I started from minus two – Cătălina Nistor’s exhibition
7 June 2024 17 July 2024
One of the objectives of the B5 Studio AiR 2024 program is to focus on local characteristics and spirit, while another is to broaden the scope of residency programs and make different collaboration models visible. Within this framework, the exhibition by Cătălina Nistor, the program’s first invited resident artist, is realized. Reflecting on a topic she has been personally engaged with, she places bilingualism, prevalent in Transylvania and Târgu Mureș, at the center of her artistic practice and learning process. During her five-week stay, Cătălina Nistor gained a surface-level insight into the everyday life of the local Hungarian and Romanian populations, living together or alongside each other.

The works created during the residency program are text- and sound-based, organized into four units around her current interests – school, the ’90s, art, and war – viewed through the lens of authoritarian conceptual frameworks. Nistor draws rather than writes the texts, yet her practice is not comparable to calligraphy.

During the opening event, the larger exhibition space of the two B5 spaces will showcase the works created during the residency program. In the smaller space, attendees can continue to join the reaction and solidarity platform, established by the artist and her curators during the national protest of cultural institutions announced for the Night of Museums. They can also contribute to the artist’s Hungarian language learning project by suggesting words they consider important in their own professions.
Ágnes-Evelin Kispál & Attila Kispál

The project is co-financed by the National Cultural Fund*.
* The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund. The NCF is not responsible for the content of the project or the way in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely up to the beneficiary of the funding.