Rita Süveges

Rita Süveges is an artist based in Budapest. Through her research-based art practice she elaborates an ecocritical approach to what human’s relation to nature is, unravelling how a landscape merges into a culturally constructed image in the framework of the Capitalocene. She is co-founder of xtro realm artist group, which organizes reading circles, exhibitions, field trips dealing with new-realist and ecological theories that critique the anthropocentrism of contemporary thinking, in order to provide access
to the discourses of climate change and the Anthropocene, all in the spirit of knowledge-sharing and transdisciplinarity. She is an editor and author of extrodæsia – Encyclopedia Towards a Post- Anthropocentric World. Süveges was a curator of ACLIM! part of OFF-Biennale 2021. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Liberal Arts program of Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. She took part in residency programs in Cité des Arts de Paris, International Studio and Curatorial Program New York, Meetfactory Prague, MQ AIR Vienna, and exhibited in Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Off-Biennale Budapest and CHB, Berlin among others.

During my fellowship at Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, I have created the installation „Luscious Slopes”. The pieces were designed and painted through an elaborate manual process using acrylic paint and brush over the plastic motorbike set I have purchased. The work talks about the extractivist use of nature and how it becomes a pure terrain, an aesthetic background for the masculine technical sports.
What is the cost of pursuing this speed? Does the motorcyclist who uses the green landscape as an aesthetic adventure landscape see nature in it? How does the complex life of the ecosystem shrink into an ever-changing visual landscape, a wavering landmark?
In my work, I painted the reflective natural environment on the body of the cross bike. I exploit the ambiguity of the masculine aesthetics of the forms, which can appear to be the shed shell of a robot or a complex machine. The reflection of the depicted landscape is bathed in blue, thus evoking the digital and losing its natural character.