Péter Forgács (1950) is a media artist and independent filmmaker, based in Budapest. Since 1978 he has made more than thirty films and several media installations. He is best known for his “Private Hungary” series of award winning films and installations often based on home movies from the 1920s-1980s, which documents ordinary lives that were soon to be ruptured by an extraordinary historical trauma that occurs off screen.
Since the early 1990s Forgács’ video installations have been presented at museums and art galleries throughout Europe and America. His international debut came with The Bartos Family (1988). Since then he has received several international festival awards – in New York, Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco and Berlin, where he won the Prix Europa for Free Fall film in 1997. Between 2000-2002 Forgács was artist in residence at The Getty Museum/Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, where he created The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River installation. His works can be found in prestigious collections including the MoMA or the Pompidou. In 2007 Forgács was awarded with the most prestigious Dutch Erasmus Prize for his notable contributions to European culture. He regularly exhibits at famous Hungarian as well as international art institutions such as the Getty Museum, the BOZAR or the EYE Film Museum. His solo show entitled ‘Letters to Afar’ was on view in the Museum of the City of New York. He has participated in numerous significant international art events, for instance he represented Hungary in 2009 at the Venice Biennale with his project entitled ‘Col Tempo – The W. Project’. In 2018, Forgács’s piece ‘Venom’ was awarded with the Acquisition Award at LOOP Barcelona.