Photography (The Retoucher)
An exhibition of Viola Fátyol and Anna Nemes
Curated by: József Mélyi
03. 11. 2015 - 04. 12. 2015
"The concept of the exhibition was inspired by Pál Zolnay’s film from 1972: Photography (its working title during the shooting: The Retoucher). In the film two young gentlemen, a photographer and a retoucher, set off to go to the countryside, impressed by an idea conceived during a New Year’s Eve in Pest. They go from house to house in a village, offering their services: they prepare portraits of the residents or fix old photographs. In a short time it turns out that the majority of the people do not wish to see the raw reality recorded by the photographer, but rather prefer the work of the retoucher, the modified, idealised picture. In the meantime, from the conversations during the taking of photographs and the memories connected to the photos, stories of families and personal tragedies of people unfold – the creators face all this in a stunned way and, apparently, without any proper means.
In the centre of the exhibition, Photography (The Retoucher), stand the image creators of today; two young women, a photographer and a painter search for the possible tools of grasping reality in Budapest. The two artists did not know each other earlier; the project has formed through several meetings and conversations, proceeding from an idea of the curator. The double self-portarits of Viola Fátyol and Anna Nemes are at the same time personal prints and impersonal examination of approaching reality. The photographic portrait fixes a moment lifted from time, it records a given system of relations, and only the beholder, the after-ages of the recording may judge its composition, its reality, its truth or falsehood."