Ata Kandó: Seeing Refuge. Ata Kandó’s child portraits from 1956
PaperLab Gallery - Mai Mano House
1065 Budapest
Nagymező utca 20.
07 September – 16 October 2022

Opening speech by:
Ata Kandó: Portrait of a Young Boy, from the 1956 Refugees series, Hungary, 1956, gelatin silver pint, 20 x 25 cm

Ata Kandó, who had been living in the Netherlands for several years, travelled to the Austrian-Hungarian border after the 1956 revolution to report on the crowds fleeing the country. Her sensitive portraits, mainly of children, are important documents of the experiences of the refugees who left their homeland behind. He was accompanied on his journey by his Dutch photographer friend Violette Cornelius, and the two published an album of the photos taken there. The so-called “untitled RED BOOK” sold out in two months and all the proceeds were donated to the families in need. Their work is extremely important in remembering the 1956 revolution and documenting the plight of Hungarian refugees at the time.

Curator: Kereszty Anna