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Photo exhibition: Csango Hungarians in Moldova

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Csango Hungarians in Moldova 

Selection from the works of photographer Gergely Csoma 


 

20 April – 4 May 2018

In the opening of the exhibition, the Somos Ensemble will present a short musical introduction into Csango-Hungarian folk music. Later in the evening, the band will perform in Balkan Trafik festival.

Opening date: 20 April 2018 18h

Venue: Balassi Institute, Treurenberg 10, 1000 Brussels


 

Description of the program:

Moldavian Csango traditions, culture and everyday life are presented through the photos of Gergely Csoma, sculptor. Gergely Csoma is interested in the archaic traditions, dialects, music, dresses of Csangos and in the problems deriving from their particular situation as a minority. He travelled throughout Moldova for three decades, presenting his experiences in pictures and eight books. He established a close relationship with Csangos; therefore, he wanted to participate as a teacher in the program of Hungarian education resumed after almost fifty years. He lived among them in a farmhouse for a year. At this 16 square meters, he taught Hungarian grammar, writing and reading to the children of Szabófalva in their free time. These experiences are presented in his book, Megtalált Szavak (Found Words).

In our exhibition we have a selection from his photo albums. His paintings bring us close to this impoverished but culturally rich ethnic group.

 

Professional biography of Gergely Csoma

1975-77: Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw; 1977-82: Hungarian University of Fine Arts, mentors: Jan Kucz, Stanislaw Kulon, Jan Myjak, László Kiss, Iván Szabó, József Somogyi. In 1987 as a member of Soros fellowship he made medals and small plasters (Japan, USA); 1982: Award of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. In 1988 he worked in the artist residency of Iserlohn, wood sculptor. He made a documentary for MMA (works of cinematographer, reporter and director).

Individual exhibitions

  • 1988 - Castle Gallery [Attila Császár], Veszprém
  • 1992 - Almássy Square Leisure Center, Budapest  - Gallery of Erzsébetváros, Budapest (photo exhibition) - Ethnographic Museum, Budapest (photo exhibition)
  • 1998 - Japanese Restaurant Arigato, Budapest (independent exhibition)
  • 1999 - House of Hungarians, Budapest (photo exhibition)

His books:

  • About the Moldavian Csango Hungarians (photo album) 1988
  • Spells and healing at Moldavian Csango Hungarians (2000)
  • Lost words - written linguistic memorial of Moldavian Hungarians (2004)
  • Found words (2006)
  • Abandoned time - 33 years between Moldavian Csangos (2009)
  • Moldavian bicycle and other stories (2012)
  • Moldavian flight (2013)
  • Bound time - Spells, incantations, archaic prayers and folk tales from Moldavia (2016)

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Registration: HERE

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May 03.
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May 04.
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Jun 05.
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CONCERT BY ESZTER KARASSZON - CELLIST
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