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eNRA 2017 in Kosice

written by Ágnes Kovács
translated by Zoltán Bartko 2018-04-16


eNRA 2017 in Kosice


22 March 2018 to 16 April 2018

MaJel Rovás Centre, Alžbetina 42, Košice, Slovakia 



The eNRA, the International Creative Community of Rovás entered its fifth year. This international group of artists, was founded by the 24-year-old Rovás in 2012; however, there were attempts to exhibit the works produced at the establishing organisation′s creative camps even earlier. The last summer camp was the eighth in a row; similarly to the previous years, it was held at three venues, for a total of three weeks, with one or two weeks of gaps in between. 


These camps are the fundamental pillars of the organisation, which does its best to organise the camp at all costs, at three venues – in Transylvania, in Hungary and in Slovakia.  Even if times are hard. 


The idea behind the establishment of the eNRA was the team gathering every year at summer camps – last year, it was their 8th annual meeting – which comes together to create art, talk, exchange views and ideas and form a community. The various venues are opportunities to join this artistic community – in Transylvania, in Hungary and here, in Slovakia. Rovás invites ever more new artists to join, so this international, though mostly Hungarian group of artists, the eNRA came to life. Every year, the members of eNRA create an abundance of works, different in style, technique and theme; however, their exhibitions are harmonious, because their leitmotif is the common way of thinking and unity.


Rovás even has a characteristic of eNRA – almost a definition. It is as follows: The eNRA prefers free arts and free creativity, uninfluenced by the fashionable trends or the lack of expertise. Free arts means unlimited, independent creativity, which doesn′t hide behind the label of "contemporary art" and doesn′t try to find an alibi in subjectivism. 


Due to the lack of space, the exhibition at the MaJel Rovás centre in Košice, Slovakia presents only a tiny slice of the works, while the larger part remained in Rožňava, Slovakia, at the local Mining Museum, located at the main square of the town. They are being exhibited to the public until Monday, March 26. In Rožňava, we had the possibility to set independent exhibitions of 8 artists. Among these were four recipients of the Munkácsy Prize and one recipient of the Kossuth Prize, exhibiting together, to show their support to Rovás: painter József Szurcsík, painter Márton Barabás, sculptor Attila Dienes, sculptor Tamás Gál and graphic artist István Orosz. 


The works exhibited in Košice were also exhibited in Rožňava. From here, the exhibition shall move to the gallery Limes in Komárno, Slovakia.


The artists exhibiting here are as follows:

painter Lóránt Ágoston from Szeged, Hungary; painter Márton Barabás, recipient of the Munkácsy Prize from Budapest, Hungary; painter Barnabás Bódis from Budapest, Hungary; painter József Borsó Borisza from Košice, Slovakia; graphic artist Andrea Boroszlói from Budapest, Hungary; sculptor Attila Dienes, recipient of the Munkácsy Prize and leather artist Kinga Dienes from Magyarpolány, Hungary; graphic designer Dóra Gráf from Budapest, Hungary; graphic designer Vica Juhász from Eger, Hungary; graphic artist László Kiss from Encs, Hungary; painter Maya Kiss from Gabčíkovo, Slovakia; photographer András Koreň from Košice, Slovakia; painter László Nemes from Zalaegerszeg, Hungary; painter Szilvia Ponyiczki from London, UK; painter Ottó Szabó from Košice, Slovakia; graphic artist Mátyás Zagiba from Jovice, Slovakia; graphic designer Zoltán Zeman from Eger, Hungary. 


The title of the exhibition is as follows: "Why. (dot)" This question word is not followed by a question mark, but a dot. 

What is the point? Rovás has been questioned many times, in many aspects. Why Rovás? 

This exhibition – in addition to the one in Rožňava, Slovakia – is the answer to the question – to the non-believers. 


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