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Interview

Adél Koleszár: "My main inspiration comes from observing human behaviors and cultures"

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Futures Photography
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January 2, 2020
Adél Koleszár (b. 1986) is an artist from Hungary, selected for Futures by the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center. In the past years, she has been working and living in Mexico, where she works with the aim of completing her visual research on human violence.

“My main inspiration comes from observing human behaviors and cultures, hardships, like poverty, violence, and isolation,” she explains.

In this interview, Adél talks about her inspirations and career:

The documentary photographer Adam Broomberg mentored five Futures Talents over the three months running up to Unseen Amsterdam 2019
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Can you explain us a little bit about your inspirations? What are the main themes in your practice?

My main inspiration comes from observing human behaviors and cultures, hardships, like poverty, violence, isolation. How they can leave trace in the society and what sort of cultural movements it creates. How people respond through religion, gathering together and so on.

How do you see your relationship with photography? How do you deal with this medium to express your art?

The visual language attracts me a lot as an artist, how is it possible to transform the reality into something I wish to transmit as a message. It’s incredible playing with light, flash, even in the weirdest circumstances.

Can you tell us a bit more about the projects that you have been working with?

In the past years, most of my projects have been developed in Mexico where I arrived with an artist residency program. The society there is pretty fascinating, also how the turmoil of violence creates very alternative ways to cope with such circumstances.

How has been the experience of being a talent selected for Futures? How can Futures help with your career?

It was a great experience and still it is, as I’ve been able to meet such professionals, writers, curators, photographers. I really look up on it, also the online tutoring went pretty well.

Do you have any new plans for the future?

Yes, I’d like to catch up on a bit less heavy topics as well, also working more in Europe.

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