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Szilvia Bolla (1992, Budapest, Hungary) is a visual artist currently based in Budapest, Hungary. Within her practice, she explores the perceptual and ontological aspects of how objects and images relate, to challenge the viewer’s attention to expanded dimensions of color, materiality, and space. Thereby, her main focus is on the border segments of the photographic image. By investigating its representational and physical nature through experiments with the material and the immaterial, the borders between the visible and invisible begins to shift. Revealing the possibilities in abstract photography alongside the intersections between photo and sculpture, the core of her practice is particularly based on analog photographic techniques blended with digital UV printing and thermoformed plexiglass. By treating the photograph as a tactile medium, she attempts to create ‘photo-objects’ activated through dynamic installations and printing strategies. These techniques allow a play with digital photographic images in balance with chemical processes such as photosensitivity and color mixing. Her work thus offers an escape from bi-dimensional, wall-based photographic conventions, and navigates the viewer’s attention towards the fluidity of the medium - through an expanded and forward-thinking approach.
Think of the photograph as a transitory creature evolving from the objectifying nature of sensitive materials freezing the passings of photons. A process of luminous events continuously becoming and unbecoming objects. Seek this fluctuation within its presence. Deep within the complexity of its structure and continuity of movement, you find shimmering crystals animated by particles of luminescence and electricity. You discover that the photographic image is a present object among objects. Light is an object. An electron is an object. Temporarily, so is your body, seamlessly, still is mine. Correlating the same space-time. Temporarily forever. Such entities are to exist together just as apart from all relations. Aspire to explore the fragmentation of such relations. Both innate and external untouched. Aspire to apprehend then reconstruct each discrete fragment, each layer of microparticle. Avoid empty aesthetics and fruitless abstraction but seek autonomy and beauty. Imagine an ocean without a bottom, but with a turbulent, hyper-sensitive and reflective surface.
Education2019 MA Photography - Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, HU2016 BA Fine Art Photography First Class Honour - Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK
2017 I’m only showing what you want to see, LLPlatform, Budapest, HU2017 Safe Space, TOBE Gallery, Budapest, HU
Selected group exhibitions
2017 ViennaContemporary 2017, TOBE Gallery, AT2017 Art Market Budapest 2017, TOBE Gallery, HU2017 Next Level with Giorgia Castiglioni and Steven Gee, curated by Paola Pinna, Fiore Cao and Letizia Mari at Studi Festival, Milan, IT2016 1/1, TOBE Gallery, Budapest, HU2016 Sticking the Moon With Double Sided Tape with Billy Crosby, Matheline Marmy and Majda Vidakovic, curated by Marta Barina at Fotopub, SI2016 Fine Art Undergraduate Degree Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK2016 Interim Fine Art Photography, University of the Arts London, London, UK2016 Less Photography, More Photographic with Jure Kastelic, Reinis Lismanis, Scott Pattinson, Patrick Raimondi-Taylor and Duncan Wooldridge, curated by Marta Barina at SP3 Gallery, Treviso, IT2016 We Slept In The Same Room, The Doomed Gallery, London, UK2015 UNIT, Dilston Grove Gallery, London, UK2014 Grey Space Gallery, London, UK2014 Parallelism with Réka Kóti, Telep, Budapest, HU
Selected TextsUniversity of the Arts London - Reflections of the collapse of representation and abstraction in the resurgence of pre-mechanical photography - available upon requestiGNANT - Rose Quartz & SerenityFotopub 2016 CatalogYET Magazine - Sticking The Moon With Double Sided TapeATP Diary - Less Photography More PhotographicPhotography and Postinternet Languages