Curator of the Exhibition: Zsófia Somogyi
Ildi Hermann belongs to the youngest generation of Hungarian photographers – and this is discernible in her works: we generally see in her photos seemingly spontaneous, natural scenes and details from the reality at hand that has been recorded. At the same time, it is precisely this clear vision that gives rise to an accord between the photographed objects, people and milieux in which the invisible, unnoticed beauty and strangeness of the everyday – of their own existence – come to the fore.
The Dorottya Gallery presents Hermann’s latest photo series, Weekend.
“In the 1960 and 70s, summer cottages were buildings that could be constructed with simple technology, in a short time and of cheap, easily obtainable materials, or even selected as types from a catalogue. With my series, I aim to evoke the past with the aid of objects, clothing, photographs and “customs” found in the holiday-makers and their bungalows; and to document the attitude towards life that has been forgotten here, which casts our days in a different light, and within an entirely different reason for existence than previously.
“On the one hand, this photo series endeavours to present the uniform architectural style of the 1960s and 70s, as well as the edifices diversified through alterations necessitated by new demands – i.e., the cottages, and on the other hand, to show people living through social transformation, and who have acquired this attitude towards life as their legacy, and who spend every weekend from spring until autumn here: in their holiday cottages.”