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Borbála Szalai

Borbála Szalai

area: Theory, Curator

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Theory, Curator



recommending institution Stiftung

time period

April 2016 - April 2016

Borbála Szalai (b. 1983) is a curator based in Budapest, Hungary. She graduated at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest - Department of Art History. Since 2012 she is working as a curator at Trafó Gallery, Budapest and she is the editor of the Hungarian section of Artyčok.TV, international research, media and digital archive of contemporary art. She was a member of the curatorial board of the first OFF-Biennale Budapest in 2015 and she is a member of the management board of Curators' Network, an international platform for promotion and interconnection of art professionals.

Borbála Szalai


During the residency in Vienna I would like to develop some ideas, which are connected to a project started in 2014, dealing with the genre of performance-­lecture; a hybrid genre, which balances on the boundary between art and academia, incorporating some characteristics of artistic research, academic lecture, public speech and performative narrative techniques. In Vienna I'm planning to make some further research in the theoretical background of this genre, and I would like to map the Viennese art-­scene from this point of view; organize portfolio-­ meetings and discuss the possibilities of some new formats in performance art with artists and curators.

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