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Border Life

A conversation with Ilona Németh

February 2009


llona Németh (1963, Dunajská Streda, Czechoslovakia, currently, Slovakia) studied typography and book arts at the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest, where she received her DLA in 2003.  Her site-specific installations, interactive sound environments, objects, and videos explore representations of the female body and gendered perceptions of public space and of everyday activities. In her early work, she questioned the stereotypical relations between nature and the feminine. In her more recent environments and videos, she focuses on the boundaries between public and private space, as well as on issues of domesticity and habitation. 


Németh has had numerous solo exhibitions (including Modern Art, Oxford, UK, 2006; Györi Városi Múzeum, Györ, Hungary, 2004) and has been featured, among others, at the Praguebiennale (2005), at the Biennale de Valencia in Spain (2003), at the Venice Biennale (1999, 2001), as well as at many other prestigious exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the US, including “Positioning” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, 2005), “After the Wall” (Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1999), and  “Aspekten/Positionen” (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, 1999). Németh is represented, among others, in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art/Ludwig Museum (Budapest, Hungary) and the Slovak National Gallery (Bratislava, Slovakia). 


She lives and works in Dunajská Streda, Slovakia.



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