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Anikó Robitz: Woven mirror

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Anikó Robitz: Woven mirror
Anikó Robitz: Woven mirror

Time & Location

May 12, 2021, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

37 Gallery, Budapest, Bartók Béla út 37, 1114 Hungary

About the event

Exhibition Opening

My new works explore the questions of identity and self-awareness. I began creating the Woven Mirror images at the end of 2019, using printed photos on canvas and mirrored artificial leather. The materials used for the images are cut into strips of various widths, woven together, and then fastened to a blind frame. The visual language remains geometric, but compared to my previous works, these create more layers, stepping out from the plane into space.

The Woven Mirror series can be considered a precursor to my 2019 exhibition "Holographic Memories" (Holographic Memories, TOBE Gallery, March 2019, Budapest). In this exhibition, I used family photos from the early '80s, Mexican milagros, and holographic materials to create new photographs. Additionally, there were 3D-printed objects combined with photos on display. In this series, I explored memories and how they change with the passage of time.

The elements of the images include photos featuring nets or various geometric shapes. These are partly new photos created for the new works, but I also used details from my previous images. The weaving of photos and mirrored surfaces can create complex or minimalist fabrics. The photo strips represent my unique characteristics, while the mirrored surfaces symbolize the search.

The mirrored surfaces do not provide a sharp image. This is partly due to the nature of the material and also depends on the bending and tension strength of the strips. This allows flat surfaces to be created, as well as concave mirrors that hold a distorted reflection in front of the self-seeking viewer. The mirror image also changes depending on whether the viewer is closer or farther away from these surfaces. Similar to the process of self-examination and identity formation, sometimes the image is clearer, other times more obscure. The mirrors are not evenly present in the works, symbolizing the intensive search or the state of temporary harmony.

The two types of ribbons pass above and below each other. They intersect, sometimes obscuring each other, thus transforming the pattern. Our identity is continuous but constantly changing and developing, adapting to current challenges. We become accepted and unique through our individual characteristics. Similarly, a person forms a whole while behaving differently at home or at work, and their gender, national, or religious identity may take precedence in different roles.

The exhibition is part of the official program of the Budapest Photo Festival.

Co-organizer: OSAS Open Structures Art Society. 

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