War from the Victims’ Perspective - Photographs by Jean Mohr
November 12, 2014 - November 18, 2014

The exhibition addresses the issues of victims of conflicts, refugees and communities suffering from war and still under potential threat. It focuses on the emblematic cases of Palestine, Cyprus, and Africa. Focusing upon these three geographical regions it presents the problem of war victims in an historical setting classified by themes: “Portraits of Exile”, “The Children’s Diaspora”, “Temporary Landscapes”, and “Life Goes On”. These photographs render a face to the casualties and retrace the steps of their displacement, from their settlement in the precariousness of the camps and reception centers to their attempts to adapt to an enduring situation.

Jean Mohr is a Swiss documentary photographer active since 1949. More than 80 exhibitions worldwide have been dedicated to his work. He is an outstanding representative of...

1956-301-1989 - Prehistory to the 1989 Fall of Communism in Hungary
October 23, 2014

This exhibit approaches the Fall of Communism from a broad historical perspective that presents the pre-history of the highly-visible and well documented public events of 1989, using amateur photographs, Western and Hungarian propaganda newsreels, Radio Free Europe research publications, state security services surveillance documents, samizdat and opposition activists’ materials, as well as 1989-related ephemera from our collections.

It opens just prior to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the thwarted popular attempt to leave the Communist bloc, and the secret trial, execution and burial of the Revolution’s leaders in 1958. We show how the Revolution was documented from multiple perspectives, and how its memory was officially denied and suppressed in Hungary, before being mobilized again in the 1980s by the democratic...

The Most - The FKSE's Traditional Annual Exhibition, 2014 - Kovács Olívia - We Also Had
October 1, 2014 - October 19, 2014

The tradition of Studio of Young Artists’ annual exhibitions is practically as old as the Studio itself. The organization was created by the cultural political leaders in 1958, right after the '56 revolution. It was a major turning point in the Studio's history when, after the political changes in 1989, it was turned into an artists' association, an organizational framework that was established as a result of the social and legal changes of 1989. With very few exceptions and regardless of the actual political climate, the tradition of the annual exhibitions has been carried on for all these decades and it has been shaped by a curatorial approach since at least 1996.

Currently the Studio has approximately five hundred members, and the fact that artists may become senior members by the invitation of the board after they turn...

QR code - How Family Slides Become Public History
September 3, 2014

In the 1970s and 80s a father in Budapest thoroughly documented on film from birth to adulthood the life of his sons Gyuri and Attila. He converted all the photos into slides that could be projected for viewing. In meticulous handwriting, the father recorded the date of each frame to ensure the captured moments would remain well preserved in the family’s memory. Over time, however, technology changed and as the use of slides went out of fashion, the father decided to digitize the hundreds of pictures he had taken. Having lost their function, the original slides became superflous and were subsequently disposed of.

Decades later, in the early 2010s, Gergely Barcza, an architect and artist in Budapest became interested in photo slides. To save money, he decided not to purchase new slide frames for his work, but rather second hand...