Quest of Query: The Menace of the Obvious

An exhibition by Theodoros Zafeiropoulos

Time: June 6–July 4, 2014
Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu, 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102.

Opening: June 6, 2014, 6 pm

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 2 pm to 6 pm

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Time: June 7, 2014, 6 pm
Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu, 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102.

Guided tour and round-table discussion about the interpretations of contemporary fascism and nationalism within contemporary art in Greece, Hungary, as well as Europe. Participants: curator and art historian Sotirios Bahtsetzis (Athens); curator and co-curator of the Private Nationalism Project Márton Pacsika (Budapest); and artist Theodoros Zafeiropoulos (Athens). Moderated by Eszter Szakács. The discussion will be in English.

The last part of the exhibition series Art Under a Dangerous Star, which reflects on the forms of contemporary fascism, is the presentation of the collaborative project Quest of Query: The Menace of the Obvious by Athens-based artist Theodoros Zafeiropoulos and curator Eszter Szakács. A productive dialogue that initially started in Bergen, Norway, forms a "bridge for production,"—, connecting also the countries of Norway, Greece, and Hungary—, leading to the exhibition. In 2013 both of them took part simultaneously in a residency program at two different institutions in Bergen: the AiR Bergen program at the USF Vertfel center for the the arts and culture, and the contemporary art center Hordaland Kunstsenter.

In the video installations presented at the exhibition, under the initial idea that “landscape is not innocent,” the observatory and metaphorical readings are in focus, where it is through the attention to the obvious and the details of landscapes, bodies, or architecture, that the socio-political appears. A national parade, a series of flags, a rafter at the harbor, a description of imagery: the artist intervenes into invisible and dominant mechanisms, and so that through documentation and meticulous work, he could fabricate them into ambiguous observations. In his videos, the harmless course of events transform into disturbing snapshots.

Even though all the art works shown at the exhibition in Budapest were filmed and are based in Bergen, Norway has no particular locality in Quest of Query ; it appears just as a heterogeneous narrative, a topos, a metaphorical “no-space” that serves as a site of inspection. The quest, even thought it is seemingly across three countries; it is not an odyssey in physical space and time, but rather a perpetual intellectual journey of decipherment. The words “Quest” and “query” are related; etymologically, they both originate from the Latin word quaerere , to ask, to seek. A quest of a query, like an Ouroboros, persistently questions the questions.

Curated by Eszter Szakács

Art Under a Dangerous Star is part of the international collaborative project Beginning As Well As We Can (How Do We Talk About Fascism?), with What, How and for Whom / WHW and Alerta - Centre for Monitoring of Right-Wing Extremism and Anti-Democratic Tendencies in Zagreb. The project Beginning As Well As We Can (How Do We Talk About Fascism?) is supported by the European Cultural Foundation.

The realization of the exhibition Quest of Query: The Menace of the Obvious is supported by the Embassy of Greece in Hungary and Theo Tours Travel Agency.

Special thanks to the C3–Center for Culture & Communication Foundation for their contribution to the exhibition.

Quest of Query: Scrolling Topographies

Quest of Query as a project consists of several chapters, exhibited on several occasions, at different venues; the individual exhibitions are differentiated by their subtitles. The first two chapters are presented in Budapest: besides Quest of Query: Menace of the Obvious, the other chapter entitled Quest of Query: Scrolling topographies is exhibited at the Deák Erika Gallery.

Time: June 13 - July 26, 2014
Venue: Deák Erika Galéria, 1061 Budapest, Mozsár utca 1

Opening: June 12, 2014, 6 pm. Opening speech by H.E. Mr. Dimitris Yannakakis, Ambassador of Greece to Hungary

Image: Theodoros Zafeiropoulos: Landscape is Not Innocent, video (still), 2014. Courtesy the artist

Art Under a Dangerous Star