Lőrinc Borsos

artist in residence May 2016, Hungary /


Austria - a Dream / working title

In her current project, the artist would like to explore the period of the creation of Austrian identity from the early 20th century until the present, with special respect to the similarities and concordances with the Hungarian as well as his own artistic identity. During his residency in Austria, he would like to collect information for his research throughout his personal experiences. He would like to create an enigmatic world by treating the collected material within the domain of global connections, free associations and experimentation with materials. His epigraph for this long term research is from a book titled Katzenmusik by Gerhard Fritsch: "We need to wake up from the dream with the help of the dream we call past." The artistʼs focus of interest in the project is how Fritschʼs method can be adapted to visual art, namely wherein something is -as Robert Menasse expresses in his book-“…fully composed of symbols, dreamscapes and signs without being symbolist." 


Lőrinc Borsos is a hybrid of two artists. During the first five years of her artistic career, she have focused on examining the possibilities of a self-reflective national identity. Following this period she favoured reflecting on the dark, unjust side of history through self-observation. Her trademark is the shiny black substance derived from the black enamel paint often found in her work.
Lőrinc Borsos lives in Székesfehérvár and works in Budapest.

Throughout his creative career, Lőrinc Borsos has had several exhibitions in Austria and has often collaborated with Austrian artists. First, as the recipient of the Esterházy Award for Painters in 2009 at the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna and at the Esterházy Castle in Eisentstadt. In 2012 he participated in the Knoll Galleryʼs exhibition “Hungarica”, which introduced Hungarian artists. Here, as a member of The Corporation, a group of artists, he created a “device” in the form of a table, which compared the stereotypes of Austrian and Hungarian identities. Following this, her works were on display at the Pavelhaus in Laafeld at the show “Out of the Museum and into the Street” in 2013, which introduced the political activism of the Hungarian avant-garde and contemporary art. In the same year he exhibited at V.esch in Vienna at Anna Witt and Hannes Zebedinʼs exhibition “Dammbruch”. In 2015 he took part in the show "Blind Spots" curated by the head of Rotor, Graz, Margarethe Makovec, along with artists Anton Ovidiu, Witt and Zebedin. 

In the end of October she took part in the group exhibition “+45+55+95+” upon the invitation of curator Zsolt Petrányi, organized in Vienna and Budapest by the Austrian Cultural Forum. (Artists: Csaba Nemes, Adrián Kupcsik, Anett Hámori, Zsófia Szemző, Kamen Stoyanov, Martin Sturm, Markus Proschek, Nikole Prutsch, Corina Vetsch, Christoph Srb). The theme of the exhibition is connected to a conference that took place earlier at the Andrássy University in Budapest. Entitled Austria 1945-1955-1995, the conference addressed key events in the life of the country. Researching this topic, Lőrinc Borsos encountered Robert Menasseʼs book Das war Österreich, which was a reinterpretation of the authorʼs previous thoughts regarding his homeland, and revealed the highly meticulous and fictitious nature of creating national identities. The exploration of his methodology became a central issue for the artist.

Beside her research the artist is going to take part in the international group exhibition titled “Universal Hospitality” from the 23th of may in Alte Post, Vienna, and from the 10th of June in Graz.

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