Eszter Sápi was born and raised in the Eastern part of Hungary, the so-called “dark corner” of the country. Growing up in a recently post-communist, rapidly changing yet stubbornly and proudly “traditional” (i.e., homogenous, kyriarchal, heteronormative and xenophobic) environment, she was immersed in a gorgeous yet often toxic folk/national culture. She also devoured the best and worst of what the US had to offer, aided by her sister living in the magical land of 11,842 lakes and endless aisles of breakfast cereal. Sápi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the intersections of national myths, personal memory, and gender and sexual identities. She received her BA from Macalester College (2008) and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in partnership with Tufts University (2012). Her work has been exhibited in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Boston, Cambridge, Provincetown and Norton in Massachusetts, Peoria and Champaign-Urbana in Illinois, as well as Kasterlee and Antwerp, Belgium, and Edinburg, Scotland. She is currently living and working in Baltimore, MD.
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