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ARTA Magazine presents: Structural censorship, crackdown and resistance. What’ going on in the cultural politics in Hungary?

A talk by editor in chief Gergely Nagy

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 7 pm București
Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4

Since 2010 nothing is the same in Hungary’s political life. Along with the anti-democratic changes a lot of things have changed in the cultural institutional system and in the art system as well.

Dramatic cuts in public funding. Marginalizing the actors of the progressive, subversive cultural scene. Hijacking of the art institutions. Ideological and financial control. Crackdown on civil society. Political control over National Art Fund.

On the other hand: huge investments into the infrastructure. Mass media is in the hands of oligarchs. Money and power go to the loyal art organizations. Parallel institutions are absorbing the resources.

How did the art field react? How did the art community respond? Resistance strategies. Plans for build up something new.
This presentation gives a view on the current cultural political situation in Hungary.

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Gergely Nagy (1969) is a journalist, editor and author, living and working in Budapest. Editor in chief for Artportal, a website dealing with contemporary art, cultural policy and art market. He also works for OFF-Biennale Budapest, Hungary’s first independent art biennial. As an author he published four books.

Gergely’ presentation will be realized in the framework of East Art Mags project. This is a common platform of four art magazines in the region: Revista Arta Online (RO), Artportal (HU), Artalk (CZ/SK), SZUM (PL). Currently East Art Mags is running an art critic residency program, which includes six cities: Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj, Prague, Warsaw. This project is supported by AFCN and Visegrad Fund.

Dan Perjovschi at OFF Biennale Budapest, 2015. Photo credits: Aknay Csaba.