Eszter Szabó

gandy gallery



Opening: 8 March 2023, 6 pm
Exhibition 08.03.2023 - 05.05.2023


Gandy gallery is introducing the first solo exhibition of Eszter Szabó in the CHAPTER 1 section.

Eszter Szabó has an up-to-date attitude to women, gender issues and feminism, and this is not just because she uses the media. She is not the one who pleases the costumer with cutie, funny paintings affirming all the clichés regarding women. But she is not the militant feminist either replicating the subordination from the other side. She is not interested in goddesses, and not in celebs either. 

The invisible everyday woman is her target, who become visible in her works exposing her melancholy, loneliness, frustration, and inner monologue. Her women make their debut without conventional social masks, without roleplaying. This might be the reason that they are so fragile, honest and also heartbreaking. However, her women are not miserable, at a point they take their fate into their hands, and they do it with such a deep sense of humor that relieves all tensions like a third generation feminist laughter.

Her works are so lovable and touching, one can deeply immerse into them and can't tear herself away from them.

Edit András, 2023


Sofa is an installation that combines multiple small sized videos, paintings and drawings. It depicts a woman's struggle with a sofa which, if not resisted, will swallow her up. The furniture transmits a relentlessly all-encompassing, respectable idyll. Playfully arranged squares and floral patterns , hearts and spirals are motifs familiar to everyone in Eastern Europe.


Eszter Szabó's (Budapest, Hungary) works are paintings, animations, and video installations. She is dealing with her own, personal experiences by making observations on the street or everyday life in general. Her themes often revolve around the realities of women. She is interested in the traces of social and political processes that manifest in minor attributes and gestures.
She developed a certain perceptual practice in which, instead of perceiving the extraordinary, she focuses on the ordinary. Observing familiar phenomena also reveals some unseen perspectives. Her works are a combination of both generalization and non-judgmental observation as well as mixing blurred half-truths with razor-sharp details.
Her aquarelles and oils are made with quick gestures over light surfaces with thin layers. Her videos deal with details that happen in seconds. She uses traditional techniques as well as digital media. Recently she mixes 3D animation with digital simulations and experiments with the randomness and glitches generated.  She is working on video-sculptures that are compositions of her paintings, drawings, and prints.

Website of the artist (link)


Edit András, Ph.D, (Budapest and Long Island, U.S.A.) is an art historian and art critic, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Art History of the Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Her main interests concern modern and contemporary Eastern and Central European art, gender issues, public art, art theory, and activism in the post-state socialist countries.