Sketch of the City - Brussels

26/03 - 15/06//2014

In French

Enikő Hangay, from series Sketch of the City - Brussels, 2012-2013

Enikő Hangay’s series of photos are always fed by personal and intimate elements, as shown by her choice of themes. Her series entitled Silent Days [Csendes napok], Supply boat [Anyahajó], Seven wardrobes [Hétszekrény], and Overcoat [Felöltő] blend together her personal experiences and descriptions of her immediate surroundings. They bring harmony to the slightly mysterious relationships she sees between the known and unknown worlds. During her residency in Brussels, she continued her work in this direction.

In the huge metropolis of Brussels, she discovered, somewhat paradoxically, a great deal of intimacy and poetry. She shows us how nature develops in the city: the parks, trees and sky form a whole. Her images lead us to a world of unexpected aesthetics, astonishing parallels and harmonious mosaics. She wanders through a magical city full of surprises: trees, facades, the often bizarre displays and objects in shop windows and well-known tourist attractions, etc.

Her style of working is not only to discover particular constellations, but also to assemble themes and to choose and articulate the component parts.

The artist reveals the links between buildings and personal items. In her photos, details on a human scale rub shoulders with parts of public spaces, underlining through their differences of scale personal references and urban places.
For this photographer, Brussels is a city in constant change and development, full of picturesque details, the traces of human presence, poetic visions and pure compositions, where the real and the imaginary mix and coexist.

Gabriella Csizek, exhibition curator
Translation: Chris Bourne

Enikő Hangay, High Square, from series Sketch of the City - Brussels, 2012-2013

The exhibition is part of the Artists in Residence in Brussels programme, which Contretype
started in 1997, and which continues in partnership with the Wallonie-Brussels Federation
and the Francophone Community Commission (COCOF).

In collaboration with the Cultural Department of the Hungarian Ambassy

ENIKŐ HANGAY is born in 1976. She lives and works in New York, USA.


1994-1998: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY at College of Architecture, Art and Planning. She obtained a BFA in Photography and Sculpture.
1999-2001: Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI-MFA in Photography.
1997: Cornell in Rome Program, Palazzo Massimo, Rome.

Solo Exhibitions:

Summer Wardrobe, Karinthy Szalon, Budapest
MotherShip, Mai Manó House (Pécsi József Fine Art Photography Grant with Viktor Váradi)
Dress Up, Raiffeisen Gallery, Budapest
Enikő Hangay – Peter Korniss Exhibition, Spiritusz Gallery, Budapest
1day1photo: uploading, Menü Pont, Műcsarnok (Kunsthalle) (with Judit KatalinElek and Lei Benben)
1day1photo: printing, Liget Gallery, Budapest
‘50’, Stúdió Gallery, Budapest (with Szilvia Reischl)
TTT, Spiritusz Gallery
Quiet Days / Csendes Napok, Hungarian Institute, 16th Month of Photography in Bratislava
Quiet Days / Csendes napok, Mai Manó Gallery, Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest
My Eyes a Dense Cloud / Szemem sűrű felhő, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI (with Paul Kennedy)
a.) A(z)…felé / b.) A(z)…mögött, Trafó Pince Galéria, Budapest 1998
Deficient Inventory / Hiányos leltár, Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY
Art diary with Lei Benben (Beijing), Judit Katalin Elek (Budapest) and Szilvi Tóth (Amsterdam)

Group Exhibitions:

Danube – Open Book, European Committe, Bucharest
Danube – Open Book, Casa Avramide Tulcea, Rumania
Sziget Festival, Mai Manó Ház, Budapest
Opposites Attract, Várfok Gallery in Reök Palace, Szeged, Hungary
Budapest, outdoor exhibition at the National Museum, Budapest / organized by Mai Manó House
Ansichtssache, Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg
Pulsing Peace, Várfok Gallery / Art Blokk
Danube-Open Book, Mai Manó House
Winter Photo Fair, Mai Manó House
Art Market Budapest, Mai Manó House
Danube – Open Book, Hungarian Cultural Center, Stuttgart
Lucid Dream, Várfok Gallery, Budapest
Photo Biennial Dunaújváros
Reality On Cloud 9, Klauzál13 Gallery, Budapest
Reconstructions – Abracadabra, Contretype, Brussels
Photogenics, Spiritusz Gallery, Budapest
Danube – Open Book, Berlaymont, Brussels
In Movement, Spiritusz Gallery
1day1photo, Lianzhou Foto Festival, China
Budapest Art Fair
Present Continous, Photonic Moments, Celje, Slovenia
Reality On Cloud 9, Hungarian Culture, Brussels
Foto Festiwal, Łodz
C.A.R. (Contemporary Art Ruhr), Essen
Everydays / Mindennapok, Miskolci Gallery, Miskolc, Hungary
White Sheet / Fehér lap, Óbudai Társaskör, Budapest (With Anna Lénárd)
Pure Spirit / Tisztaszesz, Spiritusz Gallery
Paradogma, Várfok Gallery
Budapest Art Fair
Pink/Túra, Pink/Nicht, Spiritusz Galéria
Apprentices of a Smile, Approach Art Association, Pécs
Vilnius Art Fair
Apprentices of a Smile, Contemporary Hungarian Photography, Galeria mŁodzi, Łodz
Present Continuous, Mai Manó House, Budapest
The Sunday Experiment, New York
Hartell Gallery, Ithaca, NY
Kieselbach Gallery, Budapest
Contemporary Hungarian Photo Biennial, Pécs
Neighbor – Next Generation, Fotofluss, Austria
Mystery, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York
Most Curatorial Biennale, Apexart, New York
Photo Biennial Dunaújváros
Gallery for Wintertime, Żak Gallery, Berlin
Seaworthy, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York
Contemporary Photo Exhibit, Boulevard & Brezsnyev Gallery, Budapest
5th Photography Month in Kracow
Present Continous II., Platán Gallery, Budapest
NE(a)T - women about women, Kogart House, Budapest
DUMBO Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Plastica Dreams – Sculpture after Installation, Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle, Budapest
The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
Csapó 1 / Clapboard 1, Budapest Galéria Kiállítóháza, Budapest
Summer Show, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Degree Show, Cranbrook Art Museum
4 Baptists and 6 Sinners, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Seduction of Clarity, Network Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Artsite, Windsor, Canada
BFA Thesis, Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY
Big Prints, Tjaden Gallery