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Photography Exhibition: The Place

Thursday 29 January, 7pm (Private view)
Hungarian Cultural Centre
10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA


'The place': Eastern Europe in photography practice
Works of PhD Candidates of the Royal College of Art


We are sorry to let you know that due to unforeseen circumstances this exhibition will now have to be cancelled. Please accept our and the exhibition curator's apologies for any inconvenience it may cause. We hope we will see you at another event at the Hungarian Cultural Centre soon!


Contributions from artist and filmmaker David Bickerstaff; Hungarian photographer Viktor Németh; artist and researcher Christian Nyampeta, in collaboration with curator of the project Azadeh Fatehrad.

'A job for the artist which no one else does is to dismantle existing communication codes and to recombine some of their elements into structures which can be used to generate new pictures of the world...' (Victor Burgin, Work and Commentary, 1973)

This project explores two forms of photography practice: fiction and documentary. The concept is based on re-visiting and recreating 'existing images'. The events of everyday life could be captured as a social reality in the form of documentation, or from a completely different position – a position of fascination that would, in fact, create a fictional representation. What could differentiate amateur photography and flâneur style in the existing of captured images? How does documentation represent a historical event, and how does it differ from a fictional representation of the same event? By revisiting 'existing images', this project tries to answer the questions above, as well as illuminate the life of archive images – the life of the past. Any specific historical event such as a revolution, victory, or catastrophe marks a key point or time in the history of a particular society, country, community. The mark made or left on the historical timeline necessarily creates a time both before and after the event. Here, we place the emphasis on the period after the event, as we believe the event, whatever it may be, continues to exist in one way or another; the people around or alive after the event will be the ones most affected by it and will have to deal with and digest the effects of it for a long time to come.

'The place': Eastern Europe in photography practice investigates the archive material of the Ukrainian National Film on the fairly recent Chernobyl Disaster, which occurred on 26 April 1986, as well as the Hungarian Police Photo Archive – in particular, photographs by Pál Csattos on 17 June 1986. The exhibition comprises a multi-media installation; a series of printed photographs; two channel videos; and selected publications that have enriched the research. The project enhances visitor interaction by holding a day's workshop exploring the relation between human agency in response to archive images; more information will be made available nearer the date.

Exhibition open: 30 Jan – 6 Feb
Opening hours: Mon–Thurs 10am–5pm, Fri 10am–2pm

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