On our way to the city centre, on foot once again, we came across a statue in front of the The Gresham Palace facing the Chain bridge. It was created by Eran Shakine, an artist born in Israel in 1962 . The notice on the ground read:
” The sculpture Girl from Buda is a monument to young people struggling to keep their identity and culture in the face of extreme urban modernization. Shakine is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Israel to a Hungarian mother and French father. He exhibits regularly and installed public sculptures in numerous cities around the world.”
” The sculpture is part of the ART.ISRAEL-ART IS REAL festival and an accompanying event of Art Market Budapest 2017 and the Café Budapest Contemporary Arts festival. The project was made possible with the support of START – the Israeli artist incubator project run by Serge Tiroche .”
We had seen the statue the previous day and were intrigued by its huge size and yellowish color, located right in the middle of a busy spot where trams, cars, buses, taxis … constantly go round and round. A grassy spot difficult to reach, in a real maze of crazy urban traffic.
I am not sure I liked that statue with only a passing and elusive ressemblance with one of Giacometti’s Walking Men. But I can see Shakine ‘s point. Don’t all young women look alike from Budapest to Tel Aviv, London, Paris, N.Y, Bejin, Shangaï … etc? Who are they really? Where do they come from? Apart from being clones of each others, what are their psychological frames made of? How important is it to be bred in different countries with different cultures? How much have they retained of their culture of origin? Do they know themselves? Does a globalised world mean the disappearance of thousand-year-old cultures or does it need adjustments? Are we on our way to acculturation?