Category: Projects 2008

Art Keeps Us Together

HUVAC & CHAC group exhibition

Throughout history and in all cultures visual artists have played a major role in reflecting the world in which they live. In Canada, some artists of Hungarian origin have given expression to their immigrant experience, others have so completely integrated into the Canadian art scene that one might be surprised to discover that they hail from Hungary. Many Canadian artists are attempting to enrich their art through explorations of their Hungar-ian roots.

The Canadian Hungarian Artists Collective(CHAC) of Montreal and the Hungaian Visual Artists of Canada (HUVAC) of Toronto have attempted to bring together a number of artists.The ice has been broken finally, and the two art groups had a joint exhibition in Toronto at the:

Hungarian Canadian Cultural
840 St. Clair Avenue West
From May 3rd to 11th, 2008

Canadian Landscapes

A new exhibition of photographs exploring the Canadian Landscape was sent to Budapest where they were exhibited at the Regnum Marianum.

Location: Regnum Marianum, Budapest, Hungary.

Coordinator: Andrea Blanar

Curator: Gabor Szilasi

The 11 photographers represented in the exhibition are Alex Brzezinski, Gwylan Goddard, Geza Hermann, Victor Kapas, Anne Kmetyko, Emilia Kun, Rose Szasz, Attila Szell, Gabor Szilasi, Vivian Tors, Steve Zoni. Images include both black and white and colour, digital colour images as well as traditional black and white silver prints.

The nineteen photographs traveling to Budapest celebrate the variety of seasons we all experience in Canada. There are images depicting the natural beauty of snow, rocks, lakes, and sunsets. There are also images showing the intervention by humans in the landscape. The rural towns and hayfields along the St. Lawrence River, the houses and churches, roads, and bridges built over the years to enable people to move around in the landscape. Most of the photographs were made within the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick since more than half of the photographers had taken part in the Tantramar Photography Workshop directed by Gabor Szilasi in New Brunswick this past summer. One image depicts the newly named territory of Nunavut.

This exhibition of Canadian Landscape Photographs was curated by Anne Kmetyko for the Canadian Hungarian Artists Collective (CHAC) based in Montreal under the direction of Andrea Blanar. Jury members Alex Brzezinski, Anne Kmetyko, and Gabor Szilasi made the selection of nineteen photographs for the exhibition. Forty photographs had been submitted. The REGNUM MARIANUM had requested between fifteen and twenty for their space.

CHAC wishes to thank the director of REGNUM MARIANUM in Budapest for inviting them to organize an exhibition of Canadian images. CHAC also thanks the photographers for their enthusiastic participation and the jury members for their experienced selection duties.