Throughout her career characterized by a consistently built visual language and intellectual vocabulary, Ágnes Eperjesi has been examining media theoretical questions and the social consequences of the use of media.
In her practice, the artist examines with sensitivity and almost scientific methodology the specificities of the photographic medium, its unexplored possibilities and meanings, as well as the power contexts that define social existence. Her conceptually oriented works and their intellectual background are not mere theoretical derivatives, but aesthetically high-toned and sensually rich creations.
Ágnes Eperjesi (1964) graduated from the then freshly launched, photography-centred department of Visual Communication and Typography of the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts in 1989. She pursued her Master degree in Visual Communication, and was a visiting student of the Minerva Academy of Groningen in 1989. She obtained her DLA from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2010 and is teaching at the Intermedia Department of the institution since 2011.
Eperjesi initiated her career with a solo show in 1989 and is exhibiting regularly since then, both in Hungary and in the international art scene, with 44 solo shows in the last 30 years. Among the most important exhibitions in Hungary, her project entitled Colour Matters (Színügyek) embraced three parallels shows in three different locations in 2009, presenting her observations and experimentations with colours from three independent aspects. The King Saint Stephen Museum published a catalogue of the whole project in one Hungarian and one English volume. Her solo exhibitions were hosted by the Mai Manó House of Photography, the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, the King Saint Stephen Museum, and the Millenáris Kerengő Gallery. Her latest exhibition, presented in the Fészek Art Club in 2019, received the attention of both the larger public, the professional circles and the international press, such as ArtMargins, an academic review edited abroad but regionally focused, that published an essay about her work at this occasion.
Among her most significant achievements are the installation entitled Newborns (1996), the Recycled series developed between 1999 and 2007, the cycle of performances Words of Power, realized as the opening program of OFF-Biennále Budapest, the installation entitled 365 Days of D., and the project You Should Feel Honoured. Interweaving her whole practice, the artistic experimentations conducted and results obtained in the medium of photogram, especially the substantial works and publications mainly using and focusing on the chromatic raw material since 2007, are also of central importance in her career.
She had solo exhibitions in New York, Houston, Philadelphia, and in European cities such as Amsterdam and Frankfurt, among others. She participated in group exhibitions hosted by major Hungarian institutions and international venues such as Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne; Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej, Warsaw; China Millenium Museum, Beijing; MUMOK, Vienna; and the Warsaw National Museum.
Her works can be found in numerous important Hungarian private and public collections such as the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum, the King Saint Stephen Museum in Székesfehérvár, the Hungarian Museum of Photography, the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest, the Public Foundation for Modern Art in Dunaújváros, as well as in international private and public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan.
She is member of the 'Association Internationale de la Couleur' (AIC).
A bilingual Hungarian-English volume dedicated to her early photographic works was published by acb ResearchLab in 2019.
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