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08 June 2018
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An exhibition-memory that is rooted in the life and values of one family is titled “Egy talpalatnyi föld elég nekem” – "A piece of land is enough for me". On 29 May 2018, in the exhibition space of the Labor Gallery (Budapest, Hungary), it was opened a personal exhibition of the prizewinner of the 3rd Open Student Contest in Painting "Silver Easel" Gergo Bankuti.

The young artist told that the conceptually and emotionally exhibition was closely connected to the memory of his grandmother and her personal relation to religion, therefore it was not surprising that the audience would see the works from a series of potato sculptures which religious motives are embodied in.

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"On the shelves of my grandmother's house, you could find a lot of religious relics: a crucifix, an image of the Virgin Mary and other saints," Gergo Bankuti says. “Copying these relics into potato sculptures I try to preserve memories of the life in which work and religion composed an inseparable unity. Potatoes are tightly connected to agricultural work, especially in my home where our whole family took part in the process of growing. This is a repetitive working procedure, a sort of meditation or a prayer. In the life of the Hungarian peasantry, work and religion were always organic elements of life – this is what my exhibition is about."

The exposition consists not only of potato sculptures – there are also his works in other genres: video, painting and art objects with text support.

The exhibition will last until 10 June 2018.

Text: Kseniia Shokina
Photo: Boglárka Zellei
© Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art

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