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Kata Soós is a versatile artist. She is a painter a cultural anthropologist and also a filmmaker. Her works are enigmatic, they do not surrender to our interpretations easily. We need time to unravel Kata’s artistic standpoint. The theme of her paintings are the objects of our everyday life: shabby washing-up bowls, hospital spaces, paper bags: the seemingly uninteresting milieu around us. Kata Soós is interested in the non-trivial behind the trivial. She is a genuine anthropologist. The Other and herself as an artist are in the focus of her films: how she sees the Other or how the Other allows her/himself to be seen. Human beings are not actually depicted in her paintings, yet it is human life that she attempts to explore. The iron is till hot, the vessels are messy, so you have just been on the spot a moment earlier. Soós can grab the fragment of the second that almost no one is capable of: the moment of passing. You have just disappeared from the picture. Kata is able to paint your or my absence, and me, who is looking for you can find you and myself in front of the telephone booth or in the hospital bed or before the lonely flowerbed.

Author: Enikő Bódis, cultural anthropologist

Katalin Soós DLA
Artist, cultural anthropologist

2013 ELTE-Tátk Doctoral School of Sociology, Interdisciplinary Social Research Program
2011 Hungarian University of Fine Arts (MKE) DLA Degree
2004 Diploma, MKE, Faculty of Painting
2003 -    student of CEU Summer University, „The Roma” (Bringing Together Historical, Anthropological and Linguistic Approaches)
2002-2003 Hungarian University of Fine Arts (MKE), majoring in Intermedia
2001 Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Facultad de Bellas Artes
2000 student of HESP Summer University, „Roma society, culture and education”
1999-2006 ELTE University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Studies, majoring in Cultural Anthropology
1998-2004 Hungarian University of Fine Arts (MKE), Faculty of Painting

Selected Collective Exhibitions
2014 The Most, FKSE annual exhibition
2014 derko.pecsi.2014, Kunsthalle, Budapest
2013 Hidden Visions, Csepel Művek, Budapest
2013 Merging Imagination, Islamabad, Pakistan
2013 Canteen, Labor, Budapest
2013 Derkovits Most / Derkovits Now, Műcsarnok, Kunsthalle, Budapest
2012 Recalculated (Private View), Triangle Space, London
2012 Tradition, Reconstructed, Ernst Museum, Budapest
2010 „We are here” Project, EU Center, London, Budapest

Selected solo exhibitions
2016 Superficial Treatment, A38, Budapest
2014 Laundry, A38, Budapest
2013 Canteen, Stúdió Gallery, Budapest
2011 Recital, Printa Gallery, Budapest
2008 „Propéra/ Next”, Lumen Gallery, Budapest
2007 „Propéra/ Next”, Can Xalant, Mataró, Spain
2007 „Flash, brush, chips” Stúdió Gallery, Budapest
2006 „Gaz a tout les etages”, Galerie du Tableu, Marseille

Awards, Scholarships
2019 EÖTVÖS State Scholarship (four month at Liverpool University)
2016-2017 ÚNKP Scholarship, ELTE-Tátk
2016 MANK atelier/studio support
2015 ATELIER for Derkovits State Scholarship
2014, 2013, 2012 DERKOVITS State Scholarship
2013, 2006, 2005, 2004 Hungarian National Cultural Fund Support
2007 Idensitat / Home and away project, Spain
2007 MÖB Scholarship to Frans Masereel Center, Belgium (one month)
2006 FKSE - ASTERIDES residency in Marseille for two month

International Conferences
2020 „Uses of visual art process in the field. Case study about migrant strategies in Budapest and Barcelona” Coca 2020 Primer Congrés Catalá d’ Antropologia
2019 Constantly transitional, Analysis of artist practices at Budapest and Barcelona” The V. Congreso Internacional De Antropológia, AIBR, Madrid
2016 „Participatory art projects as a field of research” Hello Wood: Project Village '16 - International Summer School & Festival for Architecture 2016
2014 „Social dynamics as outcomes of a creative process” The 11th International Conference Creative Urban Development: Culture, Business, Community Vilnius University Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Kaunas Faculty of Humanities University of Latvia
2013 „Generating Common Ground through Art Practices”. Crisis, Critique and Change. 11th Conference of the European Sociological Association,Torino
2012 „Participatory Art Projects as Fields of Research”, ESA-Arts-2012, Arts Sociology Conference, Wien
Selected Workshops
2015-2017 Hello Wood: Project Village, Csórompuszta, Hungary
2010 „Csepel Project” - Tracing the layers of historical and traumatic events", MKE Doctoral School, Budapest, London
2009 Kilkis International Workshop, Grece
2008 Project as Methodology - Seminar with Antoni Muntadas, Tranzit Budapest
2001 Oreste International Workshop, Montescaglioso, Italy

Lectures, presentations
2013-2017 Lecturer at Faculty of Social Scienses in Budapest (qualitative methodologies ( BA), anthropology of aesthetics (MA), visual anthropology (MA)
2014 MKE, Doctoral School
2013 Budapest-London, the context of „ Recalculating”: Exchanging artistic research, Chelsea Collage of Art and Design
2011 MKE, Contemporary Art Theory and Curatorial Department (MA)



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