The Yellow Star Houses of Budapest
As a photographer who holds that the ’cartographic’ map is only as the last photograph taken, his current exhibition The Yellow Star Houses of Budapest is geared to both freeze the past historic moment in time and to open it up to possible present and future remapping and disputable interpretations. The Belfast poet Ciaran Carson says of photographic maps “todays plan is already yesterday – the streets that where there are gone,” but this body of work reveals architecture and houses that still remain in the historic memory bank. These photographs map a current interpretation of a significant historical moment in the history of the Hungarian Capital, the map drawn in these photographs is a highly selected part of a vast urban labyrinth of almost 2000 apartment blocks that created, by the government decree, these ‘dispersed ghettos’ in June 1944. Commenting on this photographic cartography Dr Gwen Jones of the Open Society Archives in Budapest states; “where barely any archival images of visible clues remain, what visual languages are available to portray acts of unspeakable, organized violence carried out against a large section of the community in a major modern metropolis? How can we read and understand the afterlife of atrocity in the contemporary urban environment? These photographs provide one answer to these questions. They allow us to picture the human lives and deaths that these yellow-star house doors conceal.”
About the Artist:
Nigel Swann was born in Ireland 1962 he studied at the National College of Art and Design Dublin. Graduating in 1985 with a degree in Fine Art Sculpture he the worked in photography based industries in London. He Returned to Ireland in 1997 to found the photographic production company Swann Production (swannproduction.com) which entices and facilities international photographic ‘shoots’ into the country. His current photographic archive covers countries such as Japan, Sri Lanka, Portugal, France and the Central European countries, Slovakia, Romania, Slovenia, with a specific and recent focus on Hungary.
The Yellow Star Houses of Budapest was exhibited at the Architectural Association 36 Bedford Sq. London WC1 in 2015 and recently at the Irish Architectural Archives 45 Merrion Sq Dublin 2.
Private View / Opening: Saturday, 11 November 2017, 18:00 to 20:00