Dóra Benyó | Where do we put the bug?

 Exhibition | 03 – 20 September 2020

Opening | Wednesday 02 September | 18:00 – 22:00

Finissage | Sunday 20 September | 14:00 – 18:00

© painting detail by Dóra Benyó

‘“Recently I visited my grandmother in Budapest together with my mother and sister. During dinner, I asked her, “Grandma, how come there was never a strike to change the working conditions of the factory when you worked?” My mother interrupted me intensely, “Dóra! You cannot imagine what it was like back then! Before hundreds of people are on strike, you need a number of people who get the idea started. But at that time, you were being constantly watched and risked to be taken away and lose your ear. You grew up so freely that you can’t imagine what it is like not being able to say what you want. ” Then I kept my mouth shut.”’

Because Dóra Benyó moved from Hungary to the Netherlands as a baby, she grew up in both cultures and got to know them from up close. Her background has a great influence on her work. In her practice she questions how images and stories are censored. She traces her genealogy, digs into stories mainly related to her Hungarian origins, rewrites those experiences and put them in a new light.

The title Where do we put the bug? refers to the first chapter of the Hungarian documentary Az Ügynök élete (The Life of an Agent) by Gábor Zsigmond Papp in which he shows how secret agents used to work in Budapest during the Soviet regime. The film is made of the original secret archive material and tells you instructions about how the observed people. For the solo exhibition at Cunst-link in Brussels Dóra presents the results of her research into her grandfather’s past – a man who was surveilled for decades because of his position as oppositional politician during the Soviet regime – in video, paintings and secret performances. By comparing personal and political stories
she investigates the way we transfer information and the defects in communication systems.


Where do we put the bug? [Où pose-t-on la puce?] est une citation tirée du premier chapitre du film documentaire hongrois Az Ügynök élete [La vie d’un Agent secret] de Gábor Zsigmond Papp qui présente, à travers des archives secrètes originales, le travail des agents secrets à Budapest sous le régime soviétique et donne des instructions à son auditoire pour observer la population. Pour son exposition personnelle à Cunst-link, Dóra montre les résultats auxquels l’ont mené ses recherches dans le passé de son grand-père, un homme qui a été mis sous surveillance pendant des décennies à cause de sa position en tant que membre de l’opposition. À travers des vidéos, des peintures et des performances secrètes, l’exposition met en vis-à-vis des histoires personnelles et politiques, et questionne la façon dont on transfère l’information et les défauts des systèmes de communication.


Practical info / infos pratiques
The exhibition is open on Sundays / l’exposition est ouverte les dimanche 14:00 – 18:00
et par rendez-vous / and by appointment :
cunst.link@artistcommons.net | +324 84 964 171

Special Opening hours during / Ouvertures spéciales pendant Brussels Gallery Weekend : 14:00 – 18:00
Finissage & musical performance by Carrageenanon Sunday / le dimanche 20.09, 14:00 – 18:00


⎐ Cunst-link is one of the artistic shared spaces of the Artist Commons Brussels

⎐ With the kind support of / Avec le soutien de FWB, Vedett & Sparkling Solutions

In order to comply with the current hygiene measures we invite you to bring your mask. During the opening and finissage we will take care to not exceed the max number of people allowed. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation! ❤

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