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27m; an Interactive Sound Installation:
A corner of Slovakia brought to Providence by NY Times recognized Hungarian/Slovak artist Ilona Nemeth

The sidewalk of Empire Street/AS 220

Friday, November 7, 2008, 1pm-6pm
Saturday, November 8, 2008, noon-4pm
(artist talk & presentation by curator Viera Levitt from noon-1pm)

Photo: Viera Levitt, Providence
November 7th, 2008

Internationally celebrated artist Ilona Nemeth, recently written up in the New York Times for her provocative survey/installation in Budapest is bringing her art to Providence by way of New York City, where she is a Fulbright scholar. Ms. Nemeth, whose sculptures and installations have been shown in Slovakia, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Germany, New York, the Netherlands, Sweden and South Korea, will bring her audio piece, 27 meters (30 yards) to the sidewalk outside AS 220 on Empire Street. Originally shown in Brno, Czech Republic in 2004, this piece contains six monologues of different people. For example, both a Czech hairdresser living in the town for 16 years and a randomly chosen Finnish manager who had spent one day in the city, are parts of the project. Visitors can take one of the available headphones and have a ‘walk’ with some chosen companion from the small Central-European town Dunajska Streda. The length of one of the three audio tracks corresponds to a real route in Ilona's hometown in the Slovak Republic, Dunajska Streda. The sound sequences were recorded at one of the busiest intersection in the town.

Ilona Nemeth
Born in 1963 in Dunajska Streda, Slovakia, Ilona Nemeth lives and works near Bratislava, Slovak Republic. She studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest – DLA master’s course (2000-2003) and the Hungarian College of Applied Art – Department of Typography and Typographic Art, Budapest (1981-1986). In 2003 she was awarded the Prize of the Ludwig Museum, in 2001 the Hungarian Ministry of Culture and Education presented her with the Munkacsy Mihaly Award and in 1998 she was awarded the Slovak Visual Arts Prize by The Foundation for a Civil Society, Bratislava, the Open Europe Prize and the award of the Association of Hungarian Artists in Slovakia. At the moment, she studies public art as a Fulbright Scholar at NYU, New York.
Ilona Nemeth has exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Slovakia, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Germany, New York, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Korea, including key solo exhibitions at the Modern Art Oxford in 2006, Kozelites Galeria, Pecs in 2005 and Retrospective at the Gyori Varosi Muzeum, Gyor in 2004.
She represented Slovakia in the Czech and Slovak Pavillion in Venice Biennale 2001. Her work is represented in collections in the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava City Gallery, Ludwig Museum-Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest, Museum of Art, Zilina and the Kortars Magyar Galeria, Dunajska Streda. Ms. Nemeth primarily works with site specific installations, many of which actively involve the audience. For more information visit www.ilonanemeth.sk.
The New York Times article By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN, February 6, 2008

Viera Levitt
(formerly Viera Jancekova) worked as a curator in one of Slovakia's leading Contemporary Arts Museum, the Jan Koniarek Gallery located in the historic town of Trnava from 1997. She became director of this space in 2002, as the youngest director ever in a public art museum in the Slovak Republic. Since 1996, she has curated or co-curated more than thirty exhibitions in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, and the USA.
She has given lectures and presentations about contemporary art in Bratislava, Berlin, Rotterdam, Hiroshima, New Delhi, Caracas, Wakefield and Providence, RI.
Since January 2006, she has lived in Rhode Island, USA as an independent curator.

Sound engineer: Roman Lasciak

Thanks: AS220, Bert Crenca and Neil T. Walsh,
and Pro Slovakia - Program of the Ministry of Culture of Slovak Republic

Click here to read an article about the project

Photo:Tibor Somogyi (1, 2), archive of Ilona Nemeth (3)
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