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Born in Szeged (Hungary) and presently living in Budapest, Krisztina Erdei graduated from the School of Philosophy and the School of Political Studies at the University of Szeged, and also studied film theory and visual education at Loránd Eötvös University (Budapest). A founding member of Lumen Photography Foundation (www.photolumen.hu)  and Bagázs Association (http://bagazs.org/en)

Lord Byron wrote the truth is stranger than fiction; Frank Zappa that absurdity is the only reality. Hungarian photographer Krisztina Erdei could be a disciple of both propositions, with her idiosyncratic photogographsthat render the real absurd and the absurd real. Throughout her work there is a sense of the private made public, yet with a humility and familiarity that remains distinct from pure voyeurism. A graduate of philosophy and political studies, Erdei’s social curiosity informs her wide choice of subject matter – an incredible cast of people, places and things populate her frame. But rather than be defined by their content, her photographs evoke a constellation of qualities or moods. They are certainly quirky and humorous but often also insolent, stirring, poetic or simply bewildering. What are we to make of this mountain of crucifixes or the juxtaposition of a roadside llama, a box of peaches and a small boy with wings?
It is clear that Erdei seeks to understand the world through imagery, and she brings a natural eye to her work. Her visual questions are tantalising, allowing us to delight in unexpected relationships and the attention she pays to the ordinarily overlooked. Whether the scenarios in her photographs are real or fabricated, Erdei’s talent lies in creating a feeling of the stumbled upon, the spur of the moment, the lucky snapshot. Her aesthetic resonates with the charm of a spontaneous spirit. What we see is not the action of a refined, meticulous hand, but a visceral, almost clumsy, haphazard look through the viewfinder. Indeed, the artist talks of the camera as an extension of her body.
Digital photography is deeply imbedded in our contemporary engagement with visual culture, affecting the way we produce and digest images. Erdei spent time working in a photography lab developing prints in mass quantities, and her practice is both indicative of and a response to this status quo of speed and disposability. Signs of westernization and globalisation are everywhere in her work, which spans numerous communities across the evolving countries of the Ukraine, Lithuania, Kosovo, and her native Hungary.
Juliana Engberg

 

Selected exhibitions and grants:

2016

Recycled Architecture, Krisztina Erdei, Péter Puklus, Andi Schmied and Lilla Szász, Trapéz Gallery, Budapest

Pécsi 25, Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest

Kihült Menza, Public cooking and eating, Degrowth Conference, Budapest

Hope Chest, Österreich Institut Budapest

2015

Subjective Female Documentalists, Galeria Arsenał, Poland

Temporary Refuge, Liget Gallery, Budapest

Ex & Post – Eastern Europe Under the Lens, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, Australia

2014

The 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, Australia

Power & Play, De Markten Brussels, Belgium

Express Yourself –A mi Holokausztunk, Studo Gallery, Budapest

Le cocon familial, Institute Hongrois, Paris, France

2013

The JCE / Jeune Création Européenne, Amarante, Portugal

Art Factory 2013, Catania, Italy

Tranzit.hu, Catalyst Award, MOTOR category

Present Continous, Mai Mano House of Photography, Budapest, Hungary

Present ContinousGodot Gallery , Month of Photography Bratislava, Slovakia

Grant of National Cultural Fund_2013

2012  

Jeune Creation Europeenne Residency Program, MONTROUGE at JCE ATELIER

Umago#1 / New Photography From Hungary, Month of Photography, Adlerhof, Vienna           

Antiglamour – Godot Gallery, Budapest

CURATORS’ NETWORK / CRITICAL TINKERING, Ludwig Museum, Budapest

„Diósor“ – Verzó online gallery, http://www.maimano.hu/verzo

 

2011.

The JCE / Jeune Création Européenne, Montrouge, France (group)
“New life, new document” – Photofestival, Braga, Portugal (group)
Reconstructions, Brussels Contretype, Contemporary Photographic Art Centre (group)
FIKA – Fiatal Kortárs Állásfoglalások, Pécs
Einsichten. Ansichten. Ungarn 2011, Galerie der Botschaft, Berlin, Germany (group)
INSTANT, Contemporary Art Institute of  Miskolc (M.ICA), Miskolc, Hungary (group)

2010.

“Rephoto” – Le Grand Magasin, Trafo Gallery, Budapest (group)
“New life, new document” –  Warsaw, Poland (group)
LABOR OST (‘LAB EAST’) – a presentation of young CEE photography, Zurich, Switzerland (group)
LIVE SYNC. – Contemporary Photography from Hungary, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China (group)
Lack, VízuM  – Contemporary Art Institute of  Miskolc (M.ICA), Miskolc, Hungary (solo

2010.

“Rephoto” – Le Grand Magasin, Trafo Gallery, Budapest (group)
“New life, new document” – Central European House of Photography,
Warsaw, Poland (group)
LABOR OST (‘LAB EAST’) – a presentation of young CEE photography, Zurich, Switzerland (group)
LIVE SYNC. – Contemporary Photography from Hungary, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China (group)
Lack, VízuM  – Contemporary Art Institute of  Miskolc (M.ICA), Miskolc, Hungary (solo)

2009.

“Formaságok” –  Vern sur Seiche, France (solo)
“Regardez-moi – I’m back!” –  l’espace Immanence, Paris, France (group)
“Formaságok” –  Studió Galéria, Budapest (group)
“Exclusions, 2009” – Dunaújvárosi Fotóbiennále (group)
“Formaságok” – Mythologies, Dieppe, France (solo)
“Formalities” – PRAGUE BIENNALE 4, 2009 (group)
“Model” – Galeria mLodzi, Fotofestiwal 2009, Poland (group)
“Mezei Kirekesztés / Ordinary Exclusions, 2009”- Trafó galéria, Budapest (group)
“Formaságok” – Godot Gallery, Budapest (solo)
“New life, new document” – Central European House of Photography,
Bratislava, Slovakia (group)

2008.

“Formalities”, Atelierfrankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (group)
“Formaságok” – Les Estivales du Tregor, Lannion – Bretagne, France (solo)
“Model” . Lumen Gallery, Budapest (solo)

2007.

II. International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
“Unknown Capitals”, Seoul, Korea

2006.

“Hungary Today”, Berlin, Germany
Exhibition of József Pécsi Grant of Art Photography Holders, Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest, Hungary
“Unknown Capitals”, Paris, France

2005.

Fotofestiwal 2005, Lodz, Poland
NE(a)T – women on women, Kogart House, Budapest
PHOTONIC MOMENT, Galerija Photon, Ljubljana, Slovenia
“Hungary Today”, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2004.

“One day in Budapest”, Millenáris Center, Budapest
“After Budapest”, Dokumentum 6 – The Reality strikes Back, Hungarian House of Photography
“Hungarocell”, Lumen Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Grants:

2010.

The BMW – Paris Photo Prize short-listed artist

2009.

Grant of National Cultural Fund – Essay about the alternative ways of life Dunaújvárosi Fotóbiennálé 2009, Grant of LUX Gallery

2008.

Sittcomm Award 2008, Finalist

2009.

Grant of National Cultural Fund – Essay about the alternative ways of life Dunaújvárosi Fotóbiennálé 2009, Grant of LUX Gallery

2004 – 2006

József Pécsi Grant of Art Photography (3 years)

2005.

Rencontres d’ ARLES 2005 Arles, France, Patrick le Bescont Workshop

2001.

Summer Photo School 2001, Poprad, Slovakia