Société Réaliste (France/Hungary)

Ferenc Gróf & Jean-Baptiste Naudy del Fat

Société Réaliste is an artistic cooperative created in Paris in June 2004. Since its creation Société Réaliste has developed several projects.
By a program of several exhibitions, Société Réaliste intends to create a fictitious and disseminated institution, the International Graffiti Museum (IGM), concerning urban signs. Each exhibition is a room, and each room produced talks about a certain historical, technical or artistic aspect of the graffiti. In this project, Société Réaliste is the artist, the curator, the patron, the sponsor, the worker and the public relation manager. In 2005, Société Réaliste produced three rooms of this Museum, at the Karton Gallery (Budapest) and at Usine des
Taillandiers and Espace En Cours (Paris). Currently, Société Réaliste is developing a new IGM room for the collective project SEXARBEIT (NGBK, Berlin, December 2006).
Société Réaliste also works on a curatorial program which subject is experimental architecture. This program, called Ministère de l’Architecture, is also a serial project, and is both a research work and a conceptual exhibition.
Société Réaliste is currently developing other aspects of its work. These projects concern the links between political and cultural contexts.
One of these projects, PONZI’S, is about a specific marketing model applied to contemporary art context. This project is currently displayed within the frame of the “How to do things?” project, organised by UQBAR (Berlin, with the support of Culture 2000). The project is travelling between the Trafo Gallery in Budapest, the CCA in Kiev, the ICCA in Bucharest, the Nikolaj Center in Copenhagen and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin.
The Transitioners project, which takes the form of a political design agency, is in development, and will be exhibited for the first time at the Trafo Gallery, Budapest, in September 2006. The exhibition will then be displayed in Paris at the beginning of 2007.
The Sansar Khan project will interrogate various symbols of imperialism in the Mongolian cultural context (within the frame of Transitory Operations, Ulan Baatar, Mongolia, July 2006)
These projects aim to interrogate the possibility to develop a general criticism throught art projects as well as to question the political responsibility and consciousness of the spectators in front of a cultural context determined by a hegemonic economical Weltanschauung.

Ferenc Gróf
born in Pécs, Hungary, 1972, studied at the Medical University of Budapest before graduating from the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. He took part in a broad range of projects, from the experimental media group Vakuum TV to writing for the on-line art magazine Exindex. He has had solo shows in France and Hungary and has participated group shows in Hungary, including Aura, Media Model, Reading in Absence or Field-works.

Jean-Baptiste Naudy del Fat
born in Paris, France, 1982. He received a Master in Curatorial Studies from the Sorbonne University in 2005. He gained experience working on curatoring teams, for the Biennale du Mois de la Photo à Paris, @rt Outsiders festival or Villette Numérique digital arts festival, and writing on art and literature for various publications and research projects. Since 2002, he has worked for Maison Européenne de la Photographie.

Société Réaliste participates in

  • [R][R][F]200x—>XP – global networking project
  • RRF v.3 curated by Agricola de Cologne