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Berlin Bhf.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Consulate General of Hungary |  227 East 52nd Street
As part of the Hungarian Literature in Focus event
Reception to follow


Photographer Anna Tihanyi won a Lucie Award in 2014 in NYC, in no small part as a recognition for this exceptional series of staged photos. 10 images are paired with 10 selections, each by a different Hungarian writer, yet all about Berlin. The city that captured the imagination of David Bowie, Brian Eno and U2, to name but a few exceptional artists, has also attracted Hungarian writers across the decades. Anna Tihanyi approaches this love story between artist and city with style and insight. See the series on show for the first time in the United States.
Anna Tihanyi earned her MA in Communication from Szeged University with a thesis titled “Stills in Motion”. With several scholarships helping her, she devoted herself to photography and soon became a member of the Studio of Young Hungarian Art Photographers. Some of her early work was selected to become part of the permanent installation for the Youth Olympic Village in Innsbruck, Austria, and won her a NARS residency in New York, followed by the E.On Creative Award Residency in Berlin. Her series Berlin bhf. won 3rd prize at the European Month of Photography Festival in Ljubljana, Honorable Mention at the Moscow International Photo Awards, and debuted as a solo show at the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Budapest, Hungary. She has been selected to participate and exhibit the series at NordArt International Art Exhibition in Germany. Her portfolio was selected for the Lucie Award Scholarship by the American Photographic Artists and Lucie Foundation, was recognized at the gala awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall. In 2015, she was selected to exhibit at the 4th Biennale of Photography as one of the recepients of the 8th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, juried by Laura Noble, famed UK curator. She has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibition nationally and internationally. She is currently working on her next project “Character assassination” in Budapest, Hungary.

Anna Tihanyi on her series Berling bhf.:
Berlin bhf. was inspired by the Berlin experiences of Hungarian authors. I fragmented some of their works and created narratives reacting to them. The concepts are entirely rooted in my personal life, but through these I could position and enact Berlin as being a transitory state, a habitat of passengers, just as it had been a temporary home for these authors. Even though these writings are inspirational, text and image work together as a puzzle here. The scenes take places in different interiors of a fictive Berlin, showing feelings and relations through these moments of transitions. With the narrative capacity of photography I wanted to emphasize that the image is frozen and also expanded in time, with no before or after. Only this moment exists in the present with the permanent sensation of rootlessness and being outcast, as well as the desire to belong.

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