DOMINIKA TRAPP

born in Budapest, 1988
lives and works in Budapest

trappdominika.hu

Dominika Trapp graduated from the painting department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2012.
Her practice has been characterized by a two-way interest: on the one hand, a sensitive painterly approach that allows for intuition and introspection; on the other, an outward-directed sensitivity that facilitates dialogues between communities in the service of collective self-knowledge while maneuvering through various emotional, cultural, and political differences.


Although she tends to draw inspiration from deeply personal experiences, the parallel presence of historical-artistic research, multiple critical perspectives, as well as the reflective examination of international intellectual trends in the local context are equally key elements of her working method. Her works address topics such as the relationship between tradition and contemporary culture, women’s fate in Hungarian peasant communities, the historical context of eating disorders, or intuitive painting as a possible somatic method for artistic research.
More recently, she has participated in the residency programs of Art in General in New York, the Erste Stiftung in Vienna, and FUTURA in Prague. In 2020, her solo exhibition was presented at Trafó Gallery in Budapest and Karlin Studios in Prague. In 2021, she participated at the 14th Baltic Biennale in Vilnius, and in 2022, at the Manifesta 14 Prishtina. She is currently a multimedia art fellow at the Doctoral School of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design.

EXHIBITIONS

BIOGRAPHY

EDUCATION

2019 – 2023

Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, Doctoral Student

2006 – 2012

Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Painter MA

2002 – 2006

Secondary School of Visual Arts, Budapest, Animation filmmaker

AWARDS, RESIDENCIES

2023 –

Leopold Bloom Art Award nominee
Esterházy Art Award

2022 –

Strabag Art Award nominee
Brno House of Arts Residency, Budapest Gallery Artist Exchange Programme
Smohay-prize

2021 –

Esterházy Art Award nominee
MeetFactory Food Studio, with Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Prague

2020 –

VARP scholarship, Karlin Studios, Prague
ÚNKP – New National Excellence Program, research scholarship

2019 –

VARP NY Artist in Residency Program, NY, USA

2016 – 2019

Derkovits-scholarship

2019 –

Helsinki, Vantaa, Budapest Gallery Artist Exchange Programme

2018 –

AIR at Q21 Residency, Wien, by tranzit.org and Erste Foundation

2018 –

7. Symposium Litomyšl, Litomyšl, Czech Republic

2017 –

Residenza Petrolio, Carovigno, Italy

2016 –

Catalyst-prize, by tranzit.org and Erste Foundation

2015 –

Herczeg Klára-prize, by Studio of Young Artists’ Association

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

“…like a ring, sliding shut on some quick thing”, Kisterem, Budapest
Suspension of Disbelief – with Krisztián Kristóf and Ádám Albert, Museum of Ethnoghraphy, Budapest (curated by: Zsófia Frazon, Gábor Wilhelm)

2022

Escaping Water, Trapéz Gallery, Budapest

2020

“Don’t Lay Him On Me...”, Trafó Gallery, Budapest (curated by: Borbála Szalai)
“Power must grow, if it doesn’t grow it rots”, Karlin Studios, Prague (curated by Caroline Krzyszton)

2017

La Caduta di Poseidone, Castello Dentice di Frasso, Carovigno

2016

”And Indeed the Tragedy of Our Age Is Fully Present in It”, Trapéz Gallery, Budapest (curated by: Nikolett Erőss)
Asarotos Oikos, Trapéz Gallery, Budapest

2015

Dazed and Orthorexic, at Project Space Festival, Zönoteka, Berlin (curated by: Krisztina Hunya)
Crystal Clear Diet, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin (curated by: Léna Szirmay-Kalos)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

Exhibition of the Esterházy Art Award 2023 winners, Esterházy-castle, Eisenstadt
EKO 9 Triennale, Maribor
Biennale Matter of Art 2024, Prague (curated by: Katalin Erdődi, Aleksei Borisionok)

2023

40th EVA International Ireland's Biennial, Limerick (curated by: Sebastian Chichocki)
Esterházy Art Award 2023, Ludwig Museum, Budapest

2022

Untitled, Manifesta 14, Prishtina, Kosovo (curated by: Eastopics)
Winter Listing, Kisterem, Budapest
Esterházy Art Award, Ludwig Museum

