URBANA — Eszter Sapi, who directs the Indi Go Artist Co-op in Champaign, will have the tables turned on her: She will present her own art in an exhibition opening Thursday at the Independent Media Center in Urbana.
The opening reception will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and the works will remain on view through May 28.
In this new series of drawings, Sapi pulls from and re-imagines scenes from the Hungarian folk tales she grew up watching on national television in Hungary. Offering a peculiar, queer take on the stories, she depicts characters out of context, highlighting moments of desire, destruction and disorientation. In doing so, her drawings rupture the narratives that for so long deceived her and challenge the violent misogyny and economic inequality built into the national identity she was meant to take for granted.
Sapi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the intersections of national myths, personal memory and gender, and sexual identity. She received a master of fine arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University. She lives in Urbana.