Experiments with the Magyars
The exhibition lays out a contemporary history of Hungary through the absurdist commentary of József Zé Kovács's graphic prints. Videos by artists of the FKSE (Studio of Young Artists Budapest) discuss minority culture within national identity as it traverses the European Union. Associations of identity that exceed the nation, such as cultural practices, or the experience of exclusion or displacement, across distant geographies of the world are explored: through the ritual of the maticoor from Bihar to the Caribbean in the work of Shambhavi Singh, the ubiquitous culture of global brands in the bottle-cap sarees of Sharmila Samant, in works from Tushar Joag's reversal of the historic travels of Fa-Hien and Hiuen Tsang, and in the commonalities of culture between the Romani of Europe and the Banjaras of India through two archives. Peti is a curated sculpture of prints, the word for the Indian harmonium and the Romani accordion, taking the shape of the instrument, and coming out of a workshop made with the artist Liz Ballard and artists of the Sir JJ School of Art.