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52nd Venice Biennale
10 June - 21 November 2007

Venice / 2007 / Tour / Roma Pavilion

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András Kállai




Fat Barbie. 2006
Terracotta, plastic, 28 x 13 x 14 cm

All my works are the results of an intuitive creative process, as regards both their subjects and the process of realisation. It was always after the event that I could recognise my method and identify its sources, whether it be an attraction to primitive art, representations of Venus, compositions built from used dolls and toys, or Barbie dolls. Which is to say the work always comes first - spontaneously or by chance, - and the idea, the subject follows in its wake, whether immediately or much later. I want to emphasise this because the Barbie dolls are again something I chanced upon. This figure had appeared in all of my earlier toy-compositions, but I had not accorded more attention to it than to any other degenerate and grotesque toys. But as two of my interests - or more precisely, those works that utilise primitive art and those that employ contemporary toys - were approaching one another, I realised I was using two idols, two completely different images of the woman! One is Venus, who serves fertility, the other Barbie, who serves infertility! My sculpture Fat Barbie is a result, the first refined form, of the encounter of these two idols. I want to represent the Barbie doll in certain situations, with the use of simple symbols. The works that emerged along this concept may at first sight be perplexing, even funny, but it is my hope that they are attention-arresting.

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* 1982 Kerepestarcsa, Hungary. Lives in London, United Kingdom.

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Venice / 2007 / Tour / Roma Pavilion