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Ágnes Éva Molnár: Bonded

The exhibition of the Capa Center shows two recent pieces of work by Ágnes Éva Molnár. Her series entitled TRIBUTE presents the intentions and the limits of a female militant artist. Being deeply concerned and identifying herself with this issue, she is going through the possibilities of action despite the invariably embarrassing deficit of gender equality and the lack of specifically female political action.

The three militant groups selected by the artist (Pussy Riot, Guerilla Girls and Gulabi Gang) are fighting for social objectives mostly in the field of gender equality. They use strong and recurring visual features in order to emphasize their unity. These images and attributes are reflected by Ágnes Éva Molnár’s photographs – she is hiding behind their masks, paying a tribute to their activities with a gesture of wishing to identify herself with the female militants. She is going through the possibilities of being different and identifying herself with them on the set photographs with replays and references.


“Every effort to re-establish the ancient relationship between men and women in the family and in the professions show a basic deficiency in the way of thinking and action” – according to Ulrich Beck’s study about globalization. “Changes within the family and between genders are considered to be only private phenomena and problems, their interrelation with social and cultural modernization is not recognized.” The dismantling and the intransparency of the rules in family organization may even challenge the organization of the family. The exhibition shows Ágnes Éva Molnár’s recently started other series entitled BONDED, providing arguments in a different way. She thinks that we are determined and bound by the micro-community where we live. Our role is defined by this binding even beyond the frames of our small community. “There are centuries-old conflicts breaking open in every way how men and women live together (before, within, outside and after marriage)” – according to Beck’s argument. Bonds are stronger than conflicts – replies Ágnes Éva Molnár. We live together with other people in a tissue of relations, in an inseparable dependence from previous generations, in an unintentional transmittance, in submission to other people’s will, either voluntarily or accidentally.

András Bán, art critic

The exhibition is open to the public:
17/02/2014 – 14/03/2014