Gusztav Uto


Gusztav Uto is a performance artist who has been making performance actions for many years, presenting his work throughout Europe, Asia and North America. He appeared in Toronto in 1996 as part of FADO’s Rencontre Performance Festival (in collaboration with Le Lieu). An artist of Hungarian background, he lives in Transylvania, Romania. Uto also worked throughout the 1990s as the organizer of the ANNART festival, an international outdoor performance art festival around a volcanic lake, considered one of the most important performance meeting places in Eastern Europe, until lack of funds has made it impossible to continue to produce the festival.

Visa Trauma (IV) by Gusztav Uto

Working in collaboration with Blank Slate, FADO is pleased to present a performance, video screening and talk by Gusztav Uto, one of Romania’s foremost performance artists. This will be the final work in Visa Trauma, a series of four actions undertaken by the artist during his visit to Canada (previous actions were performed in Chicoutimi, MontrĂ©al and QuĂ©bec City during August, 2003).

Gusztav Uto presents performance actions combining political and poetic impulses that respond to current and local situations. Visa Trauma comes out of the circumstances under which Uto finds himself in Canada. Originally invited to perform as part of SYLVA, a collective of Transylvanian artists formed for this tour, Uto found himself alone after his five companions were denied Visas by the Canadian embassy in Bucharest. Consequently, these performances speak to this unexpected absence of his colleagues and of the difficulties of communicating across cultural, geographic and administrative borders.

After his performance, Uto will show some video documentation of the ANNART festival in Romania and engage in a discussion with the audience about how art is valued in Romania versus Canada. 

This event is presented in collaboration with Blank Slate, a new Toronto forum for discussions, critical talks, conferences, workshops and interdisciplinary events blending together science, technology philosophy, politics and art. Special thanks to Le Lieu for organizing Gusztav Uto’s trip to Canada.

© Gustav Uto, Visa Trauma IV, 2003. Photo Miklos Legrady.

Rencontre Performance

Presented by FADO in cooperation with Le Lieu in QuĂ©bec City, as a satellite event of Le Lieu’s Rencontre internionale d’art performance et multimĂ©dia. This event was organized and curated by Sandy McFadden with the support of Istvan Kantor and Paul Couillard.

Paul Couillard (Toronto)
Ed Johnson (Toronto)
Istvan Kantor (Toronto)
Louise Liliefeldt (Toronto)
Richard Martel (Québec)
Julie Andrée T. (Québec)
BMZ (Hungary)
Roddy Hunter (UK)
Tari Ito (Japan)
Dziugas Katinas (Lithuania)
Gustav Uto (Romania)
Hong O Bong (Korea)
Irma Optimist (Finland)
Hortensia Ramirez (Mexico)
André Stitt (N. Ireland)

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer