As a queer artist to an immigrant family, Kinga Jakabffy (*1988, Bad Ischl) deals with questions of sexual ownership and identity empowerment. She often portrays caring interpersonal relationships between women, non-binary and trans people in self-aware poses, which are her attempt of raising attention to the fight for equal rights. This sense of loving collectiveness - which is one of the most important support systems in the LGBTQ+ community - may be depicted through dance, hugs or kisses. The subjects find a moment of warmth and freedom to be their true selves in the midst of inequality, abuse, harassment and even murder due to gender and sexual orientation.
Kinga‘s paintings echo a Mediterranean vibe, which unveils the softness and vulnerability, but also power of a person’s identity under the everyday mask. She is currently represented by the Artist Management Marschalek Art and the Viennese Gallery Kunst ab Hinterhof. Her autodidact artistic career and exhibitions of her work have been covered in multiple Austrian newspapers and international magazines. Kinga holds a master‘s degree in communication science and has a decade long experience in advertising. After studies and work in Sevilla, Montreal and Budapest, she now lives and works in Vienna.
A woman calls the police because she doesn’t feel safe. She reports abuse and harassment. The police take note but nothing more. A week later the woman is dead. She was locked at her workplace – a tobacco shop – and set on fire by the exact man who she reported to the police just a few days prior.
The terrible injustices that leave women, non-binary and trans people marginalized are the reason why Kinga’s work focuses on depicting these groups. Portraying them in self-aware poses are an attempt to raise attention and contribute to the fight for equal rights. The color blocks in her paintings represent pieces of bodies and personalities that have always been at the center of the male gaze and thus had to correspond to certain roles and beauty standards imposed on them. Kinga is looking for a way of representing the subjects that is not codified by the internalized male gaze, turning towards the main characters to learn about their own perceptions of identity and freedom.
Kinga’s work is driven by questions like: In which settings do you feel most comfortable and the most like yourself? In what ways do you wear a mask in your everyday life to fit a role expected of you? As a large portion of society feels entitled to judge your gender or sexual orientation, how do you find the freedom to be your true self?
As a queer artist to an immigrant family, Kinga deals with questions of sexual ownership and identity empowerment in general. She often portrays caring interpersonal relationships and a sense of loving collectiveness - which is one of the most important support systems in the LGBTQ+ community - may it be through dance, hugs or kisses. The subjects find a moment of warmth and freedom to be their true selves in the midst of inequality, abuse, harassment and even murder due to gender and sexual orientation.
Her brush-strokes are usually unnoticeably clean, which leaves the canvas almost design-like without any structure, referring to a polished version of self that is presented to the world. However, whenever a subject is portrayed in unprecise and bold brush strokes it is to show the inner turmoil of the person. Some symbols are reoccurring, for example fruits like apricots, lemons and pomegranates, which feed into the playfulness and sensuality of the work. The choker, a piece of velvet fabric that is worn around the neck is a symbol for the self-confidence of the subjects but also hints at being restricted and tied up.
The often Mediterranean setting aims to contrast these difficult topics by suggesting a feel-good moment. Portraying a seemingly beautiful status quo, the paintings capture a bubble of wonderful, self-determined memories, independence and celebration of life. These moments can be real or the object of longing in the face of a certain helplessness in the fight against a rigid system.
