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Budapest, Robert Capa Center, 2013

From the series Deep Surfaces

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Photon Gallery, Ljubljana

Dated Titled

Size

50 x 75 cm
19.69 x 30 in

Reference

d998d063

Year

2013

Medium

Prints , Photography


  • About the work

Giclee print

Do we reproduce a part of reality when we photograph something? Even though the photo seems to show a copy of reality, we may feel that it is already something entirely different. So the question arises: At which point do we get so far from the original that we can no longer recognise it? This photography-related question is an analogue of the sorites paradox, or the paradox of the heap. At one point, the original is turned into something different. At exactly which point does this change occur? Obviously, such an exact boundary cannot be located.

A photo steps beyond this boundary abruptly and obtains an entirely different meaning from the original. I would like to see what happens in the meantime, how the transformation takes place and what it is like. I would like to locate and show the transformation, as well as the way that the meaning of forms and lines changes. To be able to achieve this, I must make my photos as simple as possible by eliminating any redundant elements. This is the reason why I only use the most essential elements in my photographs.


About the Artists

1978 Nagykanizsa, Hungary

While Anikó Robitz uses photography as a medium, her works can be appropriately understood from the visual vantage point of fine arts. Her works can be approached with ease by those who are familiar with the novel visual vocabulary of form developed in the 20th century, which can be linked primarily to abstraction, Suprematism and Minimalism, i.e.,signalling a departure from anthropocentric representation. It is a departure from all that fine art photography, addressing a main stream public with its own genres – such as landscape, still-life, genre, portrait and nude photography, etc. – all stemming from the classification of genres or approaches pertaining to traditional art forms, with their history being linked to the once-unified world view.

Even though Robitz’s photos may seem to suggest at first glance that the artist is a studio photographer, the world of her works is by no means a constructed, staged world. Only the framing of the scene by the camera shows the characteristics of construction, whereas the dramatic sujet occurs out there in real life. In order for the artist to find her true field of work, she sets out – or rather takes a plane – in the manner of so many thousands of tourists, who incessantly record billions of shots, tainting the last remaining virgin spots in the world. In some sense, Robitz is also a tourist; she joins the endless row of travellers, but she is interested in something that only she is able to notice on this planet when seeing the world-famous sights. This is what makes her work unique. In addition, instead of interpreting reality as the majority of photographers do, she creates a new world out of the hidden features of the existing world. She discovers the visible in the invisible, and makes the unknown known, because she has a key that no one else possesses.

After this brief introduction, it goes without saying that Robitz’s compositions are free from any posterior, artificial intervention; her photographs are original and unmanipulated digital shots. Each of the shown images reflects original situations, the moment’s arrest, where the artist fully respects that which she has come to recognise. Robitz teaches us a type of refined visual sensitivity, in order to make us feel free to leave our familiar ways and venture into new fields, beyond the conditioned limits of perception and approach. You can always find new trails to be dauntlessly followed towards the unknown, and the discovered unknown will reflect your soul, together with everything that has been recorded in it since you were born. You only need a few images to help you realise it and stir the buried dimensions of your existence, lying dormant in the cosmic memory inherited from our ancestors.

Anikó Robitz has introduced a new mode of vision, a novel sensibility into the vein of contemporary Hungarian photography, which stems from the experience of the most beautiful poetic and linguistic developments of the past century, the modernist tradition. Without a sense of orthodoxy, she views this tradition as a living practice never seeking to settle, but always in quest for what is new, fresh, surprising and unusual. She has faith in it, yet she does not confine herself to any of its dogmatic tenets. The way is always open and never boisterous. This way is silently intimate.


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Photon Gallery was established in 2003 in order to present and promote the artists from the Central and especially Southeast Europe, who are in particular engaged in the field of contemporary art photography. Special attention is paid to the international activity of the Photon Gallery. Therefore it established program collaboration with some of European pho...

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