WITH CARE IV“With Care” is a series realized in Rosia Montana, a place known for its various natural sources nad its (gold) mine which already caused a great pollution of the surrounding area, but also, grotesquely, a spectacular view. The actual dilemma of Romanian people, which started more than ten years ago is whether to let this zone in its current state and to defend the villagers of Rosia Montana and even of the wider area from a much greater pollution as a result of a profit oriented corporation´s future plans, of to let them exploit the mine destroying an enormous surface of nature and civilization by using harmful and dangerous methods.
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.