July 8, 2017

Ujj Zsuzsi - Works

This Hungarian artist-performer (born in 1959) is maybe one of the most important discovery I did since this blog was created, and I wonder why it took me so much time to find her work. Maybe because, weirdly, there is almost nothing about her in English, and all is in Hungarian (try it yourself on google). This is all the more incredible and scandalous that one of her pictured performance featured in an exhibition of the Tate Gallery in 2012 (see a paper here, one of the rare I found in English about her, and you can see the series that was hanged here) and that her imagery is stunning, strong, powerful and much more direct and semantically rich than those of so many more notorious performers. I think the following sentence from a blogger called Eirene (here) is totally appropriate "...the viewer is directly inplicated as a voyeur of a scene that oscillates between vulnerability and violence. This image of primitive ritual overturns alluring images of women".  I couldn't say better. Note that this is about the first picture of the series above, the one where she stands like a tribal chief, a skeleton painted on her nude body. But each picture could inspire a long legend and they are all fascinating and iconic. She makes the link between Theda Bara and the current fembodactivists that I appreciate so much and gather on this blog. The ghosts of UBU and of expressionism are floating around these images. All this performance and photographic work was done between 1985 and 1991. As it said in the paper, "In 1992 she abandoned these activities to write poetry, lyrics, or texts not meant for the public eye. As singer and songwriter of the Csókolom band, she published her recordings of music in 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2006". You can see her in this activity of poet-singer in some video that I added below. But her work must not be forgotten or overlooked and is among my favorite any style any time. For those who understand Hungarian, below a video about an exhibition where she speaks.

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