Correspondence between János Vető és Gabriella Csizek
Edited by: Mária Andrássy and Gabriella Csizek
2002. 09. 15.
I’m very happy that the preparations for the exhibition are going so well! From the vicinity
of our house: The construction, necessary for the expansion of the gallery space, is
proceeding at full steam despite the problems encountered on the way. Even so, it will
only be finished in the middle of November which means a delay in the Manóház
schedule. This means that we don’t know the final date for your exhibition. But I hope
we’ll know more by mid-october and I’ll notify you. What are you doing besides expending
all your energy getting this exhibition ready?
Csizek Gabi Manó
It’s the middle of October and I’m excitedly awaiting the date. Shameless of me, I know,
but I have to make plans. Is there something concrete? How’s the construction going?
This sounds terrible, however unbelievable, I don’t believe that I‘ll be able to hold this
amazing quantity and quality of work together which I’ve prepared over more than an year.
My life’s work is scattered around the globe. When this exhibition flashed before my eyes,
(the second I saw it, I fell in love with the ManóHáz), I set madly to work, lost myself in the
past and now here’s the finished product. Let’s put it up nicely among the construction
debris, but in spring. Possible?
Dear Manó! This news is honey to my ears.
Dear Gabi! You angry? Or why the silence?
Happy New Year! Unfortunately, unhappy obligations kept me from the Manó, but let’s
email about the preparations.
Hi Gabi! Anything’s good for me(10th) but I have to know exactly (children vacation work
and love) Now what’s it gonna be????
Wow! Then, let’s say, I arrive the 4th and start bringing in the stuff. It doesn’t matter if you
can be there then, I guess. And starting from the 10th we’ll dive into the work. We need a
framing expert, and an idea of what the catalog will cost and then my wonderful team will
set to work planning. Question; is it okay if I come from Feb. 6-14, can I get a plane ticket,
how does it get to me?
G’morning. Like you said on the phone yesterday: GREAT! I never know how these
things go, but I guess they’re going, that is, I’m going, or more exactly, I’ll be right there.
Here’s my passport number.
Dear Diligents! So I’ll tell them and head to Malmö, jump off the train at the airport and
pick-up a ticket.
Hi Gabi, lots of love from the other room: NahTe
Well now, I wish you a good morning from here in Copenhagen and a big thanks. NahTe
May 22, Thursday? May 24. Saturday? Hm. Oh, just not the 23rd, that’s the unluckiest
number in my life!
Hi everybody! The answers are ready, now I just need the questions promised. NahTe
Subject: exhibition opening text.
Dear Gabi! Colored Old Air. NahTe presents János Vető és KINAherceg photographic
works, digitally printed + a few original silver gelatins.
Dear Gabi! KINAherceg is the former name of János Vető, a kind of signature I used to
cover a certain work period of my life in the 80s. If you look, the middle is NAh, the Te is
my name for a while now. Interested in earlier, longer-shorter names I’ve used? Drozda
Frigyes (1966-68), Dupla (1969-70), Kis Karóc, Nagy Skokó (1978-79), these I barely
used. I signed a few Zuzu-Vető pieces Kromanyoni and Vértesszöllőssy, (1982-84). Dear
Gabi! When we were born, we got names, then more or we made names. I’m lucky I
finally found my name, which I’m now filling up with content. Our differences make us
uniform and singular. When I was ruminating on who exactly am I, the realization hit my
like a bolt… My earlier names were playful references to actual works of the time. I didn’t
want people calling me them, though it happened. They were signature names. But if
anyone calls me Te(“you”), I hear it.
The ferry is nuts. Or is it like that for you, too? I discovered Photography in the head a
long time ago(see- halld photo essay) Nowadays and I think for a little while longer Old Air
interests me (bubble wrap, the plastic with the bubbles). It’s my negative, my basic
element, my paint… should I conjugate?
Well, yours isn’t a piece of cake either, the previous two required some serious secret
code reading. What would I ask myself? How are you?-fine, thanks. Where am I going?-where
it doesn’t happen everyday.
What would I like?- Well now, about 300 A4’s and pictures in military time, then about 10-
14 pieces of 70x100 black and white pictures, 4 large ones(about 100x80 color tableaux
and 6 bubblewrap pictures, about 1 meter x 2.5 meters, but the same size). Well, the
small pictures aren’t all printed out yet, and they have to be somewhat evenly framed, this
is time and money(I’ve got neither). For this, so it goes smoothly, I need a warplan. This
is surely up to you(sorry). Then there’s this giant distance, and the dense weekdays,
thanks their going fine. Primarily, I’m probably occupied with music, it would behoove me
to surprise the Manó with a few of my records, ones I made recently and some from other
musicians, but immediately, today, I have to mesmerize a few reporters and government
ministers, and they will surely snatch up the 50 copies I spent last week in mass-production
mode making, finally manufacturing them, but better late than never. And
yes… I would like it if my intuitive Trio, called United Dream of Nights could play at the
You know my photos are trivial, but an important slice of my activities, and my cameras,
like my guitars, are fetish objects. I can’t even remember a lot of them, and naturally a lot
were forgettable. So, good morning, flood me with those nice questions of yours and I’ll let
fly my black and white answers.
Here with love is a NahTe 2000 signature, where the name and my favorite guitar are both
This is an excerpt of an older one of my paintings I put into another picture. It’s title is “int
hello”. The painting it was inserted into was titled, “Hello Everybody”, originally 70x100cm.
The details are poloroid shots the size of postage stamps and details from this were also
enlarged. I like this digital fog, suits my disposition.
Greetings to all, Here are a few answers to questions not asked yet: yes no Cageian?
Then music. But zen? The tiny quivers and big quakes of the spirit. Nightmares of
Narcissus. The blind photographer the deaf musician
Good morning, everything’s OK, but I don’t know who is opening it (the exhibition). Kristen
Delholm (do you know her?)
Then let’s go, I’m on my way.
Hi, see here, I wrote the titles out correctly, if something is missing, we’ll put in in the day
after tomorrow, + there are dates missing… To me the title can be miraculous, I don’t
believe he’d be upset, although I’m no more a miracle than anybody else. If you can’t
open the ‘tached, Évi can.
Hi, are you still there? I went skateboarding with the kids in the meantime, that’s why I’m
late. So, how could I name these groups anything when only the sixth and seventh have
‘taching Kirsten’s text. Kirsten would like to do it in Hungarian at the opening.
Gabi, Hm? What do you think?
So, now it’s time to travel.
Hungarian House of Photography in Mai Manó House
H-1065 Budapest-Terézváros, Nagymező utca 20.