10 June - 15 July 2016

contemporary art space

59-61 H. Barbusse st., 1st floor
, Cluj-Napoca

P.S. 1

Daniel NAGY


The starting idea of the exhibition is the politically charged, difficult life and the hypnotic films of the film director and artist Sergei Parajanov, who lived in Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia. He was imprisoned for 5 years because of his films, and he was banned for 15 years from film making. In this period he started to create collages, drawings, assemblages and pictures. Besides the biographic component based on the life of the film director Sergei Parajanov, the artist Daniel Nagy is approaching serious topics as: religion, communism, sexuality, power, inhibition, submission, adding however a touch of humor. The center of the exhibition is composed by the portraits of different persons from the companionship of the film director: Pier Paolo Pasolini film director, poet and essay writer, Andrei Tarkovski film director, Yuri Mechitov photographer, Sofiko Chiaureli actress, Tonino Guerra screenwriter, Marcello Mastroianni  actor, Karol Jozef Wojtyla (Pope John Paul  the 2nd), Yuri Andropov ambassador of the Soviet Union in Budapest, chief commander of KGB, general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, each of them in different situations of guard, informer, fan, friend, actor, composer, photograph.

Sergei Parajanov was born in 1924 in Georgia to Armenian parents. He traveled to Moscow, enrolled in the directing department at the VGIK, one of the oldest and highly respected film schools in Europe. Parajanov left Russia for Kiev, Ukraine. After directing Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors Parajanov became something of an international celebrity and simultaneously a target of attacks from the system. Nearly all of his film projects and plans from 1965 to 1973 were banned. He was imprisoned until 1977. The Armenian Government founded The Sergei Parajanov Museum in Yerevan. 

Daniel Nagy (1981, Romania)
Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca and Oulu (Finland)