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Gabriella Csoszó

lives and works in Budapest
Gabriella Csoszó is an artist, photographer, teacher, activist.


Gabriella Csoszó lives and works in Budapest. Her work examines the history of the recent past, analyzing the role of radio and archives in democracy, as well as gradations in the communication of freedom and propaganda. As a photographer, she has been documenting important events of the Hungarian opposition since 2011.
Her blog, Free Doc operates as an online photo-archive. Csoszó founded a contemporary photography educational program in Budapest eightteen years ago whose goal is the processing of social and political issues with photography. Kontakt Photo Art School. Kontakt
In her photoschool she started some special educational programs - Smile Photoschool for disabled children, photocourses for deaf people, Photography and Activism collaborative programme with homeless activists.
Cooperation, research and creative workshops, such as the exploration of photography, the main goal is visual processing social issues with photography. 
She also teached photography at the International Business School in Budapest in 2014 and she teaches Photography (Participatory Art) at Lóránd Eötvös University, Media and Communication Department since 2016.

2015: Triangle Arts Association – Visegrad Fund – Art Residency in NY
2013: Artists in the School - Tranzit Contemporary Art and Social - Budapest
2011: Acax – International Studio and Curatorial Program - Art Residency, ISCP New York
2010: Visegrad Fund, Art Residency, Prague
2009: Eötvös Lóránd Art and Research Fellowship, Hungarian Academy of Sciences – International Center of Photography, New York
2008: Art Residency, Lisboa (Gallery Budapest and Cultural Municipal Lisboa)
2003: „Big Leap” scholarship in the Portland (portfolio review), New York (ICP), USA
1994–1997: Fellowship of the Ministry of Education and Culture „Pécsi József” Photo Art Fellowship, Hungary
1995: „Haus am See” – Scholarship of Arts, Hannover, Germany

Educator, Lecture:
2016 – 2018 Lecture of Photography (Participatory Art) at Lóránd Eötvös University, Media and Communication Department
2016 – 2017 Educator at Photovoice Project at Participatory Art Research Program
2014 – 2018 Cooperation with School of Public Life, Photography and Activism, Budapest
2014 – 2015 Lecture of Photography at International Business School, Budapest
2000 – 2018 Founded Kontakt Photo Art School (Art director)
1995 – 2000: Educator at Szellemkép Free School / Film and Photography
1995–1994: Postgraduate studies at the Master School of Fine Arts, Pécs, Hungary
1995: Auditor at the University of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary
1994: Graduated at the University of Sciences in Pécs  at the Faculty of Fine Arts as a teacher of arts, Pécs, Hungary

FreeDoc / Photography and activism
Free Artists 
Occupy Ludwig 
Tranzit Action Days
Winter Holiday Camp
The City is for All (cooperation with)
Unite for Contemporary Art
Association of Hungarian Young Photo Artists 1993-2007 (from 2004 until 2007 shared art director)
Association of Young Artists of Fine Art

Photography and Activism

Exhibitions (selection):

Off-Biennalé Budapest
“Women & Photography” Udine

Kijelölt hely, Tiltott Zóna / Kívül tágas Projekt – On The Edge, Tabacka Gallery
Damage and Loss – Shelves (with Lívia Páldi) Gdansk, Alternativa Festival 2016, Pl

We are responsible with each other – Interference Archive, New York
Fall Open Studio – Triangle Arts Association, New York
We are responsible with each other – social, political action – Off Biennale Budapest
Photography and Activism FreeDoc – FreeSchool – Off Biennale Budapest
Photography and activism – Book Launch – Lumen Foundation, Budapest

What Practices do We Need? –, Slovakia 
About Us to You Campaign and exhibition –, Budapest, Gandhi Highschool for roma children, Pécs

We have no home. Should we also have no country? / Photography and activism group – geruilla poster campaign
"Between designated place and forbidden zone" - Realized within Outer space project - out of Kunsthalle Budapest
"Out of the Museum and into the Street" - PavelHaus, Laafeld, Steirischer Herbst
Negyed6Negyed7 Festival – Budapest

"Live Broadcast" – CH, Prague (solo), Visegrad Visibility - Pécs, Brno, Bratislava, Prague

Occupy Wall Street Library - ISCP, New York
"Live Broadcast" – Gallery Stúdió, Budapest (solo)
"Walk on" –  Gallery Photon, Ljubljana, sl (solo)
"without regard with my family"– Klauzál 13 Galéria, Budapest 

"Free copies" "Retransmission Timeout" Paris Photo 2010 – Faur Zsófi - Ráday Gallery, Paris
"Walk in" Related Spaces – Ernst Muzeum, Kunsthalle, Budapest
"What you don’t know can hurt you" Open Studio – Karlin Studios (FUTURA Project), Prague
 "Cherry trees" Long term action – Gallery  Karton, Budapest "Eyes shut twelve times" Reality on Cloud 9 – Hungarian Cultura Brussels
"Prefaces" Interhuman relations – 2010 Photo Festival, Lódz, Pl
"Retransmission Timeout" ART FANATICS Private Contemporary Art Collections 2 – Kunsthalle, Budapest
"Free copies" (solo)- Faur Zsófi -  Gallery Ráday – Budapest
"Shelves" BBS 50 Other Voices, Other Rooms – Attept(s) at Reconstruction – Kunsthalle, Budapest

Books, catalogues selection:

"Women & Photography" / Italy, Craft 2017.
"Photography and Activism" / Handbook, Lumen Foundation 2015.
"Truth is concrete / A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics" Strenberg Press 2014.
"The need for practice", Bratislava 2014.
"Out of the Museum and into the Street" Pavelhous 2013.
"Hungary: Halfway To Authoritarianism” Creative Time Reports
"Contemporary Art in Hungary " Spengler Katalin, Absolut Média Kft., 2011 
"Related Spaces" by Ernst Muzeum, Kunsthalle (in hungarian, in english) 2010.
"Gabriella Csoszó catalogue” by Zsófi Faur - Ráday Gallery (in hungarian, in english) 2009.
 "Zeitgenössische fotokunst aus Ungarn" (in german, in english, in hungarian)
 - Neuer Berliner Kunstverien, Berlin 2008. 
"Revisiting memory" Drei Raben Sonderedition (in german) 2007.
"Miedzi Ludzmi" (catalogue, in polish) 2007.
"Lumen Book 2" (in english) 2007. 
"Revisiting memory" Lettre magazine, 2007/spring
"Present Continous" (Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest - Imagen Museo, Braga) 
 (in english) 2004.
"Map": Ica-notice, (artbook project in hungarian) 2004/26. 
"Prefaces": Gabriella Csoszó – Szilárd Podmaniczky (in german, in english) 2002.



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