19-20. Nov. 2022 VIENNA ART WEEK, Open studio days
05.-06. Nov. 2022 POP UP BELLES CHOSES #1, mit Käthe Schönle, Lym Moreno, La petite galerie, Guckschatz, Atelierhaus Pelzgasse, 1150 Wien
06. - 11. Sept. 2022 PARALLEL VIENNA, 1180 Vienna
11. Nov. - 11. Dec. 2021 OPAK, mit Xenia Hausner, Erwin Wurm, Franz West, Franz Zadrazil, u.v.m., Leerstand Gallery, Kunst ab Hinterhof, Weihburggasse 11, 1010 Vienna
09. Nov. - 10. Dec. 2021 PRESS DAYS, Heroes & Heroines, 1070 Vienna
07. - 12. Sept. 2021 Parallel Art Fair, curated by Kunst ab Hinterhof, Vienna
25. - 29. May 2021 Support your local girl gang, Ausstellungsraum, Vienna
06. - 30. May 2021 Hoffnung. Group exhibition curated by Einflussraum, Vienna
08. Oct. – 31. January 2021 Nach wie vor. Group exhibition curated by Kunst ab Hinterhof, Orpheum, Graz
22. - 27.Sept. 2020 Parallel Art Fair, curated by Kunst ab Hinterhof, Vienna
23.-24. July 2020 Oxymoron Galerie, Lindengasse 65, 1070 Wien
15. May – 15. June 2020 Alone. Not Lonely. Group Exhibition, Einflussraum, Vienna
26. Apr. 2020 Junge Kunst Vol. Online Pt 04, Group Exhibition, Instagram
11. Oct. – 30. Oct. 2019 Wasserspiegel. Solo Show kuratiert von Junge Kunst, Süsswasser, Vienna
23. Mar. – 18 May 2019 Miniscule, Group Show, Crosslane Projects Kendal UK
8. Mar. 2019 Fundraiser Event Changes for Women by Improper Walls, Vienna
1. Feb. 2019 Art Attech, Group Show, The Loft, Vienna
20. Oct. – 6. Dec. 2018 Junge Kunst Vol 8.0, St. Art & Damani Vienna
17. Nov. 2018 Junge Kunst Markt, Damani Vienna
04. Sept. 2018 Creative Prism No. 4., Angewandte Innovation Lab, Vienna
26. - 29. Jun. 2018 Open Studio, Solo Show, 1090 Vienna
14. Feb. – 02. Mar. 2018 Clitical Talk RRRiot Festival, Improper Walls Vienna
03.-17. Nov. 2018 Wanderlust Solo Exhibition. Thompson’s, AT, 2018
23.-24. July 2020 Oxymoron Galerie, Lindengasse 65, 1070 Wien
September 2022 Les Nouveaux Riches: Raum A311. Beyond Borders
September 2022 Wiener Zeitung: Die Kunstform der Vergesslichkeit
September 2022 Myculture App: PARALLEL VIENNA
September 2022 Die Stadtspionin: PARALLEL VIENNA
September 2022 Bohema Kunstmagazin: Lifting heaviness with lightness
September 2022 1000 things: PARALLEL VIENNA
August 2022 Bezirksblatt Wien: Ausstellung "Beyond Borders" – über Grenzen hinweg
March 2022 The Uncoiled Art Magazine Interview
March 2022 Petra Sittig The Artist's Voice Interview on Youtube
July 2021 Kultursommer, Bank Austria, The Wurst Agency
June 16, 2021 The Vienna-based illustrators you should hang on your wall
Oct. 2020 Al-tiba9 Contemporary Art Magazine, Back Cover and One pager about “Corona Times – Damage Report” Artwork, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisboa, Japan Design University
Oct. 2020 Frauendomäne Artist Portrait
Sept. 2020 Künstlerinnen Portrait Kingas Grapes, Kunst ab Hinterhof
Sept. 2020 Al-tiba9 Contemporary Art Magazine, Artist Talk on Facebook Live
Sept. 2020 Talkaccino, Interview Artist Portrait
June 2020 Heute, Commission work for Austrian actress Kristina Sprenger
May 2020 Kronenzeitung, Exhibition Info Alone. Not lonely.
Oct. 2019 Krone.at, „WASSERSPIEGEL“ Wienerin begeistert mit fabelhafter Kunst
Oct. 2019 Kronenzeitung, Info Solo Show Wasserspiegel
PUBLISHING & SPEAKING
July 2019 Medium.com How do artists think? — An insight into the process of painting an artwork
July 2019 Medium.com How to be creative?
April 2019 Medium.com How I figured out a creative routine
April 2019 Medium.com My first year as a full time artist
Oct. 2018 Co-Hosting “1st Game of Creativity” Championship
Sept. 2018 Speaker @ Creative Prism No. 4.
July 2018 Creativity Gym Spotlight Interview
CCA VENUS 2018 Category Photography
Campaign: Da passiert was.
Client: Österreichische Galerie Belvedere
Idea & Concept: Kinga Jakabffy
Photographer: Stefan Draschan
Förderung durch das Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport, 2021-2023