Anna Szigethy: Dead Nature
Klauzál13 Gallery
1072 Budapest
Klauzál tér 13.
14 October – 14 November 2022

6 PM, 14 October 2022
Opening speech by:
Lili Boros
Anna Szigethy, Budapest, 2021, digital print on lustre paper, 60 x 40 cm

The exhibited photo series shows plastic bottles and boxes used in a household of one over a period of almost three years. When they become empty, we might try to find a new function for these objects, but there comes a point when there are too many of them around, and then you chuck them, with some remorse, into the appropriate recycling bin. Driven by this remorse, I started to collect them and decided to try and transform them; change their worthless but immensely harmful nature; or at least draw attention to the mountains of plastic growing unnoticed around us.

I photographed them in various studio or home settings, in the manner of classical painted still-lifes, as if they were valuable objects, and the plastic now blends in (as if it were a thing of value), now sticks out alarmingly, separate from the other objects and fruits.

I painted them a uniform grey: this caused them to lose their specific meaning, their original use, and made the interesting solutions in form, the various differences between them, all the more conspicuous.