*1969, Budapest. Lives in Budakeszi.
Photographic Documentation and Archive of Manifesta 2:
Roman Mensing, Münster
Should I live to be a hundred
Emese Benczur is working a posteriori on 27,000 manufactured cloth labels that say "Day by day". Daily, she embroiders the phrase "I think about the future" in addition to the initial text on each label. This compulsive activity has been thought in a voluntary and methodical way for a one-hundred-year period.
The installation in the Casino Luxembourg illustrates the repeated gestures of collating the labels embroidered by the artist with the remaining stock of label rolls. The systematic procedures make it possible to compare the embroidering work to that of writing and to make appear the artist's need to structure time. Indeed, it is a compulsive activity - even self-punishing - which appears as a recollection of personal memories built upon an in-depth reflection on duration and temporality.