2021

Order and Dreams, OFF-Biennale, Budapest (curated by: Katalin Székely)
Baltic Triennial, Vilnius (curated by Valentinas Klimašauskas)
Inventory of Forgotten Knowledge, Budapest Galéria (curated by: Nikolett Erőss, Flóra Gadó)

2020

Leaning on the Past, Working for the Future, WUK, Wien (curated by: Márió Z. Nemes, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Krisztina Hunya)
Waiting Room - Women Healers and Patients on the Periphery of Medicine, Semmelweis Museum of Medical History, Budapest

2019

Silence, group show at the Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma (curated by: Nikolett Erőss)
The New and Unknown World, Trapéz Gallery, Budapest (curated by: Andi Soós)

2018

Santo Palato, Korean Cultural Center, Budapest (curated by: Jutka Szalipszki)
Where Do We Go From Here?, Galerie Miroslava Kubika, Litomysl (curated by: Jan Zálešák)
Bodies, Studio Gallery, Budapest (curated by: Emese Mucsi)

2017

Vacation, OFF-Biennále, Budapest (curated by: Andi Soós, Gyula Muskovics)

2016

Marshalling Inc., Transmediale Vorspiel, Zönoteka,Berlin (curated by: Krisztina Hunya)
No Play Feminst Training Camp, nGbK, Berlin
What Kind of Creature is an Artist?, 115-106 Apartment Gallery, Budapest (curated by: Anna Juhász, Emese Mucsi, Eszter Őze)

2015

Unintended Consequences, Artpool P60, Budapest
Sauerei, Berlin Food Art Week, Berlin
Visegrad Photobook Forum, Łodz
Insecurity State, with T+U, LARM, Budapest
Technologie und das Unheimliche, with T+U, Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

2014

Invisible Press, Macar Kültür Merkezi, Istanbul
Von Vorwand bis Pferdefleisch, povvera, Berlin (curated by: Sára Stenczer)
Millionaires Banquette, Prachtwerk, Berlin (curated by: Social Muscle Club)
Wer nicht arbeitet, soll auch nicht wählen!, povvera, Berlin (curated by: Sára Stenczer)

2012

Best of Diploma, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest

CURATORIAL WORK, ACTIVITIES, MEMBERSHIPS

Curatorial work:
2018 To Become an Artist, to Become Estranged; Studio of Young Artists’ Association, Budapest (co-curated by: Orsolya Bajusz)
2017-2019 Peasants in Atmosphere, OFF-Biennale Budapest
2016-2017 Catalyst Project, with Csakoda and tranzit.hu; Ózd, Nagykanizsa, Üllő, Budapest
2015 Local Service, with Csakoda and tranzit.hu, Bánkitó Festival, Bánk (co-curated by: Gyula Muskovics)
2014 Leisure Festival, with Csakoda, ICA-D, Dunaújváros
2012 Curator Casting, Studio of Young Artists’ Association, Budapest
2011-2013 Csakoda group – Migration of Pictures, several rural venues

Presentations, conferences, teaching:
2020- Lecturer at Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design, Hungarian University of Fine Arts and FAVU, Brno
2020 Culture at Crossroads Conference, presenter, Prague
2020 Hangover Reading Club; together with Zsolt Miklósvölgyi and Sarolta Kremmer, Trafó, Budapest
2019 Nibiru; workshop leader in a contemporary dance piece, Trafó, Budapest
2017-2019 DemoLab, workshop leader, UN Democracy Fund, Budapest
2018 Grantmakers East Forum, lecture performance at Central European University, Budapest
2018 Flying Art Courses, lecture performance at Balatonlelle, Hungary
2018 RULES Festival, lecture performance, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin
2018 Thought Sculpture, lecture performance at Trafó Gallery, Budapest
2017 Flying Art Courses, workshop in Velence, Hungary
2016 No Play Feminst Training Camp; with Virág Bogyó, nGbK, Berlin
2015 Female Domination?! Conference, Pécs

