Church photograms at the Reformed Theological Academy of Sárospatak(SRTA)

Andrea Fórián, a member of the Hungarian Photographic Society of the Carpathian Basin and the Euro Foto Art International Association, opened her solo exhibition entitled Church Photograms on Wednesday 15 November at the Zsibongó Gallery of the Reformed Theological Academy in Sárospatak. The exhibition is open until 31 January 2024.

The opening of the exhibition was part of SRTA’s Celebration of Science afternoon, where the audience could listen to interesting and valuable presentations on the theme of Pastors – in the passing of time.

The artist himself is a student of SRTA’s Master’s program in Community Organizing, who was welcomed by Dr. Zsolt Károly Nagy, professor, anthropologist, reformed pastor, who is also a photographer with several exhibitions behind him.

When judging the photos, he said that the name photogram comes from László Moholy-Nagy, who called pictures taken without a camera or with the camera switched off. The technique was popular in the avant-garde art of the 1920s, when the shadow of an object placed in front of a light-sensitive surface was captured. “And even though Andrea didn’t take her pictures with the camera off, she still captured the details, the play of light and shadow, to give us a print of the churches. It has everything you need to feel where you are.”

The exhibition of church photograms from churches in Partium and Transylvania, entitled Church Photograms, has already had five exhibitions in recent years, and its special feature is that each picture is accompanied by a psalm verse, and as the artist put it, “the pictures have found the verse that belongs to them.”

The musical moment was provided by violist Sándor József Thurzó at the beginning of the opening: Béla Bartók’s Evening at the Szeklers.

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