Co-presented with KAJET Journal


29.05 - 31.05

online event

Participating curators: Katalin Erdődi

Magyar nyelven, angol felirattal. / In Hungarian with English subtitles.

Supported by Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum Budapest, Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport.

Commissioned by the OFF-Biennale Budapest and ART AT WORK Vienna.

Watch the two video works created as part of the collaborative project NEWS MEDLEY online!

Inspired by the rich tradition of folk culture, in particular folk singing in Hungary, NEWS MEDLEY is a collaboration between London-based Polish visual artist Alicja Rogalska, curator Katalin Erdődi, folk singer Réka Annus and the Women’s Choir of Kartal, a village near Budapest in eastern Hungary.

NEWS MEDLEY talks about life in the countryside, as experienced by different generations of women. It recounts changes in political systems and lifestyles, and the hard-working realities of everyday life, commented on with humour and sharp wit by the choir members. A medley of five songs was chosen from the choir’s repertoire and collectively re-written, bringing together personal stories with collective concerns about community life and the future of the village.

The online screening features the music video NEWS MEDLEY shot on location in Kartal and the 30-minute documentary video KARTAL ROUNDTABLE, which gives insight into the rehearsals, discussions and social moments of togetherness during the collaborative process leading up to the video shoot.

NEWS MEDLEY (2020, video, 9’16”)

Alicja Rogalska with Katalin Erdődi, Réka Annus and the Women’s Choir of Kartal

KARTAL ROUNDTABLE (2020, video, 30’53”)

Katalin Erdődi and Alicja Rogalska