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1. 6. 2005

Form and Nonform

Zsolt Gunther
A selection of Central European Photography of Architecture, 6 countries / 60 panels. An exhibition organized by Platform Culture Central Europe. Form and nonform traces the relationship between buildings and their environment in the Central European region by means of photography. Each exhibiting country has chosen two photographers, who have contributed in a very personal manner as for the selection of the buildings and as for the way of recording their architecture.

Architecture represents a very special visible manifestation of our life-style. Architectural knowledge, the planning methods and its instruments are global. Architecture is, however, bound to its site. It is in the intersection of global knowledge and local characteristics where the contemporary and place-bound, unmistakable spatial event takes place.

Sometimes we consider the attitude of architecture in terms of its environment, other times we examine its surroundings in terms of the building itself. No building exists which is not under the influence of its environment, just as there is no environment which does not reflect the given attitudes of buildings. One reveals the other and vice versa.

Buildings can be fully perceived only in their physical presence. An exhibition may attempt to present architectural spaces through mediums of transmission. Nevertheless, this is a kind of alienation as photography approaches architecture through a subjective filter: spatiality, fragrance and textures are partly lost, while the impact of other factors grows stronger. The selected, non-traditional picture-format means a further filter: the cutting of the images increases the feeling of alienation, but other aspects of reality are accentuated. With the second cutting, it is my intention to attempt to reflect the characteristics recorded through the first filter, thus rendering the relationship of architecture and its surroundings more complete.



Concept/design of the exhibition and catalogue:
Zsolt Gunther and Viktor Pósa / Hungary

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Exhibiting photographers: Hertha Hurnaus, Ignacio Martinez (Austria), Ester Havlova, Filip Slapal (Czech Republic), Enikõ Budai, Gábor Máté (Hungary), Juliusz Sokolowski, Marcin Czechowicz (Poland), Pavel Melus, Lubo Stacho (Slovakia), Blaž Budja, Miran Kambič (Slovenia)

Main curator: Zsolt Gunther (Hungary)

Curators: Margheritta Spiluttini (Austria), Jana Ticha (Czech Republic), Ewa P. Porebska (Poland), Martin Masek (Slovakia), Maja Ivanič (Slovenia)

Place of exhibition: Bâtiment Jean Monnet
Rue Alcide de Gasperi, L-2920 Luxembourg

Opening of the exhibition: Thursday, 2nd June, 2005 at 18.00
Open daily from 3rd June until 30th June
Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 – 12:00 and 14.00 – 18.00





Miran Kambič, 2004


Miran Kambič, 2004


Blaž Budja, 2003-2004


Blaž Budja, 2003





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