I was looking for something that is related to culture but also very practical and not defined by distant theoretical aspects. It was attractive to me that they put so much emphasis on internships and the university had an extended network of cultural associations. I definitely felt “connected” to the real world of cultural management. In this field networking is very important: you have to know the people, the organizations, your possibilities especially if you aim to work in an international environment. Creating this sense of connectedness is a great asset of UIC. Not to mention that the possibility to work with students from all over the world from South America to Russia was unique and challenging experience that I would recommend for everyone. I must also say that fact that I had the possibility to do it in my favourite city, Barcelona, was also amazing. You get a chance to visit and see from the inside such cultural institutions that define and shape the cultural life of this incredible city.
I work in the international department of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. Our objective is to present Hungarian art in various countries and establish cultural ties with relevant institutions. For example, a few years ago as part of a mutual agreement with the Chinese Academy of Arts, an exhibition of Chinese art was organized at the seat of our Academy and last year we presented a great exhibition of Hungarian art in Beijing’s Today’s Art Museum. It is our aim to provide visibility to Hungarian artists and also to establish platforms of intercultural relations.
How did you get your current job position?
During the university I was doing my internship at the General Consulate of Hungary and we were working together with MECAL Animation Festival. That year the guest country was Hungary and the Consulate organized the visit and programmes of the representatives of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. I met my future colleagues there and after finishing my degree, I returned to Budapest and they offered me a position.
What knowledge and abilities do you consider you have acquired in the Master’s degree and that they have influenced you personally and professionally?
Both professionally and personally the most important aspect for me was intercultural mediation. It put me on my way to approach culture: we need others to be able to interpret ourselves, our culture. We cannot stand isolated, living in our own world and even though it is hard, we should strive for finding a common denominator with other cultures and build shared values. One of the hardest thing is to put tolerance into practice, but is worth trying because it does not only give way to the creation of new values, but it also helps to understand better your roots and your identity.