Anetta Mona Chişa: Politics of Friendship

Public presentation and workshop

July 8, 2016; 6 pm:
public presentation
by Anetta Mona Chişa

July 9, 2016; 12 am - 6 pm:
with Anetta Mona Chişa

To participate in the workshop, please send your RSVP to till the 8th of July!

Venue: FKSE - Studio Gallery, 1077 Budapest, Rottenbiller u. 35.

Working in an artist duo (or a group) one learns that the alchemists’ motto “solve et coagula” means that one must accept personal dissolution, that one must vary her own temperature and pressure and test her own sanity in the crucible of change. In the presentation of July 8 Anetta Mona Chişa will focus mostly on their projects with projects with Lucia Tkáčová ruminating on the idea of collaboration, mirroring into each other, transcending the self, re-inventing the creative subject. The presentation will unfold as a talk about the creative process in which one dissolves beyond the boundaries of the ego, otherness and own existence.

The workshop on the 9th of July will be based on a set of exercises which will demonstrate how working in collaboration can change the way of reasoning and the grammar we use. We will try out a series of linguistic techniques, intersubjective and inter-corporeal rehearsals, choreography of bonding through bondage while performing language minus certainty, social mimicry, 1+1=1.

To participate, please send your RSVP to till the 8th of July.

Language minus certainty

The main tool for both friendship and collaboration is language (spoken/written word). Creative collaborations bring along permanent dialogues, endless conversations, constraints to ceaseless verbalization. Words are becoming tools for transmitting thoughts and feelings but language also defines our “realities". Trough linguistic exercises we will try to look at words and what they do to us, how they shape our individual "reality tunnels” and how language can become a tool for better understanding, interacting and collaborating.

Social mimicry

By copying someone’s behavior, trying to imitate him/her, one can experience better emotional adjustment and better understanding of the other. Social mimicking describes the behavior in which one person subconsciously imitates the gesture, speech pattern, or attitude of another. We will try to perform conscious mirroring (seeing ourselves in the other) through imitation of the other’s idiosyncratic movements/behaviors (postures, gestures, mannerisms, accents, facial expressions) and through painting our portraits on someone else’s face.


I do not see collaboration as a linear addition (1+1=2) but more like 1+1=1. In order to experience this equation on a physical level, we will try to perform a choreography of bonding through bondage. We will use simple bondage techniques to perform an event of “inter-corporeality” through symmetry, complementarity and interdependence. In an era of disembodiment and alienation this meditation in practice will be an attempt to experience not only someone’s else’s body but also one’s own physical limits and limitations.

Anetta Mona Chişa works together with Lucia Tkáčová as an artist duo since 2000. At the heart of their collaboration lies their quest to find a means of reconciling the political with the aesthetic validity of art. Trusting in the power of the invisible, the unspeakable and the unknown, they see art as a process which should have transformative effect (on both themselves and the viewer) with re-forming consequences on the world. Forming and performing a female duo is a way to outdare the scripts inflicted on women by the society as well as a way to dismantle the self-imposed (internalized) mechanisms of male domination that women carry out.

The artists live and work in Berlin and Prague. More:

Anetta Mona Chişa and Lucia Tkáčová are participating artists of’s exhibition Our Heart Is a Foreign Country - Friendship as an alternative in a normal world curated by Gyula Muskovics and Andrea Soós.

The exhibition is on view until July 30, 2016 at Studio Gallery, Budapest.

Facebook event of the exhibition

Upcoming event related to the exhibition:

July 28, 6 pm: Karol Radziszewski: Kisieland (2012)
screening of the film and artist talk with Karol Radziszewski about Central Eastern European queer art practices
(More information soon)

Image: Anetta painted as Lucia on Anetta and Lucia painted as Anetta on Lucia

Our Heart Is a Foreign Country