On the series ’Orando at laborando’ and ’The Fear of Lord is the Beginning of Knowledge’
I started to work in the Calvinist College of Debrecen – my old high school at the eastern border of Hungary – in 2010. As a former student, I experienced the closed and severe world of this reputable church grammar school, had a particular image about life going inside its walls. As time passed it became more and more obvious, that this special world needed to be shown and be brought to light. My interest was cought by the complexity of the topic: there is a countryside institution in the middle of cultural marginality, where teenagers from very different socioeconomic backgrounds comprise the student community. Besides the heterogenity of students, the school has almost five hundred years of history, and a reputation rooted in this traditional existence, however the school itself has been struggling with all these traditions to stay actual in the present. And above all, religion and church – besides the theoretical base of education – has a very stong influence of everyday life in the school. Between the boundaries of this special world the students try to live through their adolescence, explore all the joys and torments of teens, surrounded by the tradition and faith. As Christianity’s main law is love for the fellow beings, the student community does have this advantage as well: the social network of students is told to be stronger than usual and it can’t let any student to fall outside the community.
In the first part of the work, called ’Orando et Laborando’, I attempted to create a balladistic atmosphere so as to depict these connections between human beings. My aim was to visualize the world of tradition and faith, with the emphatetic relationships the students have among each other. In these images my teenage models play general roles, act in the staged and somehow enigmatic situations, which are the projections of my imagination and memories I have and preserve about the school.