With her first solo exhibition Boglárka Éva Zellei introduces her research-pilgrimage of the past years. By reinterpreting the penitent thieves seen crucified on the two sides of Christ in images of the Calvary, she invites us to an event of special reconnecting, a process marked by the notions of judgment and acceptance, exclusion and release, in which we can explore our relations with God, ourselves and the society.

Boglárka Éva Zellei: Thief Step
Curated by Zoltán Körösvölgyi

February 5 - 22, 2020
TOBE Gallery, Budapest

Boglárka Éva Zellei (1993, Budapest) Photographer, visual artist. In her works she researches the transformation of spirituality and religion today. She began her studies with a BA at the Kaposvár University, attended courses at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, then graduated with an MA at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, in 2017. Besides Budapest, her works have been exhibited in London, Vienna, Monopoli, Breda and Ljubjana. Several magazines, including HANT – Magazin für Fotografie, IMA Magazine (Japan), C41 Magazine, Spiegel Online and The Guardian published her works. In 2018 she was one of those awarded the Pécsi József Photo Art Prize, as well as a finalist of the New East Photo Prize and shortlisted to the Prix Pictet Prize. She is a member of the Studio of Young Artists’ Association and the Studio of Young Photographers.

The exhibition was realised within the framework of the “Overview #3” exhibition series of the Studio of Young Photographers, with the support of the National Cultural Fund and the Hungarian Photographers Association.

Overview #3 is an exhibition series organized by the Studio of Young Photographers for the third time. The purpose of the program is to provide professional showcase platform for participating Studio members and selected curators. The first Overview was born in 2011 from the ideas of Kata Oltai and László Nánási, then continued in 2013-2014 under the care of Edit Barta and Péter Trembeczki. So far, the program has included, among others, well-known artists such as Máté Bartha, Sári Ember, Andrea Gáldi Vinkó and Éva Szombat.

This year’s edition will feature 9 solo and group exhibitions by a total of 10 artists at eight locations in Budapest and one in Debrecen, in non-profit and for-profit galleries such as FKSE Studio Gallery, ISBN Book+Gallery, K.A.S. Galéria, MyMuseum, PINCE, Sesztina Galéria (Modem, Debrecen), Supermarket Gallery, TOBE Gallery, Várfok Project Room.

The artists and curators involved in the project were selected through a competition: previously, members of the Studio were able to submit fresh project proposals, which we made available for applicant curators through an open call. From the curatorial ideas received, with the help of Flóra Barkóczi and Zoltán Tóth Balázs we have chosen those that can be realized within the framework of Overview #3. It was essential that the selected projects be implemented through close collaboration and discourse between the artist, curator and gallery representative / manager. (Benedek Regős, former secretary of FFS, project coordinator)