Judit Kis
–in search of disappearing affections

curator: Viola Lukács
topic | espace d’art independent, Avenue Ernest-Pictet 28-30, 1203 Genève

Curator`s words

“You know, you kept me thinking all day. I haven’t spoken to anyone for months and I barely know you and I already need to talk to you … And there’s something the more I think about the less I understand: why the hell did you tell me you liked me? Answer me, because I didn’t like you saying that at all. You can’t just walk up to a woman you barely know and tell her you like her. Y-o-u-c-a-n’t. You don’t know what she’s going through, what she’s feeling. I’m not married, you know. I’m not anything in this world. I’m just not anything.” – Guillermo Arriaga, 21 Grams, London: Faber and Faber 2003

Violuk Contemporary is pleased to present an immersive exhibition of new works by Judit Kis, concerning her ongoing research on human relations, such as love and other crimpy issues. This will be Kis’ first solo show in Geneva.

Kis presents painting, sculpture, and video, continuing her exploration and exploitation of personal relations. I HAVE NEVER HAPPENED addresses the community-forming rituals and codes around love affairs and their transgressions, working through the underbelly of desire as expressed through the patterns of cheating and envy.

How long does it take to get rid of all the illusions cumulated during a relationship? Do we really leave traces in each other`s life?

Kis is one of the generations 2.0 “camgirl” artists, who is claiming awareness to women net artists to a boarder public. Her self-revealing videos embody the circle of love relations despite gender and social premises, while also intimacy and poetry are woven into the floating text along the videos, she describes; “All my works are honest reflections on the temporary impressions that are often repeated in my life. Where do these memories come from, are they all just my illusions? I became interested in what effects I have had on Others’ lives while they often become the source of my artworks as being an inspiration for a piece.”

The open-cube-space of Topic will function as the artist`s transparent black box, storing memories, images, objects, overscrolled conversations, never answered e-mails, delightful contentment of unity and struggles of neglect. The installation is going to be in perpetual flux between the state of illusion and disillusion, thus it depicts the nature of love and its consequences.
During the exhibition this gloomy box will open for participation via daily collective absolution and forgiveness practices. We invite the audience to take part in various activities, such as Illusion cleaning yoga, clay workshop, postcard sending session and book-banding brunch. As part of Kis` artistic practice, she calls for the voice of Others not only on the spot but also on Instagram that provides anonymity for the contributors.
The resulting works straddle the complex relationships between meaning, complexity, representation, and materiality of love and other crimpy issues.


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AMB 2015