Péter Forgács

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Péter Forgács
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Péter Forgács at his film "Free Fall" public screening at the Central European University in Budapest on 25 June 2013
Born 1950 September 10.
Nationality Hungarian
Known for art, film
Notable work(s) Private Hungary Series, El Perro Negro, Miss Universe 1929, Wittgenstein Tractatus, The Maelstrom, The Danube Exodus

Péter Forgács (born 1950) is a media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest, Hungary. He is best known for his "Private Hungary" series of award winning films based on home movies from the 1930s and 1960s, which document ordinary lives that were soon to be ruptured by an extraordinary historical trauma that occurs off screen.

Biography[edit]

Since 1976 Péter Forgács has been active in the Hungarian art scene as media artist/filmmaker. In the late 1970s and '80s he collaborated with the contemporary music ensemble Group 180 [1], at the same time he started to work in the Béla Balázs Filmstudio.[1] Forgács established the Private Photo & Film Archives Foundation (PPFA, 1983) in Budapest, a unique collection of amateur film footage from the '920, and has made this material "the raw data" for his unique postmodern re-orchestrations of history. In 2002 The Getty Research Institute held an exhibit The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River. His international debut came with the Bartos Family (1988)[2], which was awarded the Grand Prix at the World Wide Video Festival in The Hague (1990). Since then Forgács has received several international festival awards in Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco International Film Festival the Documentary Golden Gate Award 1998, Tribeca Film Festival 2005; At the Prix Europa, Berlin [3] received the European TV Documentary of the Year Award 1997. Forgács received the 2007 Erasmus Prize, which is "awarded to a person or institution which has made an exceptionally important contribution to culture in Europe."[2] In 2009 Forgács represented Hungary at the Venice Biennale, exhibiting the Col Tempo - The W. Project installation. In 2013 Forgacs created the ″Letters to Afar″ video installation at Museum of the History of Polish Jews[3] in Warsaw with The Klezmatics Group; and at EYE Netherlands Filmmuseum Amsterdam the ″Looming Fire - Stories from The Dutch East Indies 1900-1940″ installation.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Installations and Performances[5][edit]

  • 2013 - Forgacs created the ″Letters to Afar″ video installation at Museum of the History of Polish Jews,[3] Warsaw with The Klezmatics Group;
  • 2013 - ″Looming Fire - Stories from The Dutch East Indies 1900-1940″ installation.[4] at EYE Netherlands Filmmuseum Amsterdam the
  • German Unity @ Balaton - Deutsche Einheit am Balaton – Die private Geschichte der deutsch-deutschen Einheit [8]• media installation with Gusztav Hamos • Collegium Hungaricum Berlin • 2009 • Dortmund • 2010 • Vaszary Villa - Balatonfüred/Hungary • 2010 [9]
  • Col Tempo - The W. Project • installation • 53rd Venice Biennale • Hungarian Pavilion • curator András Rényi • [10] • 2009 •
  • Black Hole • Performance, with Tamás Tóth bass guitar • 1984
  • Case of My Room, The • video installation • 1994
  • Chlorophyll • performance with L. Lugo Lugosi • 1986
  • Danube Exodus, The • installation • 2002 [11]
  • Der Kaiser auf dem Spaziergang • video installation • Light and Image • Aegina • 1996
  • Dixi & Pixi • video performance with Dixi, Group 180, L. Lugo Lugosi • 1982
  • Dream Inventory • installation • 1995
  • Free Fall • Oratorio • 1997
  • Educational Cinema • installation • 2005
  • Hung Aryan, The • Video Installation • 1997
  • Hungarian Totem • installation • 1995 [12]
  • Hungarian Video Kitchen Art • video installation • 1991
  • INAUGURATION • video performance • 1978
  • Monomotapa & The Game (the "Kempelen" installation video - with György Jovánovics • 2007) Kunsthalle Budapest, ZKM-Karlsruhe
  • New York - BUDAPEST • paintings-photos with L.Lugó Lugosi • 1984
  • Paintings & photographs • One man show - Fotohof Salzburg • 1987
  • Pig paintings • paintings • 1985
  • Pre Morgue • video installation • 1993
  • Private Exits • performance with Szemzõ • 1985
  • Rembrandt Morphs • installation • 2006[5]
  • Saloon, and Then! • installation • 1997
  • SIGHT • photo installation • 2004
  • Snapshot from the Island • performance with Tibor Szemző • 1984
  • Stanley & Livingston • performance • 1979
  • Thee á' El Greco • video Installation • 1991
  • Two Nests and Other Things • video installation • 1991
  • Visit, The • installation • 2004
  • Work Desk • video performance and installation with Tibor Szemzõ • 1985

Awards[edit]

Works in Public Collections[edit]

Secondary literature[edit]

*Cinema’s Alchemist. The Films of Péter Forgács, ed. by Bill Nichols and Michael Renov, Minneapolis, Minn.[etc.] : University of Minnesota Press, 2011[6]

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