Igor Buharov’s cigarette butt that he smoked during the Bohumilvaldens-action in the courtyard of the Vatican Museums
31 cm | plastic bottle, egg holder, yogurt box, metal paint, cigarette butt | 2018
Igor Buharov is a superb Hungarian film director and intermedia artist.
I carried out the Bohumilvaldens action with him and Emil Marton the Vatican Museums.
We had a cigarette before the action in the courtyard of the Museum.
This was the moment when I got hold of this priceless object to which has many miracles attached.
The Personal reliquaries series contains 8 pieces however each piece is interpretable individually.
2019: Roman Anzix (Postcards from Rome), Hungarian Academy in Rome, Italy
2018: To see Rome and die – I hope I will survive (An exhibition by Norbert Tóth* – Not the football player,
not the basketball player, not the historian, not the gallerist etc.), Town Concert and Exhibition Hall,
I created the personal reliquaries series during my scholarship in Rome.
These works are about preserving memories and experiences in objects. They are also about the belief in objects,
the time and the stories.
In other words they display the relationship between objects and the communities they originate from;
the relationship between the real and conceptual value attributed to those objects starting with medieval relics.
If an object comes in contact with a person we admire or it plays important part of an event,
it gets charged with energy and it becomes a document of the moment, a material memory and a relic.
Over time the new layers that deposit on the object, makes it even more significant and valuable.
However this filling can completely wear out and can make the once important and valuable
objects worthless and insignificant.
I tried to condense all the experience I had into objectives then I placed these objects in self-made reliquary.
Some people and memories became very important to me in Rome.
I wanted to keep as many memories as possible.
I tried to compress these experiences in objects which i then put into self-made reliquaries.