aug. 23., Sze|
BLUE MEMOIR | ZOLTAI András
The global environmental changes of our time have not spared Hungary. If current climate trends persist, by the end of the century, desertification will cover up the famous agricultural lands on two-thirds of Hungary.
Time & Location
2023. aug. 23. 18:00 – 2023. szept. 12. 18:00
Budapest, Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 67, 1061 Hungary
About the Event
András Zoltai's photo essay, 'Blue Memoir,' focuses on this pressing issue. As a first step, in 2020, he traveled to Majuli (India), the largest river island in the world, to observe and capture the fragile relationship of the communities living in the island's floodplains with the river.
He then returns to the landscape of his childhood, to the town of Szentes along the Tisza river, and explores the Great Hungarian Plain.
Zoltai also brings to life the visible and invisible presence of water and the changes that arise from its absence. He showcases this not only in the context of nature but also examines its impact on society, the functioning of small communities, and individual lives. In his intuitive photographic essay, he primarily focuses on the relationship between humans and water through images that sometimes become metaphors. The lessons it teaches us are, in fact, relevant to all of us. (Csizek Gabriella Csizek, Curator of Robert Capa Center) The exhibition will be opened by Péter Balogh, geographer, President of the Alliance for the Living Tisza Association.
András Zoltai  is a freelance documentary and commercial photographer.
His photographic approach has been shaped by the fragility of human identity and the associated social and environmental topics. His long-term documentary approach combines journalistic and conceptual practices.
His works have been published in numerous domestic and international media (Society, Le Monde, M Mag, Libération, Courrier International, El País, La Repubblica, Coda Story, De Volkskrant), and he has received several prestigious awards and scholarships. He is a two-time recipient of the József Pécsi Photography Grant and a talent of the European FUTURES platform. In 2023, he was nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and participated in the Dutch NOOR Photo Agency's 'Visualizing Climate Crisis' masterclass.
The photo essay featured in this exhibition was realized within the framework of the Pécsi József Photography Scholarship, with the support of the Ministry of Human Resources.