"Mental Borders" is the result of different shows which have a central theme: borders, physical and mental and national identity.
In Adrian's own words:
"I was born in 1993 in Serbia. I’m a Serbian-Hungarian visual artist based in Subotica, near to the border between Serbia and Hungary.
Last year I spent ten days in the Risk Change residency program in my mother country, in Hungary (Budapest). I'm not sure if I can call it that. I’d rather say that it's a stepfather country... well, that's where the story begins. Did I go home from home? Where do I belong?
My artistic practice is actually the convergence of existing on the verge, alienation, out-of-center, Eastern-European, rural life. Among other things, it raises issues such as: What does it mean to be a foreigner in your home country? Is it a blessing or a curse to be multinational? What is it like to live as a European in a non-European country and as a non-European in a European country? An element that has appeared again and again in my work for several years is the Fence, which initially started from the observation of village fences, which has become even more meaningful and important over the years with the migrant situation. It became a symbol.
There is a sharp border between Hungary and Serbia, not only in a physical sense, but also mentally. In the case of immigrants, Hungary has strengthened its borders in the name of non-inclusion and exclusion. A homogeneous country like Hungary does not know or does not want to know how to live with other nations, abstains from it and strives for ethnic purity. Vojvodina, where the largest minority is Hungarian, takes a completely different position on this issue. Vojvodina has 25 ethnic groups and six official languages (Croatian, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Ruthenian). We could say that it is a mini Europe. During my stay on the program, I made an attempt to observe the famous Hungarian “hospitality”. My experience over the years has not changed, I would say it has become even stronger."