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FUTURES talents 2024

The Capa Center selected five young photographers, who can represent the Hungarian photography and the Capa Center in the FUTURES – European Photography Platform in 2024.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Futures is a platform focused on amplifying emerging talents in photography in Europe. The FUTURES Photography Platform has been granted Creative Europe funding to extend its programme until 2024. In the coming years, FUTURES will launch and promote a plurality of activities aimed at driving innovation, inclusivity and sustainability.

The current members of the platform are CAMERA (IT), Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie (FR), Ci.CLO (PT), Copenhagen Photo Festival (DK), Der Greif (DE), FOMU (BE), FOTODOK (NL), Fotogalleriet (NO), Fotofestiwal Lodz (PL), Fotograf 07 (CZ), ISSP (LV), Organ Vida (CR), PHotoESPAÑA (ES), PhotoIreland (IR), Photo Romania Festival (RO), Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre (HU), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (DE), and Void (GR).

Members of the Capa Center x FUTURES 2024 professional jury:

Gabriella Csizek
curator of the permanent Robert Capa exhibition, Capa Center, Budapest

Katalin Kopin
curator, Capa Center, Budapest

Claudia Küssel
independent curator

Emese Mucsi
curator, Capa Center, Budapest

István Virágvölgyi
artistic director, Capa Center, Budapest

The FUTURES talents of Capa Center in 2024

Zsuzsa Darab | zsuzsadarab.com

Born in Miskolc in 1989, Zsuzsa Darab graduated from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME), in photography BA. In 2012, she obtained a scholarship to study painting and fine art in Denmark. In 2014, she studied at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland under the ERASMUS programme. In 2015, she graduated from MOME’s photography MA department, then in 2016 from the design and visual arts teaching MA department. Same year, she did her photography internship in Reykjavik, Iceland. From 2017 till 2018, she was working as Jón Páll’s photo assistant at SuperStudio. From 2018, she lives in Hungary and works as a destination freelance photographer. She has been a member of the Hungarian Assocation Of Young Art Photographers since 2011, and the Women Photograph database, since 2017. Her works are usually personal, conceptual, staged and also experimental. She has already exhibited several times in Budapest and abroad as well, e.g. New York, Rome, Nizhny Tagil, Luxembourg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Warsaw, etc. In 2013, she participated in the Present Continuous art project at the Mai Manó House. In 2016, she was chosen by Photo Botie as one of the 30 under 30 women photographers. She won the NKA Scholarship in 2018, 2022, 2023 and the Pécsi József Scholarship in 2021.

In her long-term works, Zsuzsa Darab explores personal themes, often combining conceptual and experimental solutions. She is deeply engaged with the subject of observation, in order to present her questions and experience as a visual story. In her work, she challenges and nuances existing stereotypes about the subject matter. Through personal stories, she explores the phenomenon itself, drawing attention not only to its individual manifestations but also to its general characteristics. Emphasis is placed on the presentation of emotionally based individual responses to situations to provide an opportunity to place them in a wider context. As is often the case in her previous work, she takes her own life situation as a starting point in dealing with the ‘first-life panic’ of her generation, the possibility of a first love relationship, and the psychological processes of coming to terms with lived experience. Zsuzsa Darab’s questioning and her own working method deserve attention, support and opportunity. 

Gabriella Csizek
curator of the permanent Robert Capa exhibition, Capa Center, Budapest

Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab
Darab Zsuzsa: Thirtysomething, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Zsuzsa Darab

 

Balázs Fromm | balazsfromm.com

Balázs Fromm (B.1991) is a photographer, currently living and working in Budapest. He studied photography at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, and new media at the CityUniversity of Hong-Kong, Hong-Kong. Fromm’s field of work revolves around Eastern European topics, the historic legacy of socialism, the power of masculinity, local issues, and youth culture. His photographic approach involves documenting the disappearing working class of rural Hungary and it’s gloomy industrial cities ( A city built of steel 2018-2022), and unveiling the non-conventional beauty norms and the precarious identity of the Z generation. ( East and Eden 2021) Guided by an intuitive sense of connection, Fromm captures the bonds of communities and their environment in the amidst of democratic backsliding, and rising nationalism throughout the region. He works regularly on documentary commissions, shedding light on regional stories for publications as Zeit and Republik, and many others. Balázs Fromm is part of the Studio of Young Photographers of Hungary. He received the Jozsef Pecsi photography grant from the state of Hungary in 2021. Presently, he is working on two ongoing photgraphic series, Casting and Csango Land. 

