RECESS IVHe turned: from the world inside himself, into the silence. Distorted: from the world - stooping inside himself, in silence. For a moment there was silence and time. Fractured, deflected. Angry, offending and loving, his body supported, then repudiated - again and again returning into his solitude, where he is not alone. Maybe he is not alone. Pictures about returning and turning away, about consistency, existence, about him and about another, the other- about what you or maybe someone else calls lif. Illuminated internal existence- invisible colours, veiled faces, exposed body. Temporary solace. Silence, space, recess.
Antal was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania from where he moved to Budapest because of the lack of professional opportunities. In Budapest he graduated from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, finishing his studies in photography. He also had the chance to study in Paris at the School of Images Gobelins.
During his photography which has spanned more than ten years, he has experimented with numerous genres. The first years were spent searching for his own path, but for the last 2-3 years, it seems that he has found his way. My interest revolves around social issues and social phenomena, mostly based on the current situation in Romania. While he focuses on one specific country and cultural background, he is certain that it might appeal to a more universal context as well. In his new series, he was engaged in questions regarding Romanian national identity, religion, collective memory, and also some aspects of cultural and social homogeneity. “What I consider essential in my work is that I leave questions open offering the beholder multi-perspectivity in interpretation, my aim being to reject any kind of polarization.”
Photography for Antal functions as a means of research, through which he finds new challenges. He believes there is beauty in the way he relays his questions through his work promoting his audience to ask their own. Photography is about sharing impulses, impressions, thoughts and questions in an open format.