Krétakör was the only Hungarian organization invited to participate in the 7th Berlin Biennale, a prestigious contemporary art exhibition. The event led by curators Artur Zmijewski and Joanna Warsza intended to examine how creative art and performing arts benefit society. In February 2012 under a call for proposals we invited works that strengthened national identity.
According to the tender criteria, applicants had to define national identity and based on their own definition, propose a program that could strengthen national identity. We were happy that we could create a strong cooperation also with important conservative and rightwing media outlets and political groups that generally demand a more normative national identity.
Out of 18 applications, six were chosen to be taken to the Berlin Biennale. During a two-day competition on the stage of Theaterdiscounter, applicants were competing for the game’s 5000-euro prize before a German and Hungarian jury. Hungarian jury members included prominent figures from Hungarian civil society and press (Péter Juhász – HCLU, Milla; Nóra L. Ritók – Real Pearl Foundation; Imre Mészáros – Motor Association ‘Gój’; Henrietta Dinók – Romédia Foundation; Marietta Forgács ; Gábor Gerényi – Mandiner; Tessza Udvarhelyi – The City is for All; staff members from Népszabadság, Magyar Narancs, Mandiner, Barikád, Index, HVG, 7óra7, Revizoronline and Magyar Hírlap). The German jury was made up of the ProjektFabrik organization from Berlin that promotes the reintegration of young German people into the labor market. The grand prize was awarded to KÜMA, Association of Hungarian University Students Abroad. Their goal was to create an advocacy association for Hungarian students studying abroad to support them in entering the Hungarian job market.
Project Managers: Márton Gulyás and Péter Fancsikai