Balázs Fromm’s projects revolve around Middle and Eastern European topics, against the backdrop of countries in transition, where democracies are under pressure while the legacy of socialism is still tangible pressured by the weight of impending war, rising nationalism and migration. With his long term projects he follows the developments in specific regions pinpointing to shifts in local communities. His approach expresses an intuitive interest in the condition humaine which is notably revealed by the powerful and tender portraits of people, and especially youngsters. Through adding impressions of the direct surroundings and landscapes, his works result in a rich palette of calm and atmospheric images expressing the complex challenges of a region with uncertain future prospects. For Futures Fromm applied with three recent projects: Csango Land (2023) on the shifts in the Csango community; From Mountains and Soil (2023) on youth culture in the Caucasus; and Budapest (2022 – ) an ongoing project on the identity of youngsters in the Hungarian capital (in collaboration with fellow photographer Ryan Molnar). Balázs Fromm (b. 1991) has received the Jozsef Pecsi photography grant from the state of Hungary in 2021. He works regularly on documentary commissions, shedding light on regional stories for publications as Zeit and Republik, and many others. 

Claudia Küssel
independent curator

Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: Csango Land, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm
Fromm Balázs: From Mountains and Soil, részlet a sorozatból | from the series © Balázs Fromm

 

Noémi Napsugár Melegh | menonaphotography.com 

Noémi Napsugár Melegh was born in 1990 in Budapest, Hungary, and is currently a full-time photojournalist for telex.hu, one of the largest independent news portals in Hungary. Although she has been interested in photography since she was in high school, she worked as a health economist for several years after having obtained her BA and MSc in Economics. During the past two years, she has participated in several international training courses: she was a fellow of the VII Academy Level 1 and Level 2 Documentary Photography Seminar, a participant of the Magnum workshop organised by the Robert Capa Center in Budapest, and a fellow of the Canon Student Development programme and of the prestigious Eddie Adams workshop in Jeffersonville, New York. Her true passion lies in creating long-form documentary projects that focus on personal stories and presenting the lives of local, marginalised communities. In 2023, she won 2nd place in the Documentary Photography (Series) category of the Hungarian Press Photo Contest with her work titled as “Gábor and Kálmán”, which tells the story of two men living on the margins of the Roma community. In the same year, she was awarded the Hemző-Károly Prize, a prestigious yearly award for a photographer under 35. 

Noémi Napsugár Melegh, as an active photojournalist, is able to step away from the “fly on the wall” role of an author in press photography, which often pushes the creative attitude into the background, and thus represents a more honest attitude, which takes the photojournalist as one of the factors influencing the documented events into account. With her often unusual compositions and her raw use of flash, she creates a fresh, cool visual world, consciously operating with apparent compositional errors to strike a more unvarnished visual tone, but without departing from the tradition of documentary photography, which authentically presents the situations pictured. The atmosphere of trust that she is able to create and in which her subjects can be themselves is palpable in her images. Although she is at the beginning of her photographic career and has so far moved towards the classic subject choices of press photography, her images show a freshness of creativity that has the potential to be seeking new experimental paths.I 

István Virágvölgyi
artistic director, Capa Center, Budapest

Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh
Melegh Noémi Napsugár: Falusi fiatalok, részlet a sorozatból | Village youth, from the series © Noémi Napsugár Melegh

 

