Truth is Stranger than Fiction, 2021
Truth is Stranger than Fiction explores the notions of truth, lies and propaganda during the cold war.
I worked with two different archival holdings from the Blinken Open Society Archives (Budapest, Hungary) for this project. The first archival holding is a series of 'field reports' from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Research Institute. These are reports collected through interviews with people from or who had access to communist Hungary during the 1950s. The second archival holding consists of amateur photographs from the 1980s. These photographs were discarded by the Hungarian state photographic development company, Főfoto , for technical or political reasons.
Truth is Stranger than Fiction also exists in the format of the artist's book. The book has a circular structure and offers a non-linear narrative. Two key features characterise the book: "surrealist" texts depict the harshness of daily life when Hungarian communism was at sunrise, while colour photographs are a prelude to its sunset.
Through arrhythmia, I seek to break the reading cadence to question the illustrative function that we assign to the photograph and highlight the ambiguity of the fictitious relationship between image and text.
The research phase of this project was supported through a Visegrad scholarship. I examined 10.000 photographs from Private Photo and Film Foundation (HU OSA 320) and 3500 information items (field reports) from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute ( OSA - HU OSA 300-1-2-1).
The book was shortlisted for the VI Fiebre Dummy Award and could be consulted online: