Hungary / France 2007, video, 19 min
Born in Budapest and brought up in an artistic household, Judit Kurtág trained as a photographer at the École des Gobelins in Paris before continuing her studies at the École des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux. After developing a concern with the silence and speed of photography, Kúrtag turned her attention to video, its rhythms and the impetuous or languid movements that give a face to time. Kurtág continues to use both media, adopting a dual artistic identity to match her dual, French-Hungarian nationality. Exhibiting internationally for the past decade, she lives and works in Paris and Berlin. Disguised autobiography and fragments of shattered recollections are characteristic tropes in Kurtág’s work. Midway offers a subtle and detached take on three well-known stories: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Charles Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood and Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. As in a dream, references are combined and jumbled, without beginning or end, disturbing the possbilities of reading and opening up a space of interpretation both intimate and deeply sensitive.