Exhibition


2B Gallery

Critique and Nostalgy / Vizafogó 1968

​Endre Kovács’ series consists of “pictures found” and while it is part of the photo collection “Amnesia temporis”, as such it has a life of its own. the cycle consisting of 52 photos presents a day in the life of a Gypsy family living by the Rákos stream, using a viewpoint that greatly differs from the representation of the Roma characteristic of the era.

Endre Kovács’ series consists of “pictures found” and while it is part of the photo collection “Amnesia temporis”, as such it has a life of its own. the cycle consisting of 52 photos presents a day in the life of a Gypsy family living by the Rákos stream, using a viewpoint that greatly differs from the representation of the Roma characteristic of the era.

Similarly to László Moholy-Nagy’s 1932 film, Urban gypsies/Nagyvárosi cigányok, Vizafogó 1968 reflects on the relationship between the image of nomadism and artistic identity of the era. The photo series – which existed alongside the era’s socio-photographic schools but still remained invisible for the contemporaries – stands out in both its contemporary and the current visual environment.

Endre Kovács, accompanied by his artist friends (Péter Breznyik and László Kovács), visited Vizafogó our of personal interest, to document the life of a family living in poor and unusual circumstances, by the foot of  factories or barracks. Despite the obviously difficult conditions, people in the pictures appear jovial and congenial in the presence of the photographer equipped with his camera, although their gestures do not reflect the exaggerated optimism promoted in the er’s propaganda.

The material contains many pictures that could well fit into the private photo collection of the Roma Community Center in the nearby Újpest. We could look at the exhibition’s pictures as the missing parts of the archives of local Roma families belonging to different social groups (musician, nail smith, merchant), because those living in similar circumstances hardly had the chance to have visual documentation. The exhibited material is framed by a personal story that is intended to represent the critical and emotional aspects of the controversial position of researcher-curator.

Organising institution: 2B

Further information:
Endre Kovács was born in 1947, in Budapesten.He lives and works in Alsóörs.
http://kovacsendre.hu/viza/index.html