area: Art & Ecology
Autonomy © Judit Kis, photo: David Biro
Strategic Stillness, NewYork, 2022 © Judit Kis, photo: Zachary Fabri
Surrender 2023 © Judit Kis
The Sanctuary, 2023 © Judit Kis
The Sanctuary, Motherboard Artspace, 2023 © Judit Kis
Vision © Judit Kis, photo: Kunstdokumentation
areaArt & Ecology
time periodOctober 2023 - November 2023
Judit Kis is one of the winners of the Open Call Art & Ecology. The MuseumsQuartier invited international artists whose work focuses on art and ecology to apply for a residency at the site.
Kis is an intermedia artist and researcher based in Budapest and Berlin.
Her performative videos and virtual diaries reflect on the experiences and traumas that shape our identities, personal boundaries, and behavioral patterns.
Her practice combines digital content with installations of objects and often expands into participatory performances and community engagement. Currently she is pursuing a doctoral degree to explore the social impact of self-defining and self-revealing performances with a focus on self-care, mental health, and alternative healing methodologies.
She received the ACAX – Leopold Bloom and Young Visual Art Award in 2020 and the Derkovits Art Grant in 2019 with an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Budapest. In 2021, she completed a studio residency at Residency Unlimited and Artist Alliance inc. in New York City.
She had solo exhibitions in 2022 entitled; Surrender at Kahan Art Space in Budapest and Vienna and a duo show with Tamás Ábel; Strategic Stillness at the American Hungarian Library in New York. In 2023, she participated in group exhibitions; Queer Art Spaces at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, The Sanctuary at Motherboard Artspace in Vienna, La sustancia de la revelación at Studio Croma in Mexico City and Handle with Care at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest.
Judit Kis’ research explores the use of plant medicine and psychedelics in Occidental cultures which are introduced and preserved by indigenous communities that are getting little or no credit. She is interested in the integration process of indigenous research methodologies into academia and how to create ‘ethical spaces of engagement’ to discuss different perspectives on what we call science and knowledge. By recognizing the interconnectedness between various systems of oppression, she cares about environmental movements that are intersectional and include the voices of BIPOC communities and acknowledge animal rights despite the ongoing problem of speciesism.
Her main objective through the MQ Art & Ecology residency is to engage her audience to consider animal advocacy movements and practices that decolonize our unsustainable food systems. Her current project at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest; Enchanting Souls initiates conversations on animal welfare, plant based diets and the connection between our digestion and mental health.