curated by Katharina Swoboda & Mare van Koningsveld


Info exhibition Budapest


The Frame that blinds us

March 3 - March 15, 2017

Curated by Katharina Swoboda & Mare van Koningsveld


With: János Brückner/Khansa Humeidan (HU/SYR), Azahara Cerezo (ES), Marta Fišerová (CZ), Reka Lorincz (HU), Marko Markovic/ Sandro Đukić/ Branko Cerovac (HR), Joe Joe Orangias (US), David Reumüller (AT), Kamen Stoyanov (BG), Katharina Swoboda (AT)


Opening: March 2, 7pm

Introduction by Christiane Kada and performances by Rah, Joe Joe Orangias, Viktoria Monhor and Marko Markovic/ Sandro Đukić.


Film & Lecture Program: March 3, 5pm

With talks and screenings by Marlies Pöschl ("Christal" installation version, 2016) and Rah ("Dear Sister", 2016)



APA Galéria, Horánszky u.5., Budapest, Hungary. In collaboration with Péter Bencze.



about the project "The frame that blinds us"


In 2009 the American philosopher and feminist Judith Butler (1956) published ‘Frames of War’, a text about the framing of Non-Western people in war times and how these frames can also be changed. This theory of eight years ago, about how existing perceptions of ‘the other’ are confirmed but can also be changed, has not lost its urgency in these times of the refugee crisis, post-truth politics and right-wing political sentiments.


In ‘Frames of War’, Butler discusses what determines a life as recognizable and valuable post 9/11. She questions why some human lives are worthy of protection, while others (that are Non-Western) are not, in time of war as well as in a daily context. Butler believes that different forms of media are crucial players in modern times: imagery that is spread through modern technology like internet and television confirms political, media and other kind of ways Non-Western migrants are framed. But the same techniques can also oppose traditional ways of framing and create new ways of perception.


In this exhibition project “The frame that blinds us”, several artists reflect on Butler’s theory and the current refugee crisis that became urgent from 2015 onward. All artists, from different backgrounds and with different angles and approaches, created new works with which they respond to topics like framing, migration and refugees, (social) media and contemporary technology and participation.


‘The frame that blinds us’ is a constantly developing exhibition project that will be presented in 2017 and 2018 in Budapest, Graz and Rijeka. The project also consists of a film program, performances and a publication (that will be presented later this year in Graz).



photographs from the opening, 2.3.2017


Images by: Aron Weber

video documentation of performances during opening:

Rah, Joe Joe Orangias, Vitkoria Monhor, Marko Markovic/ Sandro Đukić


participating artists / exhibition


Azahara Cerezo (ES)

Marta Fišerová (CZ)

Reka Lorincz (HU)

Marko Markovic/ Sandro Đukić/ Branko Cerovac (HR)

Joe Joe Orangias (US)

David Reumüller (AT)

Kamen Stoyanov (AT/BG)

Katharina Swoboda (AT)


participating artists / screenings, performances, lectures

Viktoria Monhor (HU)

Rah (CAN)

Marlies Pöschl (AT)



supported by


- The Regional Government of Styria, Department of Culture in the framework of “Strategies for the Future – An Artistic Contribution to the Refugee Crisis”, a call for the allocation of transnational projects in the fields of art and culture 2016

- The Federal Chancellery of Austria, Arts and Culture.

- Osztrák Kulturális Fórum/ The Austrian Cultural Forum Budapest.

- The Embassy of Canada, Budapest