– AN ART CAPITAL EXHIBITION –
Similarly to several of her previous exhibitions, Anna Szigethy’s work entitled Shots of the Outskirts investigates the relationship between the built environment and human beings. It focuses on featureless places, where nature is supplanted by human intervention, and space is determined by function. The powerful horizontal representation turns the photo into a landscape. The attitude of people to this landscape – their desire to travel, spend time there, experience and discover it, walk there and leave it – seems to be uninterpretable.
Yet the hall, the fence, the car park, the platform, the block of warehouses and impersonal public squares get a new meaning. Due to the collage of shots resembling a film reel, the distant temporal and spatial moments necessarily make up a story in time, the narrative of which is determined by the dynamics and relationships of the appearing human figures. The images dominated by the built environment also evoke monotony and permanence by aligning recurring and hardly changing scenes.
Zsófia Júlia Szilágyi
“The work is based on a series of photos taken in another place close to my heart: I returned to Ile-de-France, where I took my first series presenting empty no places. As opposed to the built environment, my point of view had changed a lot: I was not only interested in deterrent, dull, stereotypical city squares that can be found in the outskirts of every city in which we can get lost, but also the people appearing in the cities, their gestures and intimacy. The objective focused on people living, going through and roaming in cities, women, men and families, observing them from a certain distance.
[…] Human beings and occasionally intimacy appear in thus far startling (inhumane and uninhabited) spaces, which definitely turns the black & white, sometimes sinister, homeless or mysterious photos humane.