Sándor Bartha is a visual artist born in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania. Since 1998 he has been living and working in Budapest. His activity unfolds mostly on two parallel directions. One of them is reacting to current social – political issues and uses everyday objects, plastic toy figures as part of installations. The other one is a conceptual, text based direction, which concentrates on more general questions related to the background of the production of the artwork, respectively to matters of perception. Sometimes these directions overlap and cross-polinate as it happens in case of the Among Peaks book object as well. His works were presented in numerous exhibitions, among others at the 49th Venice Biennial – Romanian Pavilion (2001), Szervice, Kunsthalle, Budapest (2001), Prague Biennial (2003), On Difference #2, Wuertembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2006), Grenzenlos, Galeria Etaj ¾, Bucureşti (2009), When History Comes Knocking. Romanian Art from the 80s and 90s, Gallery Plan B, Berlin (2011), REMX MNAC Bucureşti (2015), A Matter of Contemplation and Discontent, Vargas Museum Manila (2016), Art Encounters, Timişoara (2017). His recent solo exhibitions include More than Syntax, Athome Gallery, Šamorín, Slovakia (2015), Devices for a Better World, Arad Art Museum (2015), Post-traumatic Landscapes, The Doctoral Programme of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, (2016).
Book object, 11x12x29 cm, Edition of two
This book object is part of my text-based, self-referential works. This time condensation is used in order to potentially de-compress historical, political and ideological references from past and present, moving along the emotionally charged axe of national discourse.