- 3 Jul 2020 10:31 AM
The images of Zsuzsanna Kemenesi’s exhibition Welcome fit neatly into the line of her work. Six years have passed since her last solo exhibition, and the photographs showcased here are the fruit of this period, the lyrical imprints of a reality captured in black and white.
As the motto of her exhibition, the author chose a piece from English folklore, which shows the principle of the butterfly effect in an actual causal system, alluding to the possible – although not necessarily cognizable – consequences hidden in the tiny fragments of reality captured in the images.
“For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe, the horse was lost.
For want of a horse, the rider was lost.
For want of a rider, the battle was lost.
For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”
The spaces depicted in the images are scenes of the author’s everyday life, but they are mostly related to her professional activity.
They show institutional spaces, homes to objects of the past, documents, as well as the arts. Thus, they are not so much presented in their physical form, but as symbolical spaces, extending the possible meanings.
“All my life I was involved in insignificant things. I can surely say that no other person has been involved in less significant things than I. I can say this with all certainty, in retrospect of all these years,” writes Zsuzsanna Kemenesi.
Still, we know that she is exactly the person who can understand the possible and actual effect of these “trifles,” and their apparent insignificance. Because the moment she notices and emphasizes these things among the myriad elements of reality, they gain significance and importance.
The interplay of the compositions and lights-artworks-objects-surfaces she finds could all be improperly fastened horseshoe-nails, in spite of all the harmony and beauty.
The exhibition can be visited free of charge
Every day 11 am – 7 pm
1065 Budapest, Nagymező u. 8.
Photo courtesy of the organisers / Kemenesi Zsuzsanna: Hommage a Barcsay Jenő