Krisztina Erdei’s documentary-style photographs evoke a constellation of qualities or moods. They are certainly quirky and humorous but often also insolent, stirring, poetic or simply bewildering. Signs of westernisation and globalisation are everywhere in her work, which spans numerous communities across the Ukraine, Lithuania, Kosovo and her native Hungary. Investigating the spirit of the contemporary, her work also resonates with ghosts of the past, providing a glimpse into the shifting circumstances of this part of the world.
Erdei’s work celebrates the unexpected and the incongruous; as a practitioner, she captures the humour and absurdity in the everyday. Her talent lies in creating a feeling of the stumbled upon or the lucky snapshot. In this public talk, Erdei will shed light on her practice and examine the accidental as a photographic methodology.
Erdei is a founding member of the Lumen Photography Foundation, created in 2002 to nurturean experimental, international platform for photographic art in Hungary. Her solo exhibitionsinclude ‘Antiglamour’, Godot Galéria, Budapest (2011); ‘Lack’, VízuM – Contemporary Art Institute of Miskolc (2010); and ‘Formalities’, Le Volume, Vern-sur-Seiche (2009). Erdei’s work has been included in group exhibitions at La Fabrique, Montrouge (2012); Contretype, Brussels (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2010); Prague Biennale 4 (2009); and Korean Foundation Cultural Center, Seoul (2007). In 2010, Erdei was shortlisted for the 7th BMW–Paris Photo Prize.
Presented in association with the Australian Centre for Photography.
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