WANDERING ROOTS is a new collaborative video work that extends the seed of this core project by engaging in the stories of Hungarian-Canadian artists based in Montreal, celebrating their work and connecting them through their roots.
Installation photo from the exhibition Palazzo Mora, Venice
Collaborating artists: Géza Hermann, Sándor Sipos, Ági Zóni, Julianna Joos, Sofie Fekete-Fehér, Gabor Szilasi, Gábor Boros and Biró Anna.
GÉZA HERMANN was born in Budapest, Hungary and now lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. He escaped his native country during the 1956 revolution. Artist and teacher, he received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Concordia University and a diploma in Education from McGill University. His artistic training includes an apprenticeship with Russian Icon painter Valentin Firsoff Shebaeff. As an award-winning landscape designer, he combines environ-mental subjects and ecology in both his out-door sculpture installations and his paintings. Hermann works with elements of nature, creat-ing microcosmic landscapes in the gardens and sites he regenerates.
His work is in private col-lections in Canada, USA, Europe and Asia.
He is represented in Montréal by Galerie Bernard. www.gezart.com
Transylvania, Romania. He attended the music and fine arts secondary school of Marosvásárhely and continued his studies in Kolozsvár at The University of Arts Ion Andreescu of Cluj, completing a degree in sculpture and pedagogy. After settling in Montreal in 1989 he took courses in graphic arts and illustration. Sipos has exhibited solo in Montreal, Rivière-du-Loup, and Budapest and in group shows in Bucharest, Vienna, Essex (USA) and Montreal.
“The human problematic/la condition humaine and spirituality remain the main subject of his drawings. His works draw on influences such as popular naïve art of the Transylvanian region and sacred Byzantine art.” www. sipossandor.carbonmade.com
Ági Zóni was born in Szabadka Vojvodi-na, Serbia (former Yugoslavia). She immi-grated to Canada in 1967, where she estab-lished her company, Atelier de céramique Agnes Zóni in 1981. She lives and works in St. Lazare, Quebec. Her interest in art has been ap-parent since early adulthood. The many ceramic, pottery and porcelain courses and workshops in which she has participated are indicative of the continuing interest she has in this art medium. Instruction in all forms of drawing, painting, history of art and the many techniques have formed the pathway to the innovative and creative styles in her work today. She has ex-hibitited her work in Ste- Hyacinthe, Boucher-ville, Montréal, Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, Columbus, OH
(where she won an award) and Fort Worth, TX.
Julianna Joos is a Canadian artist, of Hungarian origin, from Montréal. Her professional career started forty years ago; she has had over twenty solo shows and has participated in more than a hundred group shows around the world. She has won two international awards: Premio Acqui (Italy, 2005) and Voir Grand (Montréal, 2002).
She has started jacquard weaving in 2004 after many years in printmaking. She has a BA from Concordia and a Masters degree from Université du Québec ą Montréal; she presently teaches at Dawson College.
SOFIE FEKETE-FEHÉR was born in France and has developed a love for Quebec’s French cul-ture. She studied Fashion Design in Montreal at Lasalle College and then worked in cinema and theatre. She then continued in different university programs: Arts Visuels at Université du Québec à Montréal, Sociology and History at Concordia University and Cinema at Université de Montréal. Her works are often produced out-side the gallery walls and result from an effort to combine figurative painting and interactions with people and site. Fekete-Fehér had exhibited her photographs at The Saidye Bronfman Center in 1997 and participated in the 2000 Symposium de peinture de Baie St-Paul. She Screened her first video in 2002 at la Galerie La Centrale.
Gabor Szilasi was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1928 and came to Canada in 1957and settled in Montreal in 1959. In 1970 Szilasi, a self-taught photographer, was employed by the Office du film du Québec to docu-ment the rural areas of the province. His photographs of Charlevoix won him national acclaim. Szilasi has said, “My main interest has always been people and their environment, including portraits, interiors and architecture.” In 1990 he was commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal to produce a series of photographs of Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. In 1997, Gabor Szilasi: Photographs 1954-1996, a Retrospective Exhibition was held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 2003 he began photographing at Les Impatients, an art therapy centre for people with psychiatric disabilities,” where the artist and partici-pants took turns exploring their roles of subject and photographer, creating portraits and self-portraits”. A retrospective exhibition showing 50 years of Szilasi’s work was held in 2009 in the Montreal region and at the National Gallery in Ottawa. Gabor Szilasi has also been a teacher having taught at the Collège du Vieux Montréal from 1971-1980 and from 1980-1995 at Con-cordia University. He has received grants from the Canada Council and the Province of Quebec. He was named winner of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2010. National Gallery of Canada video
Gábor Boros was born in Újszász on the Great Hungarian Plain. After the 1956 uprising in Hungary, his family immigrated to Canada. He learned French in school and English in the streets of Park Extension with Greek kids.
He finished college in the Eastern Townships near the small village of Ayer`s Cliff with the fathers called Servants of Mary. He returned to Montreal to pursue a degree in Humanities at Saint-Laurent CEGEP. He earned a bachelor`s degree in Linguistics at the University of Ottawa before returning to Montreal.
While teaching French to landed immigrants, he discovered the art of photography. As a result of his many trips abroad, he initiated himself to the artwork of the camera. He seized the deep rooted universe in dwelling elderly villages. His first photos showed life and real-ity in remote villages. He captures the short-lived, the universal.
The disappearance of Indigenous Peoples’ culture and the destruction of the Environment are his main concerns. In this period of turmoil, identity crisis, standardization, couldn’t-care-less attitude and computer gimmicks, ART with capital letters becomes more valuable. www.borosgabor.com
Biró Anna was born in in Csíkszereda, Transylvania, Romania. Biro has lived in Montréal, Canada, since 1988. She graduated from Ion Andreescu Fine Arts Academy of Kolozsvár, Romania. Biro also attended the Centre Textile Contemporain in Montréal, gaining proficien-cy in computer aided textile design. She has exhibited in Europe, Canada, and USA and represented Canada at the 5th International Textile Competition in Kyoto, Japan. Biró is also a costume designer for theater and film productions. She is currently involved in the development and refinement of computer applications in textile processes, deploying textiles as a link between technologies, cultural histories and personal memories. www.annabiro.com