The group exhibition Unframed Landscapes offered a reassessment of landscape as a genre in contemporary art. The conventional understanding of landscape implies a picturesque view of the countryside – images of ruined castles, a lonely tree in the puszta and romantic seaside villages come to mind. This understanding of landscape has, however, been revealed as culturally-constructed, the product of political ideologies, and conveying human domination over nature. Furthermore, landscape is perceived through a frame by a distant spectator, who remains alienated from the object of his gaze. Nature as a theme in contemporary art acts as a barometer of our ecological attunement.
The exhibition Unframed Landscapes researched our relationship with nature across the full range of current media, including: landscapes painted from train windows, video photography exploring gender and landscape, computer animation researching images of a natural phenomenon on the web, digital snaps expressing the marginality of nature in city life, and physical interventions in the natural environment. The participating artists were Balázs Beöthy, Ivan Bura, Péter Császar, János Fodor, Andrea Huszár, Tibor Iski Kocsis, Csaba Nemes, Ana Opalic and Matko Vekic.
Institute of Contemporary Art Dunaújváros 16 Jan – 13 Feb 2004
Ecology Pavilion Mile End Park, London 20 May – 6 June 2004
Gallery of Extended Media, Zagreb 10 – 30 June 2004