Memberships:
2017 Peasants in Atmosphere; founder/manager of a music band, Budapest
2016 Hungarofuturism, founding member of the Hungarofeminist lodge
2014-2017 Studio of Young Artists’ Association, board member, Budapest
2013-2015 T+U (Technologie und das Unheimliche), Berlin-Budapest-Leipzig
2011-2017 Csakoda, co-founder with Márton Dés, Budapest

Videos

SELECTED PRESS

Győrfy Laura: A halakat is fenyegeti a leesés veszélye – Reflexiók Trapp Dominika kiállításáról. artportal.hu, 2022
Zsolt Miklósvölgyi: Műalkotásként megformált élet (Trapp Dominika újabb műveiről). In: Forrás Folyóirat, LIV. 4., 2022
Sonja Teszler: Nostalgia Interrupted: How Eastern European Artists are Reshaping Their Cultural Heritage. somethingcurated.com, 2021
Danka Zsófia: Ősi tudások zsigeri lényege., ujmuveszet.hu
Nagy Zsófia: Mit olvas a művész? Trapp Dominika válaszol. dunszt.sk, 2021
Darida Veronika: Teher alatt nő…. In: Balkon, XII. 5., 2020
Távbeszélő 5.: Szabó Veronika és Trapp Dominika. szinhaz.hu, 2020
MIa Imani Harrison: How a Futurist Hungarian Arts Movement Offers New Means of Autonomy. hyperallergic.com, 2020
Barkóczi Flóra: Nőügyek az orvoslásban. Apokrif.hu, 2020
Lépold Zsanett: Intervenció – Női térnyerés az Orvostörténeti Múzeumban. In: Artmagazin, XVII. 5., 2020 Szilvay Gergely: Elnyomó parasztok, városi művésznők. mandiner.hu, 2020
Havas Ádám: “Ne tegyétek reám…” megnyitóbeszéd. prae.hu, 2020
Horváth Bence: Ember belőlem sohasem lesz, legfeljebb egy nyomorult asszony. 444.hu, 2020
Nagy Zsófia: Hogyan bánik a patriarchátus a testtel? artportal.hu, 2020
Prokk Balázs: “Don’t lay him on me…”. blokmagazine,com, 2020
Mélyi József: A normaszegés balladája. Élet és Irodalom. 2020
Adam Mazur: Hybrid Regime: On the Visual Art Scene in Budapest. blokmagazine.com, 2020
Gadó Flóra : With a Blind Map In Our Hands: Contmeporary Hungarian Art and The Anthropocene. Artportal.hu, 2018
Bajusz Orsolya: Peasants in Atmosphere and On the Cultural Field. In: IDEA, #52, 2018
Trapp Dominika: Heat It Up!. Ice Issue, T+U, Budapest-Berlin-Leipzig, 2018
Csatlós Hanna: Népművészetünk nem csak a magyarságunk, hanem az európaiságunk bizonyítéka is.
hvg.hu, 2018
Török Ferenc: Parasztok Atmoszférában. ritmuseshang.blog, 2017
Horváth Bence: A demokráciát kéne megszűntetni – Kulturális közvéleménykutatás Ózdon. 444.hu, 2017 Ványa Zsófa: Újabb üzenet Szirakúzából. kortarsonline.hu, 2016
Gócza Anita: Lerángattuk a festményt a piedesztálról. artportal.hu, 2016
Barkóczi Flóra: Önszerveződés a globális gondok árnyékában. artportal.hu, 2016
Kortárs művészet a Nagykörúton túl. hvg.hu, 2016
Trapp Dominika: Illúzióim a testemről és a művészetről. litera.hu, 2016
Trapp Dominika: Ratatata, ratatata. litera.hu, 2016
April Dell: Project Space Festival 2015: Dominika Trapp at ZÖNOTEKA. berlinartlink.com, 2015
Soós Andi: Az asztal, ami egyenlővé tesz. hg.hu, 2015
Szmerka Dániel: Szövetek – Rimbaud-tól Goebbelsig. litera.hu, 2015
Juhász Anna: Kell egyfajta jó értelemben vett igénytelenség, nonkonformizmus. tranzit.hu, 2014
Cathérine Hug: Paintings of Dominika Trapp. ZUG Magazine No.3, Bp. 2012. 4-9. pp.

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