Here, Anywhere

The map of Hungary is speckled with capsules of time. During the political transformation twenty years ago, as the country experienced change it simply forgot about certain places – streets, blocks of flats, vacant sites and whole districts became self-defined enclosures, where today a certain out-dated, awkward, longed-to-be-forgotten Eastern Europeanness still lingers. There are places which seem to be at one with other parts of the city in a single space, but their co-existence in time is only apparent; places which decompose in accordance with their own specific chronology, determined by their past, such that what remains would then either be silently reconquered by nature or enveloped by the lifestyles of tomorrow’s generations. Of the inhabitants, who have never fully integrated with majority society, soon only traces will remain, until they, too, disappear in the course of time.

Having experienced the influence of Soviet power, felt directly in everyday life until the political changes as a child, and having comprehended and interpreted its intellectual and social after-effects as an adult, I decided to record the hidden realities which are essential in order to understand the country as it hovers on the borderline between the eastern and western worlds. I do not observe these mini-universes with the aim of mapping entirety, but rather wish to condense certain arbitrarily chosen details into embodiments of an obsolete existence. The photographic series begun in 2009 examines the typically transitional period and the symbolic characters and locations of post-communist space. The pictures record the historical manifestations of a country which, having shaken off the constraints of foreign powers many times, has successively demonstrated that it is quite incapable of arranging its own power relations and social structure in a manner complying with common European values. It is a country where in recent times the entanglement of competing political interests has resulted in the disappearance of the belief that power can be exercised in a modern, democratic way.





Crows (near Debrecen, East Hungary), 2009





Night Watchman (Budapest), 2009





Bricks (Budapest), 2009





Bus Stop (North-East Hungary), 2011





Deer (North Hungary), 2011





Abandoned Factory Site (near Székesfehervár, West-Hungary), 2011





Gage Tree (South Hungary), 2011





Roma Ghetto (Budapest), 2010





Sunflowers (Balatonakarattya, West Hungary), 2010





Building (Emöd, North-East Hungary), 2009





Peter with a Mangalitsa Piglet (North-East Hungary), 2009





Car Wreck (Budapest), 2009





Spoil Heap (near Salgotarjan, North-Hungary), 2012





Soviet Military Painting (Kiskunlacháza), 2012





Abandoned Room (Soviet Base, Szentkirályszabadja, West Hungary), 2012





Lieutenant Colonel Istvan (Jósvafö, North-East Hungary), 2011





Abandoned Soviet Base (Szentkirályszabadja, West Hungary), 2012





Equestrian Statue (Pákozd, North Hungary), 2011





Locust Trees (North-East Hungary), 2011





Tree and House (West Hungary), 2011





Petya (near Budapest), 2011





Ruin (near Budapest), 2011