Similar Stories

Fajgerné Dudás & Horváth Lóczi

16 February - 24 March, 2023

Curator: Noémi SZABÓ

The strategy of motherhood are varies from person to person but as a matter of fact they are similar because being a mother/ a parent is turning you entire life to a different state. This experience is changing your whole personality, moreover it forms your connection to society and creative practice. By taking care of childrens you can learn this “maternal thinking” which is a difficult, complex, it means that you need to balance between being an artist, a creative person and dealing with the everyday life of taking care of your family. Fajgerné Dudás Andrea and Horváth Lóczi Judit decided to introduce this special intellectual and physical state of mind through their personal experiences. They both belong to the same generation and they are both mothers. Even though they paint in a really different way, they have both been interested in women's art for years. They are connected differently to the historian feminist aspects, instead of program-like tendency they are affected by empirical practical experiences. Beyond emancipation they are committed next to the traditional women’s roles: they live in a marriage, they raise their children, do the housework, they brilliantly deal with time meanwhile in their art they express along their feminine and motherhood identity a deep criticism about the patriarchal framework of society.

This exhibition called Similar Stories is a result of a long process, first of all it draws from the primer multiannual observations of being a mother then it themes the artist’s subjective experiences through the visual art tools into a community affair. Fajgerné Dudás and Horváth Lóczi assign seven concept during their conversations which defines their identity as a mother, they start a dialogue about their difficulties, the unspeakable fears, the roles of being a parent, also about the questions of the compatible to artistic practices and a career as well as the special “maternal thinking” characteristic without taboos and clichés, deeply psychologizing, self-reflexive and intimate way. The whole exhibition is an attempt: what kind of interface or various emphases affect the topic from two different artists who use different visual language?

The artist made a conscious decision that they will not inspect the others' work during the several months of creative process, they created a certain system of rules (themes, defined sizes of the paintings) which established a mutual compromise, it became the exhibitions important content aspect. How can creative women who have the profound vocation, belong to the european culture can process the excruciating feeling of constant remorse which is parallel with the mother role? When is that point coming when nothing really matters and how the patriarchally judgemental society takes it? What if they were born as men? What new levels can experienced from fatigue and exhaustion by the woman who is raising a child? Do women have prejudice against themselves in the motherhood community, whatsoever where are the borders of female empathy? How can we deal with the mental and intellectual load coming from a sense of professionalism for example when you are getting ready for an exhibition? How does privacy dissolve and transform when you become a mother? Those questions can be really familiar to all who became a mother, Fajgerné Dudás Andrea and Horváth Lóczi Judit’s micro histories can provide a dissolution mirror to all of us and meanwhile they hand their own experiences, knowledge and deeper feelings, they address to faith, feminine roles, their complex identity.

Noémi Szabó, art historian, curator of the exhibition