MOLNÁR ANI GALLERY: Szilárd Cseke − JOBCENTRE EAST

The MOLNÁR ANI GALLERY kindly invites you to the opening of its upcoming exhibition: 

Szilárd Cseke − JOBCENTRE EAST

on Thursday, 4 October 2012, at 6 p.m.

Opening speech by: Gábor Döme, art historian

Address: MOLNÁR ANI GALÉRIA, H – 1088 Budapest, Bródy Sándor u. 22. 1st floor.

The exhibition is open until 30 November 2012, from Tuesday to Friday between 12 a.m. and 6 p.m.

CSEKE Szilárd: Jobcentre East

Every year Eastern Europe gives an increasing quota of the West’s workforce, in which Hungarian employees are represented in a large number. People who for a number of reasons like their Swiss Frank loan or their hopeless living conditions try to find their luck in countries with higher GDP than their own. In London they live in each others neighborhood, they created quasi quarters, where they have their common cafés, and they even have a comedian to entertain them in Hungarian. The connection with the family in most cases is provided by the internet – skype is such an utensil through which though virtually the workers abroad can keep in touch with the family at home. This type of migration differs from the one in the past, because in this case the employees go abroad as citizens of EU member countries following the possibilities provided by their rights, and many of them do this as a commuter.

Great-Britain in the beginning of the 20th Century developing the organization of the labor market by the initiation of Winston Churchill and William Beveridge established the office – the predecessor of the current Jobcentre Plus which is searched by the Brittish and foreign unemployed. The branch offices of Jobcentre Plus, where we can brows with high technical support among the various job adverts. These offices became emblematic after the recession in Britain is the 70s, but nowadays they serve as the starting point of the new life of the guest worker. The job seekers who left their former life behind standing on unstable ground arrive to Jobcentre with their hopes and spend hours here searching, in the meantime they discuss with each other their personal fate, in the end this place serves also as a social forum.

Szilárd Cseke who for a longer period deals with the subject of identity and social state of the employees in his art, uses and twists the brand of Jobcentre and the meaning of the place, to reflect on a major problem of our society – the currently more and more actual migration of the workers. The exhibition, on view in Molnár Ani Gallery, offers new interpretations for the social, psychological layers and those concerning several readings of identity. The artist’s interactive installations leave open the explanations of the theme but they present a situation for the visitor.

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