaidred, curated by Ann Jastrab, RAYKO Gallery, San Francisco CA
The Sea Has No Boundaries, Stories of Travellers and Dreamers, Venice Vending Machine, curated by Marina Moreno, Hamburg, Germany
Instant, Refusalon Gallery, San Francisco CA
2015    
◦ Transmissions, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio TX
2014    
Bay Area Now 7, with B.A.A.W.A. Bay Area Art Workers Alliance, Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, San Francisco CA
More or less Freedom?, 7th International Art Moves Festival, curated by Susan O’Malley, Christine Wong Yap and Joanna Górska, Torun PL
Times Square, Billobard Display, see.me, New York NY
◦ if…, curated by Cléa Massiani, Google Headquarters, Mountain View CA
M.A.C.H.I.N.E. (Master of Arts Collective in Higher Idea Navigation and Exploration), Gallery West, University Texas at Arlington TX
◦ Global Mission of Art - Reversality, project curated by Farhad Bahram, Geroges Hattab, Kevin Nazar (http://www.globalmissionofart.com/i... Group Study, curated by Shmulik Krampf, Cléa Massiani, Refusalon, San Francisco CA
◦ Art by Telephone…, Recalled, curated by Sébastien Pluot and Fabien Vallos, Art Center of La Panacée, Montpellier, France
◦ Juried Exhibition 2014, curated by Diana L. Daniels, Associate Curator for Contemporary Art at the Crocker Museum Sacramento, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel CA
2013
Small Works, curated by Mary Negro, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn NY
◦ Currency, Final MFA show, The Mint, San Francisco CA

Sledgehammer Constitution, curated by Christina Elliott, Diego Rivera Gallery, San  Francisco CA
Merkle Dir Was, 15 Jahre Galerie Merkle, curated by Verena Zeiner, Galerie Merkle, Stuttgart, Germany
Art by Telephone… Recalled, curated by Sébastien Pluot and Fabien Vallos, Centre National Édition Art et Images-CNEAI, Chatou, France
2012
Art by Telephone… Recalled, curated by Sébastien Pluot and Fabien Vallos, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Rob The Noisebank, THE LAB, San Francisco CA
◦ Nomads, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, United States
Then and Now : Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, 1945-2013, curated by Toni Gentilli, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco CA
Not Kansas, Photographers Explore Their Own Worlds, curated by Ann Jastrab, RayKo, San Francisco CA
2011
BAN6 Slide Slam, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA
2010
Moving Bikes, collaboration with Katrin Keller, RWE Ruhrtal-Rad Weg, Arnsberg, Germany
Zuhause/At Home, Bibliothek Scharnhorst, Dortmund, Germany
4. F/STOP Leipzig, Photo Festival, Leipzig, Germany2009 inSPIRACJE, 5th Festival for Visual Arts curated by Krzysztof Ked Olszewski, Szeczin, Poland
raum-fluss-vektoren/space-flow-vectors, photographic installation,
KVWL-Kassenärztlicher Verband Westfalen-Lippe, Dortmund, Germany
The Christmas Photo Album, curated by Tina Schelhorn, Gallery, Moscow, Russia

HONORS AND AWARDS
2013
◦ Juried Winner, Artslant 5th Showcase in Photography
1st place, Paul Sack Building Award in Black & White Photography San Francisco, CA
2011-13
Scholarship of Merit, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA2012◦ Honorable Mention, Paul Sack Building Award, San Francisco CA
Honorable Mention, PX3-Prix de la Photographie Paris, Paris, France2009Semi Finalist, Photofestival Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
2005
Material grant, Kodak, Köln, Germany20023rd place-Skin Aesthetics and Fascination, 2. Hamburger Triennale der Photographie, Hamburg, Germany

PUBLICATIONS (excerpt)
2017    
◦ “Interdependent Independence” and “Floating” and a bit of history, by Ann Jastrab, www.all-about-photo.com (2017-03-17)
◦ The (art) Scene Podcast, Interview with Louis Vargas, San Francisco CA
2015  
 ◦ Reversality, Global Mission of Art book publication; The book will be part of the collection at the Sazmanab - Center for Contemporary Art, Teheran IRN and ICP - International Center for Photography, New York NY
◦ Everyday Life Connects The Dots in New Bluestar Exhibits, Dan Goddard, San Antonio Current
2014     
◦ M.A.C.H.I.N.E. (Master of Arts Collective in Higher Idea Navigation and Exploration), exhibition catalogue, University Texas at Arlington TX

2013
Currency, exhibition catalogue, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA
2012
Sehstücke, Kunstwerke für die KVWL, KVWL Dortmund, FH Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany ◦ MFA NOW 2012 Archive Project, catalogue, Root Division, San Francisco CA
2010
◦ Amtsblatt des Ministeriums für Schule und Weiterbildung 10/2010, Schule Nordrhein-Westfalen, Ministerium für Schule und Weiterbildung, Düsseldorf, Germany 
Kultur Elektrisiert, book, RWE Aktiengesellschaft Essen, Katrin Osbelt-KO2B, Klartext-Verlag, Essen, Germany 
◦ VoRWEggehen und den Ruhrtalradweg zur Open-Air Galerie machen, catalogue, RWE Deutschland AG, Essen, Germany
2009
inSPIRACJE/space, exhibition catalogue, inSPIRACJE, Szeczin, Poland
2008
Camera Austria International N° 103/104, Graz, Austria2006Nah und Fern N° 32/Bilder in unseren Köpfen, cultural magazine for Migration and Participation, Prof. Dr. Birgit Rommelspacher, von Loeper Literaturverlag, Karlsruhe, Germany
2005
7. Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, exhibition catalogue, Mannheim, Germany
2002
◦ Reality-check, 2. Hamburger Triennale der Photografie, catalogue

TEACHING
2017
Spring/Summer 2017 Teaching artist - Introduction to Studio Lighting, RAYKO, San Francisco, CA
Spring/Summer 2017 Teaching Artist - Public Education Faculty, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2016
Spring/Summer 2016 Teaching Artist - Public Education Faculty, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2013
◦ Teaching Assistant to Paul Klein – Friending Art with Benefits, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA
2012
◦ Teaching Assistant to Jack Fulton – Introduction to Digital Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA2001-03◦ Teaching Assistant to Jörg Winde, – div. photography classes University of Applied Sciences and Art, Dortmund, Germany