◖Vernissage: Local Stories : Tupí or no Tupí & Pixel City
◖Beneath the surface of a city, a thousand and a thousand stories play out in secret. Pixel City is a series of graphics for the short story collection, called Budapest OFF, which reveals the gaps between houses and behind walls where the invisible paths of the city’s inhabitants lead. The creator of Tupi or not Tupi does not see behind the scenes, initially observing Budapest as an bystander – but through the project the artist takes in and, mixing elements of his personal world, makes the initially foreign spaces and culture his own.
◖ Friday night vernissage with a musical programme to accompany the opening of the exhibition.
◖Jairo Alvarez / Tupí or no Tupí
This project is based on the reworking of the artist (author) from the mere fact of digestion. The artist is immersed in countless places recognized and legitimized to create something totally new. The title of the project is a dialectical tension that manifests itself in Oswald de Andrade’s Anthropophagic Manifesto (1928): “Tupí or not tupí, that is the question”; The Tupi are a Brazilian indigenous ethnic group, therefore, a parody of the famous Hamletian doubt questions the very concept of identity. Hamlet questions himself, his own identity, as well as Brazil and America as a whole question themselves. In the Manifesto, the concept of absorption is fundamental: “It was said that, as anthropophages, one was able to transform, when digesting, everything considered as a model copied from Europe, in order to obtain the creation and the result of a unique and autonomous model in art “, the author says.
The artist has observed, analyzed, studied, digested and then photographed icons, to show the local culture, its landscapes, and symbols from the point of view of an Argentinean artist.
The project was made in 2018 and was supported by the Argentine Embassy in Hungary and the City Hall of Budapest.
◖Kárpáti Tibor / Pixel City
Pixel City is themed as a series of pixel images for Budapest OFF, an anthology of contemporary Hungarian authors. The images represent the artist’s signature style, which he has used to illustrate the streets of New York for The New Yorker magazine. Reminiscent of old school computer game graphics, his graphics straddle the line between pixels and cross-stitch embroidery to showcase Budapest’s lesser-known buildings.
This project also belongs to 2018 when Budapest OFF was published by Tilos az Á publishing house.
◖The exhibition is open:
between the 4th of March 2022 and the 28th of March 2022.
in opening hours.
The exhibtion was supported by the Argentinian Embassy of Hungary https://eungr.cancilleria.gob.ar/