Hilda Kozári

Vision is more than sight. Vision also signifies the information and knowledge in our brain, sense of our environment and imagination.

In 2009, I had a solo exhibition at Muu Gallery, Helsinki, about an imaginary apartment, dealing with identity and being in a minority through the aesthetics of Braille writing and different olfactory information. The apartment-exhibition also referred playfully to icons of Finnish design, relationships and domestic life.

Hilda Kozári: Suomillusion, 2015, fragrance-installation (photo: Timo Nieminen).

In the new, room-size installation Suomillusion at Pekilo exhibition space I have built up a room upside down, hanging from the ceiling. Suomillusion is multisensory spatial experience made of different pieces from a fake table to a mirror installation. The whole room is a passage about memory, identity and the impact of different cultural backgrounds. In the room-sized installation I’ll apply my long-term experience with new influence both in theme and the use of different materials from fragrances to sailing canvas.

My other work on a separate wall is a Braille text To Touch, “koskea”, the artwork you should touch and sense. “Koskea” is an interesting verb in Finnish because it means touch, hurt, apply (to) and concern.

A detail from Hilda Kozári's Suomillusion (photo: Timo Nieminen).

Hilda Kozári is a visual artist who brings together traditional elements from the fine arts with more unusual ones. She also works with a complex idea of perception, which includes the sense of smell, combined with the imagination and vision. Her multisensory artworks evoke memories and open up connections between the senses, places and identity.

Hilda Kozári is based in Helsinki. Since 1997, when she moved from Hungary to Finland, she has had a chance to (re)develop her work through new experiences and studies. A half-year residency in Paris in 2002-03 influenced her focus on the connection between olfactory and visual perception. Culture-bound senses and food culture as part of identity are recurrent features of Kozári’s works.

Workshops, discussions and social, urban projects are important parts of Kozári’s working process. Her projects with visually impaired have mutual effects on her exhibitions and public art. The participatory artworks of Kozári are activating visitors and challenging museums into new ways of accessibility.

Her artworks such as AIR, Smell of Helsinki, Budapest and Paris, Minority Table and Terve are in the collection of Kiasma, Contemporary Art Museum Helsinki. Kozári has also public works in parks in Etelä-Hermanni Helsinki and Leinelä Vantaa.

Hilda Kozári's installation To Touch (2015) is on display
at the ground floor of Pekilo (photo: Timo Nieminen).

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