Péli Barna
Devils tail
10. December 2015. - 6. January 2016.
Opening: 9. December 2015 at 19:00
Remarks by: Német Szilvi
The line from the illustrious ’humanist’ choir of the Antigone, „none more wonderful than man” is interpreted in its later translation by Hölderlin as „none more frightful than man”.

Indeed, for the first descriptions on human affects, psychodynamic conditions or psycho-pathology are to be found within the ancient Greek tradition, which is often referenced as the genesis of the – now crises-ridden – Western civilization. It was home to the irrevocably overturned human-centered worldview, to the life-affirming culture (now constantly under threat), and to a certain arts that preferred to embody its ideals and heroes in figurative sculptures.

We also need to go back to the Greeks, to detect the dual psychical intentions in the energies’ of one’s mental household, known as Eros and Thymos. While the first, ‘eroticism, points to ways leading to those »objects« that we lack and whose presence or possession makes us feel complete, thymotics discloses ways for human beings to redeem what they possess, to learn what they are able to do, and to see what they want’ (Peter Sloterdijk).

The twin peaks of the newest statue-triplets by Barna Péli address these nip and tuck ambitions, the skillfully masked practice of enforcing one’s will, politics and moral. The inside manifests on the outside, if one reads the mimics and the group dynamics carefully.