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Eva Bubla

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Country : Hungary

Balázs Kristóf Németh

Eva Bubla is an artist, activist, researcher, educator; and oftentimes works as a curator or artistic director. Currently, she is enrolled in the Doctoral School of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, focusing her research on the role of art as a catalyst.

From a painter background, Eva Bubla shifted to the socio-ecological challenges of the specific location and community, and the practices of Indonesian artist collectives during her studies at the Indonesian Institute of Arts Yogyakarta, between 2011 and 2016. These years had an important impact on her artistic practice, as she also started to use tools such as public engagement, alternative education, DIY and DIWO methodology, or cross-sectoral collaboration.

Bubla's works articulates current social and ecological concerns and are strongly connected to the specific environment and community. At the boundaries of art and science, her projects aim to raise awareness on various sustainability challenges, in an attempt to catalyse a change. Her solo and collaborative projects have raised awareness on the environmental and social aspects of urbanization and marginalization (Lifeforms III), the ecological needs and risks of our waters (szabadonbalaton), water scarcity and water pollution (Root a Tree), air pollution (Ways Fwd, Designated Breathing Zone), food sovereignty (foraging workshops and Climate Garden projects) or eating as cultural bonding (Pushcart), the problem of waste (Wayang Sampah workshops), chemical farming (Bearth, Grow in India), oftentimes looking for alternative ways of doing.

As a curator/artistic director, in 2018, Bubla created artist residency ÉrTEM , a project that invited 8 artists of different backgrounds to develop site- and/or community-specific ideas related to the values and aspirations of the Ecology Institute which hosted the event in Gömörszőlős, a small Hungarian village. The Institute has been showing an example to small villages with elder population by their program “Gömörszőlős, the sustainable village,” and aims to put the theory of sustainable development into practice, manages a permaculture farm, and applies various sustainable innovations. The experiences were also shared during a roundtable discussion in the Studio of Young Artists’s Association, where artists and scientists working for social and environmental change participated.