February 15 - April 13, 2007 - Hungarian Cultural Center, New York

A New Installation by

ANDREA DEZSŐ and MIWA KOIZUMI

Photos: Gabriella Gyorffy

Andrea Dezső was born in Transylvania and is ethnic Hungarian. She has resided in New York since 1997. Dezső has shown her work at the Jack Tilton Gallery, The New York Armory Show, Art Basel Miami, Flux Factory, Galapagos, and her work has been included in prestigious public and private collections. "Community Garden" Dezső’s large-scale public art mosaic commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit has been recently installed in NYC in the Bedford Park Boulevard subway station on the #4 line. Dezső’s art has been published in The New York Times and on the cover of visual design magazine Print.

Dezső’s illustrated original fiction, "Mamushka" has been published in the art magazine Esopus, and "Names in a Book in Random Order" appeared in the leading alternative comic publication Blab. The literary journal McSweeney’s featured a series of short stories she wrote drawing from her experiences growing up in Romania. A book about Dezső’s art, creative process and obsessions titled "Andrea Dezső Fetish Book" was published in 2006 by Publikum.

Andrea Dezső is an Assistant Professor of Media Design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has also taught at City College, The Hungarian University of Design, The American Museum of Visionary Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. www.andreadezso.com

Luminitza collects the green, star-shaped bellybuttons of oranges. She keeps them in a shoebox which she shakes every now and then to hear their bellybutton music. She says that her father works for the Securitate. They have special stores, people who work for the Securitate, in buildings unmarked from the outside where they enter using secret passes, where oranges, candy bars, and bananas are sold. We are afraid of Luminitza because if she doesn't like you her father can make a phone call, and he can get your parents disappear one day on their way to work, never to come home again, so we swear to give her all the bellybuttons we come by, even the ones we find on the street, but I haven't seen oranges for years and I never find anything valuable on the streets, yet in my dreams I sit under enormous, fragrant, blossoming orange trees in a faraway land filling my pockets with green, star-shaped bellybuttons for Luminitza…

---from Andrea Dezsö’s “The Numbers”, McSweeney's issue 12

Miwa Koizumi was born and raised in Japan. Married to a French-American, she primarily speaks French at her home in Brooklyn. Before moving to New York in 2001, she studied in France for 5 years and in Bali, Indonesia with a group of Ethnographic Researchers.

Koizumi received an MFA from Tama Art-University in Japan, and the DNSAP from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where she was honored with the Multimedia Prize upon graduation. Recently she has been studying the pidgin cultures resulting from the clash between the innumerable small tribes present in New York City.

Miwa Koizumi has exhibited internationally in Japan, France, and the USA. Recently at ISE Foundation, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Flux Factory, NGC244, Goliath Visual Space, Corcoran College, Gallerie Caisse des Depots, Chateau d'Oiron, ENSBA, and Parco Gallery. www.miwa.metm.org

In 1989, I was a student in Japan. Our emperor changed, the Second World War criminal was replaced, and I remember thinking, "I'm living in a really nice moment when I don’t know any fear". At the same time, I saw the Romanian Revolution on TV and all of Eastern Europe shouting and moving. I couldn't understand how people could shout out so much emotion and how so much human energy could move people forward. So I decided to see with my own eyes Romania, Hungary, the new Czech Republic, and East Germany. This was my first trip to another country. I took a ticket on the Russian airline Aeroflot and my journey started in the Red Square in Moscow at night without a passport because the Soviet Border Guards kept the passports of all the travelers in transit.

---quote from Miwa Koizumi on My Country

Source: Hungarian Cultural Center

Andrea Dezső: My Country

MY MOTHER CLAIMED THAT...

...AND MUCH MORE CLAIMS BY ANDREA'S MOTHER

Andrea with her husband Adam Gurvitch

Miwa Koizumi