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"ARTISTS RESPOND" PROJECT: JÁNOS SUGÁR (Hungary)
12. June 2020

János Sugár (b. 1958, Budapest) is an artist whose work shows strong social and political sensitiveness and systematically analyses the current time. During 1980 - 86 he was a member of Indigo, an interdisciplinary art group led by Miklós Erdély. His art practice includes sculpture, installations, performances, video, film, as well as theoretical writing and publishing.

Sugár lives in Budapest, from where he sends us a photograph from his studio, showing his daily life in this period. He as well sends his work We Fucked It Up, initially created in 2012, but appropriate for the current situation as well. "This piece is based on a statement given by the Hungarian Minister of Development in 2011 referring to new Hungarian media law*, but I think this statement could be true from the point of the actual case, it could be interpreted as a rare and honest admission in a wider, global context, which we could all rightfully say witnessing the grave environmental, economic, and moral crisis. As long as we do not acknowledge our responsibility, i.e. we do not admit that we made a mistake, we have no chance to correct it.

* /…/ Over a long dinner assisted by the expertise of the specially-appointed "EU presidency sommelier," one minister first claimed the media law was no different from other European countries. He later admitted that it was, indeed, more stringent than similar laws elsewhere. "You have to understand, this is central Europe, where there are anti-Semitism and anti-gypsy sentiment. The government has to protect people." By the time the sweet Tokaji dessert wine was poured, he had conceded: "OK, we fucked it up."/…/".

Budapest, 11/06/2020


Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.


János Sugár was a participant of our Artist on Vacation project in 2012, organised by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection, with Valamar Riviera d.d. in whose facilities they reside in Poreč.

See more: Artist on Vacation

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