Acts of Cassandra by Domonkos Varga
„Utopias are far more obtainable than those “realist politics”, which are solely office heads’ carefully calculated politics, and it’s towards these utopias that we are moving towards. But it is possible that another era has already begun, an era in which cultured and intelligent people will dream ways to avoid ideal states and to come back to a less “perfect” and freer society.”
Domonkos Varga (b. 1998) is a photographer and conceptual artist based in Budapest. His work portrays the influential elements of the world around him and his generation. Simultaneously, he also has the will to make an impact on people by drawing attention to problematic social issues. His projects are always featuring a well-researched background from which he constructs visual metaphors and builds up meaningful narratives. He studied Photography at Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design (Budapest) and Aalto University School of Arts and Design (Helsinki). He is a Parallel Photo Platform 3rd cycle artist and also a member of Studio of Young Photographers (FFS in Budapest).
I’m afraid of the road our society is going.
Growing up in the 2000’s my life was highly influenced by the advancement of technology and shifting consequences of innovations. I’m living in an era where information is highly accessible but people still can not differentiate facts from fiction, I feel an urge to find my truth.
And I do my observations through my images.
My process insist of constant research and making visual poetry. I build up photographic installations with a fictional narratives to illustrate my thoughts, expectations and hopes with the help of symbolical image-making.
Orwell once said “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”.
I truly believe, that the concept of post-truth should not be associated only with politics, as it is rather an unusual form of story-telling. I find post-truth an opportunity to communicate a personal plot based on curated scientific references.
Its power relies on the common capability of humans which is creating fictional and intersubjective states.
I strive to open a dialogue related to the topic of our rapidly changing social environment. I am addressing questions on various contemporary issues from the shortcomings of techno-optimism to the broad changes in our overall social mentality and self-awareness. In order to shed light on phenomena, trends and other invisible notions, I blend different genres of photography.
The flow of my photographs diffuse into harmony and compose atmospheres loaded with hidden references and metaphorical motifs. The uncanny feeling of unknown and impenetrable what drives my photographic journey.
Photography for me is the path of understanding and finding identity.