Gábor Arion Kudász

DLA / photographer

At Saari, I will work together with my child to express father-child bonding and non-verbal communication using digital and large-scale photography, drawing, dance, and other means yet to be found. My work will build on the experiences shared with my oldest son with whom I developed a visual dialogue of dreams and hopes during a similar one-month adventure in 2012. The artistic process relies on the recurrence of challenges of fatherhood across decades and personalities, while it will benefit from the uncertainty of place and actors.

During the residency, I hope that the emotional fluctuations of the teenage soul and my midlife uncertainties will be channelled into a positive creative process. There is hope that fellow artists and the community will inspire us to discover new ways. But the most important is the opportunity to focus our attention on each other at Saari.

As a photographer, I search for manifestations of internal processes and visualize moral struggles. My method can be described as an amalgamation of participative documentary and staged photography into a narrative opus, often a book, that embraces a longer time period.

Gábor Arion Kudász (1978, Budapest) received his diploma at the Hungarian University of Art and Design. He often incorporates staged and artificial elements into a documentary approach to photography. In his recent works, Arion narrows his attention to the understanding of the relationship between responsibility and ambition. His work HUMAN received international attention and it was recognized by the Robert Capa Grand Prize in 2015. Arion won the Balogh Rudolf Award in 2012. Since 2018 he is involved in photographic research on the life choices of youth, supported by a scholarship from the Hungarian Academy of Arts. His works are included in public collections, such as the Hungarian National Gallery and Musée de l’Elysée. Gábor Arion Kudász is an avid teacher of photography, currently head of the photography MA program of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design.