Róbert Nunkovics | nunkovicsrobert

Róbert Nunkovics (1993) examines the relational systems of urban life, exploring naive artistic attempts appearing in public spaces, graffiti, and the acts of their reception through the medium of photography and video. In his own images, he presents urban space as various, freely usable surfaces for artistic creation. He sensitively combines research-based mediums – objects, memories, drawings, or collective photography – with works coming from his own observations, delicately examining the issues of our environment and social groups. The Népsziget, formerly known as Mosquito Island is one of Budapest’s lesser-known, underrepresented districts. It used to be an island on the Danube River, which in the 1850s transformed into a peninsula with a thin strip of land. It is surrounded on all sides by the Danube, except for Zsilip Street, where I renovated a studio a few years ago in the currently operational Mahart Shipyard. This provides an opportunity to observe the island’s everyday life up close and through a real network of relationships. I am conducting a documentary project that I have divided into two parts: collecting and photographing. The two works function independently, but together, they become truly complex, reinforcing each other. I am interested in the young people enjoying the floodplain forest, those celebrating their birthdays, the fishermen, a day in the life of the island’s mail carrier, the residents of the shelter, the rusty regulars at the historical Vasmacska, or the skeletal remains of a chewed fish on a waxed tablecloth, dripping ice creams with a portable speaker – basically anything happening around me on the island.

The exceptional characteristics of Róbert Nunkovics’ work were evident from the very beginning of his praxis: he uses the tools of documentary photography in a special way to present topics selected along the lines of his interest in authentic – typically outsider or vernacular – artistic expressions rooted in street art and graffiti culture and in everyday life. The focus of his sensitive multi-media projects is usually a remarkable figure, a special place with a little-known but super interesting story. In addition to photographic elements, found objects, and appropriated or “saved” materials appear in his works. From a particularly fresh perspective, Nunkovics examines the subtle systems of urban life, the naive artistic attempts appearing in public spaces, as well as the acts of acceptance or punishment – through the mediums of photography and video. In his works, he pushes the boundaries of contemporary art and defines the urban space as a repository of various creative surfaces that can be used by the citizens. In his latest project, he presents one of the little-known and underrepresented areas of Budapest, the Népsziget by immersing himself in the day-to-day activities of the local people. In his subjective photo series, from the perspective of the participant-observer, Nunkovics depicts the natural area used in a variety of ways by different Budapest communities and loners. In the work NÉPSZIGET, he combines archival materials related to the place with his photographs channeling his observations. 

Emese Mucsi
curator, Capa Center, Budapest

Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics
Nunkovics Róbert: Népsziget, részlet a sorozatból | Népsziget, from the series © Róbert Nunkovics

 

Boglárka Zellei | boglarkazellei.com 

Boglárka Éva Zellei is a photographer and visual artist based in Budapest, Hungary. Her work is concerned with contemporary spirituality in a culture where religion is often misinterpreted and overused. Her aim is to reveal more connections within contemporary culture by exploring deeper desires of a person or communities. For her, the process of creation is also a source of spiritual growth, through processing and pushing her limits, and above all, an important space for dialogue. Zellei studied Photography at the University of Kaposvár and received her MA in Photography at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest in 2017. In 2016 she studied as a visiting student at Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Besides Hungary, she was represented in exhibitions in Berlin, London, Vienna, Kanazawa, Breda, and Monopoli. Her works were published in several magazines, for example on the cover of HANT Magazine für Fotografie, in The Guardian, Spiegel Online, IMA Magazine (JP) and C41 Magazine (IT). In 2020 she earned the 3-year scholarship of Hungarian Academy of Fine Art. In 2018 the artist was a New East Photo Prize finalist, a Prix Pictet nominee, and earned the Pécsi József Photography Grant. She won the third prize of Different Worlds competition in 2017.

Boglárka Zellei combines the spiritual journey with the creative process, her artistic practice is guided by the experience and projection of spiritual processes in depth.  With her photographic-based installation works, she invites the viewer to an intense dialogue, drawing attention to fundamental questions of faith, but also bringing to the surface themes of spiritual resilience, or notions of judgement and acceptance. In her most recent works, she explores the relationship between the individual and the community, and is interested in connecting different generations and communities through her work. An important setting is nature and sacred places, where she can discover the connections between God, nature and man. In 2021, she began a project entitled Women’s Spirituality, based on conversations, which she uses to create the associative and metaphorical images that accompany the portraits and texts.  

Katalin Kopin
curator, Capa Center, Budapest

Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei
Zellei Boglárka: Örökléspróba, részlet a sorozatból | Attempts at inheriting, from the series © Boglárka Zellei