Portraits Without Faces 2020
A juried group international exhibition of contemporary photography
55 Ráday St.
July 2 – 25, 2020
Online Opening Reception:
July 2, 2020
7:00 P.M. CEST (UTC+2)
Exhibited Work: Short Walk, Long Night
Portraiture emerged as one of the most prominent genres of depictive media early in the history of the visual arts; tacit or explicit rules, conventions and cultural expectations have always influenced the ways in which artists approached the genre. Photography is no exception. Numerous different and characteristic styles of portraiture emerged throughout the history of the medium. We usually assume that faces are necessary components of portraiture; we may, however, learn just as much about the character, the personality of a person by looking at images that depict other parts of their bodies, show us the objects or places associated with them. Not focusing on the face may open up a new dimension of interpretation. “Portraits Without Faces” is dedicated to this challenging divergence from the more conventional approaches to the genre.
PH21 Gallery is a contemporary exhibition space established in 2012 in Budapest, Hungary. The gallery curates open group and solo exhibitions for contemporary photographers around the world, both emerging and established. Our main exhibition space is located in one of the most exciting and lively neighbourhoods in the centre of Budapest, at 55 Ráday St. The PH21 Gallery Project Room, a second space just across the street, opened in January 2019 at 52 Ráday St. PH21's Project Room programmes are supported by the Local Government of Ferencváros District (Budapest Főváros IX. Kerület Ferencváros Önkormányzata).
Curator & Juror of AWARDS
Zsolt is a philosopher of art and photographer. He currently serves as dean of the Faculty of Art and Creative Industries of the Budapest Metropolitan University, and visits the University of Murcia, Spain for regular research collaboration. He has conducted research and taught philosophy of art and photography courses at various universities in Hungary, the United States, Spain and Argentina, and has exhibited his photographic work internationally. Zsolt is also the founder and director of PH21 Gallery.