Ilona Németh (born in 1963, Dunajská Streda) is a Slovak artist whose subversive work mainly oriented towards historical and cultural events has crossed the borders to be featured in international exhibitions like « After the Wall » (Stockholm, 2000), « Aspekten / Positionen » (Vienna, 1999), 49e Venice Biennial (in collaboration with Jiří Surůvka, 2001) and « Gender Check » (Vienna, 2009).
In 1987 she co-founded the artistic group « Studio Erté » in Nové Zámky, Slovakia, and since 2004 she runs « Ateliér IN » at the Department of Intermedia and Multimedia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava.
Ilona Németh is particularly interested in the historical events or social conditions of certain places, mainly to produce their critical version and to provide her own artistic interpretation. She also denounces the power of the media and the Catholic Church, usually with a certain sense of humor or provocation. She works with various media, among which installation, video, object and public art sculpture.
The works featured in the exhibition of Ilona Németh in Gandy gallery will focus on the transformation of factory-produced furniture into cult objects or religious furnishing. By doing so, she draws attention to the manipulative methods of the Catholic Church, as well as of the market mechanism. Along with her older pieces, she will show some new ones titled « Metod » specially produced for the gallery space, and which will extend the series of religious-commercial objects.