The power of found images

Sat Apr 06 2024 at 06:00 pm

CEU Open Gallery, 1051 Budapest Nádor 11. | Budapest

British Council Hungary
Publisher/HostBritish Council Hungary
The power of found images
Two artists, two different approaches to found images and archives.
Divine Southgate-Smith (1995) is a London-based Togolese-British transdisciplinary artist, who explores the poetic potency of archival imagery, using the archive as a point of departure. Southgate-Smith's collage-based works combine photographic, musical, and literary references, capturing fragments of black experiences with a multi-sensory resonance. Southgate-Smith utilizes collage, photography, and mixed media to redefine boundaries between memory and imagination. Her/their focus is on exploring the potentiality of archival images beyond their surface representation, achieved through the exploration of collage as a tool for reconfiguring archival narratives.
Szabolcs Barakonyi (1976) is a photographer who lives and works in Budapest. He worked as the head of the old photo section and as a staff member at Telex. He has exhibited his photos in several cities around the world, at photo festivals and art fairs and in museums. In 2023 he completed his studies at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts Doctoral School, and the nature of archives as well as their contemporary use and approach were parts of his research. He was the art director of Fortepan Masters, a photo book released in 2021. It contains a selection of photos from the most remarkable Hungarian private photo archive, the Fortepan. While selecting the 333 pictures from the online archive of 150 thousand photos, he focused exclusively on the inner values of the photographs. The images in this publication are not based on narratives and do not follow a thematic or chronological system, but rather the fine art and visual aspects dominated the selection and arrangement. He believes that Fortepan is a collective memory’s imprint of the 20th century.
The discussion will be about the usage of archival images in artistic practice, about revealing invisible narratives through archives and the power of fictional storytelling through these images.
Moderator: Krisztián Gábor Török, curator
The language of the event is English. Free admission.
The event is organised by the British Council and the CEU Open Gallery, and it is part of the Budapest Photo Festival 2024.
Photo credit (Szabolcs Barakonyi's photo): Balázs Fromm

Event Venue & Nearby Stays

CEU Open Gallery, 1051 Budapest Nádor 11., Nádor utca 11, Budapest 1051, Magyarország,Budapest, Hungary

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