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Video Installation: Zsófia Meller | IWM

Video Installation: Zsófia Meller


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Interactive video installation by Ilona Németh
Architect: Marian Ravasz
Video: Dialogue with Ágnes Heller (10´30″)

Zsófia Meller

The primary theme of this work is a personal interview with the philosopher Ágnes Heller. The original intent of the artist is to focus on the roles of exceptional women through their family stories. The Zsófia Meller movie brings the story about what influence the model of a strong woman in the family – the grandmother, had on the life journey of a world renowned female intellectual. One particular “picture” in her storytelling especially aroused the interest of Ilona Németh: namely that the first woman studying at the University of Vienna, Zsófia Meller, could only participate in the lectures separated from the male audience by a folding screen. This “picture” from her private memory should have consequently become the key component of the installation.

Ilona Németh was born January 28, 1963 in Czechoslovakia to a family of Hungarian
national descent. Over the past 25 years Németh has created a vast body of work, constantly questioning ingrained identity patterns and truths offered up by the majority opinion. She has openly engaged with her multi-national affiliation, female tone and critical political mindset, including her family background of active politicians, sociologists and lawyers. Her immediate surroundings – its objects, characters and occurrences – serve as her starting point for video and photographic articulations, alongside appropriated or manufactured pieces and site specific works, including installations in the public sphere

Opening: November 30, 2017
Venue: IWM meeting room
Visits: during IWM opening hours, by appointment or at events

In cooperation with Knoll Galerie Wien + Budapest (www.knollgalerie.at)