Júlia Standovár first solo exhibition can be viewed at TOBE Gallery between September 1 and October 2, 2021.
Júlia Standovár - Over The Blue Nipple Hilla
September 1 - October 2, 2021
TOBE Gallery, Budapest
Over the Blue Nipple Hills is the first solo show of Júlia Standovár at TOBE gallery, curated by Éda Meggyesházi. The exhibition explores issues related to sexuality, many layers of togetherness and the different levels of intimacy through photography, works on paper and concrete objects. Its imagery is based on the book of the same title that was co-written by Zsuzsanna Bede sexual physiologist and her daughter Júlia Standovár, it contains sincere conversations between mother and daughter alongside the art works.
The artist throughout her art practice works simultaneously on several projects that are closely related, interwoven, and affected by one and other. The array of media presented at the exhibition varies of photography of still-life to portraiture, works on paper that are diary like and concrete objects, which are material manifestations of corporeal and personal relationships. All three media leave room to their individual and joint interpretation.
The uniqueness of the exhibition lies in the fact that although it is about the human, more precisely about the personal and intimate relationships of people, the body is not brought to the forefront necessarily. Instead the artist allots the partly concrete party ready made objects with well known characteristics of human relationships, therefore the human body doesn’t become the primary interest of desire and fascination. A concrete object is able to show not only the corporal’s, but the soul’s attributes, considering that the object bears the duality of toughness and fragility. The subject matter of family, mostly appearing on the photographs can be the starting point of interpretation for grown up relationships. These perceptions became visual indications of intimacy on the diary like notes.
In spite of a linear reading the artworks create dialogues, recalling on their own sensibility, materiality and traceable patterns, this way constructing a natural and organic language, where the questions of womanhood, generational differences, physical existence, and taboos of sexuality are conveyed understandable for the spectator by humour and irony. The diverse media and their personal and lyrical documentations are in constant parallel with the book’s dialogical and reflective synthesis, meanwhile the installation of the exhibited pieces allows the viewer to process an everyday issue through their own experiences.
Júlia Standovár visual artist has been living in Brooklyn New York since 2013. She received the József Pécsi Scholarship in 2018 and 2019. She graduated at the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design in BA Photography in 2013 and at the School of Visual Arts in MA Photo- Video and Related Media in New York in 2015. She participated at several group exhibitions locally and internationally, for example at the Ludwig Museum and the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre in Budapest or at the MoMA PS1 Art Photo Book Fair and the Every Woman Biennial in New York.