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Golden Boundaries

Youth Culture in Contemporary Photography

Open to the public:
2017. 12. 04. – 2018. 03. 18.
Every day 11 am – 7 pm
Closed on public holidays.
Curator: Kata Oltai
Assistant Curator: Dorottya Pupli
Capa Center

© Derek RIDGERS: Skinhead Girl / Leicester Square, 1982

 

The opening of the exhibition starts on Monday, December 4th, 2017, at 8:00 pm.
Before the opening, at 6:00 pm guided tour with the exhibiting artists and the curator of the exhibition, Kata Oltai.
Opening remarks by: Miklós Hadas, sociologist
Before and after DJ set: Suhaid
Guitar improvisation: Ármin Sebestyén Dénes

 

Exhibited Artists:

BARAKONYI Szabolcs
Jörg BRÜGGEMANN
Siân DAVEY
Fryd FRYDENDAHL
GÁLDI VINKÓ Andrea
Anna GRZELEWSKA
Alexandre HAEFELI
HALÁSZ Dániel
KOLESZÁR Adél
Zuza KRAJEWSKA
David MESKHI
Slava MOGUTIN
Derek RIDGERS
TÓTH Márton Emil

 

Cultural history has always had a special focus on the transitional period called youth. Its length, assessment, and precursor have all undergone quite a varied range of interpretations, touching on all extremities: it leads from an innocent, perfect childhood to a compromising, corrupted adulthood; or in this period the ignorant, simple child becomes an adult blessed with cognitive and psychological powers and abilities. Is it a preparation for decay, or does it point towards a progressive state of mind?
Growing into adulthood is culturally determined, so each society strives to establish its own norms of what is childish or grown-up, masculine or feminine, useful or useless, progressive or orthodox. These establishments are prescriptive, sometimes following, sometimes counteracting the global tendencies. The categories inherently prescribe the method of properly getting by, of becoming a proper citizen, a so-called full member of society, in a stereotypical way. Seeking to uphold the balance between opposition and acceptance is one of the most important characteristics of this life phase.
Youth is regarded as a stage of psychological development as well as a social category framed by social institutions and rituals. Social representation plays a more important part in this than in any other preceding or following life stages: in accordance with the peculiar clothing, the manner of speaking, taste in music, or elements expressing which subculture one belongs to, young people assemble and reassemble stylistic elements of various origins – sometimes consciously, other times merely following role models.

This exhibition explores the different manifestations of self-expression, the search for personal autonomy and cultural diversity, the relative separation and the temporary, ad hoc togetherness of adolescence and young adulthood, as well as the so-called maps of meaning, through which the individual becomes a social being. It examines whether there are different forms of empowering and self-awareness, or if there is a gender-focused account of this new individualism. The images on display also seek to answer in what ways the anxiety, the aesthetics of “nothing doing,” and the search for a meaning are coded.

© Alexandre Haefeli: Férfitársaság | The Company of Men, 2015
© Alexandre Haefeli: Férfitársaság | The Company of Men, 2015
© Anna Grzelewska: Julia Wannabe, 2010-2016
© Anna Grzelewska: Julia Wannabe, 2010-2016
© Barakonyi Szabolcs: Tébánya, 2006-2007
© Barakonyi Szabolcs: Tébánya, 2006-2007
© David Meskhi: Ha nem köt a föld | When the Earth Seems to Be Light, 2007-2017
© David Meskhi: Ha nem köt a föld | When the Earth Seems to Be Light, 2007-2017
© Derek Ridgers: Babs, Soho (Londoni fiatalok | London Youth), 1987
© Derek Ridgers: Babs, Soho (Londoni fiatalok | London Youth), 1987
© Fryd Frydendahl: Róka | Fox (Unokaöcséim | Nephews), 2008, Courtesy of Fryd Frydendahl and the V1 Gallery
© Fryd Frydendahl: Róka | Fox (Unokaöcséim | Nephews), 2008, Courtesy of Fryd Frydendahl and the V1 Gallery
© Gáldi Vinkó Andi: Lilla (Maybe You Will, Maybe You Won’t), 2017
© Gáldi Vinkó Andi: Lilla (Maybe You Will, Maybe You Won’t), 2017
© Halász Dániel: For God and My Country, 2015
© Halász Dániel: For God and My Country, 2015
© Jörg Brüggemann: 80-as évek thrash metal rajongó | 80s Thrash Metal Fan (Metalheads), 2010
© Jörg Brüggemann: 80-as évek thrash metal rajongó | 80s Thrash Metal Fan (Metalheads), 2010
© Koleszár Adél: Paloma (Death Drive), 2017
© Koleszár Adél: Paloma (Death Drive), 2017
© Siân Davey: Martha reggel | Martha in the Morning (Martha), Courtesy of Siân Davey and the Michael Hoppen Gallery
© Siân Davey: Martha reggel | Martha in the Morning (Martha), Courtesy of Siân Davey and the Michael Hoppen Gallery
© Slava Mogutin: Ilya, Zenit sapka | Ilya, Zenit hat (Elveszett fiúk | Lost boys), 2001
© Slava Mogutin: Ilya, Zenit sapka | Ilya, Zenit hat (Elveszett fiúk | Lost boys), 2001
© Tóth Márton Emil: Rainy Day, 2012
© Tóth Márton Emil: Rainy Day, 2012
© Zuza Krajewska: Kuba (Imágó | Imago), 2016
© Zuza Krajewska: Kuba (Imágó | Imago), 2016