At first instance, when I hear something specifically labelled as ‘women’ I immediately start wondering whether it is another radical feminist approach to a certain sphere of life to highlight men-women difference (they say it is power). Well, thank God (or rather Fábián Évi), this project is amazing and has nothing to do with any personal political perspective.
Hosted in the classicist building of our national library up in the Buda Castle, Women in Hungary vol. 2 is a portrait-series taken by Fábián Évi, a young photographer from Hungary. She says (and I think she is right) that we have seen hundreds of portraits about successful men - businessmen, sportsmen, lawyers, whatever - but such series about women are not very common unless its about beauty. Therefore, it was - wisely - high time picture successful women and show it to us.
What we can see: musicians, doctors, politicians, the first woman rabbi, the actress of the nation, etc. It was up to the ‘models’ to have or not to have make-up, however the pictures are exposed without any retouch. The point is - of course - to realise their beauty which not only lies in their appearance but their character, their work, their way of life. The result is marvellous: you can see nearly one hundred women as they are (in reality): they are not thinner by 10kg no matter what, surprisingly they do have wrinkles above 30 and they do have embarrassing clothes, Gryllus Dorka even posed in pyjamas. Gorgeous to see they are human as well. Attached to each portrait, there is a paragraph about the person in question - why it is worth to note her name - and also a personal quote.
The message of the exhibition is clear, Fábián Évi modestly raised her voice for something important and highlighted what we do not know but should take into account. I must tell you an example whose case is quite close to my heart as I was literally unable to understand the point in the vivisection of Geréb Ágnes - her story is explained in 3 sentences with shocking numbers and ends with half a sentence: ‘21st century…’
Perhaps this is when we say less is more: the exhibition is simple (in a good way for sure), clear and determined. Open until 12nd of July.