June 17, 2019

Szabolcs KissPál, Katarina Šević and Katalin Székely in conversation with Jade Niklai

Event series Whose freedom?

Panel discussion

In launching the Secession’s Whose Freedom? event series, the artistic scene and the changing political climate of Hungary are examined by curator Katalin Székely and artists Szabolcs KissPál and Katarina Šević. Since 2010 Hungary’s arts community has been endangered by a new institutional system, where political party loyalty and the establishment of a conservative national cultural canon broadly inspired by folklore and overt nationalismhave taken precedence. Topics include: culture as political legitimisation; self-censorship, self-expression and self-identification; grass-roots activism, funding and fundraising; individual expressions and collective practices. An overview of the status quo and possible futures are examined with an introduction to key protagonists and exemplar artworks.

Moderated by Jade Niklai.


Szabolcs KissPál is an artist and associate professor in the Intermedia Program of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and co-founder of the Free Artist protest group. He lives in Budapest.

Katarina Šević is an artist committed to a collaborative practice and cofounder of several independent art spaces and initiatives. She lives in Berlin.

Katalin Székely is a member of the curatorial team at OFF-Biennale Budapest and creative program officer at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives, Budapest. She lives in Budapest.

Jade Niklai (Moderator) is a curator and the director of Blood Mountain Projects, an arts organisation exploring the cultural past, present and potential of Central Europe. She lives in Vienna.


In the context of the event series Whose freedom?
Talk in Englisch