Andreas Fogarasi

(Vienna, 1977)



Andreas Fogarasi is concerned with his spatial interventions, objects, typographic studies and architectural analyses with the factors that shape how cultural entities become image. With what “image” does a location, a city, a brand or a landscape try to reach the reader and/or the consumer? In competition over urban status symbols, culture has also become a realm that is increasingly subject to an economic logic of profit maximization. In his work, Fogarasi consistently engages with the developments and changes of city spaces, their conditions of transformation and linked processes of the transformation or urban life, and studies the spatial determinations of concrete sites and exposes their structure as constantly changing in interventions that seem almost coincidental. The result of his analyses is subjected to a symbolic process of transformation for which he develops formal-constructive models that he places in relation to the concrete exhibition space. With simple architectural gestures, he develops exhibition displays that open a perceptual experience that contradicts our usual spatial systems of reference. His photography and video works circle around the objects depicted without ever showing them entirely, and interweave them to form a network of associations. Andreas Fogarasi’s stagings are complex studies of the chosen structure in terms of their architecture, sign systems, and cultural history.




Andreas Fogarasi was awarded the Golden Lion in 2007 for his contribution to the Hungary Pavilion at 52nd Venice Biennale. He has taken part in numerous important exhibitions, including Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt/Main) and the Sixth International Armenian Biennial. Recently his works have been on view at individual exhibitions at Budapest’s Ernst Museum (2008), Museum für angewandte Kunst (2008) in Vienna and Lombard-Freid Projects (2008) in New York.