Pars pro toto
by Rene Triebl
It was more than
a simple coincidence, that the exhibition of the
II Maramures-photo week in this year was held in
Baia-Mare, the old Hungarian city of "Nagybanya",
as this old historic mining town, once also was
the site of one of the most famous art-schools in
Europe, the “Nagybanya-painting-school”.
the turn of the 19th to 20th century by famous Hungarian
painters Simon Hollosy, Istvan Reti and Ferency
Karoly and designed as a school of "plain-air"
painting, it soon become known all over Europe attracting
painters from all over Europe, bringing in various
influences of in that time “newly forming styles
like” Expressionism, Fauvism and Cubism from Paris and also from the "Blue Rider-Group"
in Munich, making Nagybanya some kind of a creative
melting-pot in that time, a truly international
meeting point of art and finally, before the II
World War, turned out to be the largest painting
school all over Europe.
idea of that photo camp in Maramures therefore includes also the realization
of some kind of a secret wish for us trying some
kind of a "revival" for that once so glorious
place, trying to follow the traces of that famous
traditions in art.
after we went to in order to choose our subjects,
it turned out to be very similar to those of the
painters before the war, showing Maramures in a
state of rare preservation, still allowing us to
discover what was already there in the times the
Nagybanya-school made this area and it's motives
well known all over Europe in that time past.
the present changes in modern Romania nowadays,
it was also clear for us, that there is not much
time yet left for us for documenting these so unique
European treasures, as traditions disappearing rapidly,
unfortunately giving way to an uniformed pseudo-American
lifestyle, soon probably leaving no traces behind
of that once so unique traditions of that old, Middle-European
cultural region, attracting an international public,
making it one of the "hot-spots" of art
life in Europe once.
Next to following
our own personal creative ideas, it is therefore
also our declared aim to try some kind of an complete
documentation of this unique character of the Maramures
region, each of our participants focusing on a different
main subject, providing another facet of that"
little "universe" in itself:
Cosmin Bumbut (Romania): With monochrome and sparse pictures
of details, objects and landscapes he is trying
to show us that less can be more. His photos are
objects of meditation, bringing us closer to the
world of remote silence, to the fascinating spirit
of handcrafted objects, to intimate moments of life
within the circle of nature. All qualities the Maramures-area
is famous for and contrasting to a more and more
fast and industrialized, uniformed world.
Vasile Darolti (Romania): In carefully selected subjects
showing the unique character of traditional life
in Maramures. Focusing on classic symbols of
he bring us closer to the mystic and the understanding
of life in that particular area.
( photo 1
Silviu Ghetie (România): With the trained eye of a professional
reporter, he is picking out some intense and unique
moments of everyday life, in mostly spontaneously
taken pictures on the spot, he is inviting us to
take part in the real village life away from any
clichés, allowing us a deeper understanding of the
joys, needs and demands of Maramures people.
( photo 1
Horea Nascu (Romania): Giving a fascinating, impressionistic view with mostly self-developed
collages and mosaic-like techniques in presenting
Dadaistic traditions in avoiding pure documentation
and narrative photography.
( photo 1
Alexandru Paul (Romania): In atmospheric pictures of simplicity
and silence, mostly concentrating on typical Maramures
elements of life, he bring us closer to the character
of the countryside.
Fred Rohde (The Netherlands): "Peoples photographer"
with a concentration on people living in traditional
lifestyles. Mostly portraits of impressive sensitivity
and intensity. "Social Photographer".
With devotion and sympathy for the "small people"
he is able to tell us a whole life story in one
picture, showing in images not only the outside
impression but looks deeply into the soul of his
models, showing all traces of life uncovered, giving
us an authentic and touching portrait of social
life in Maramures.
Bernhard Seidel (Austria): In choosing a subject reduced
to a color, he show us various elements of Maramures
yet uncovered. In concentration on Biological aspects
he deliveres an unusual view on details, normally
not being widely noticed.
Rene Triebl, myself (Austria): I am a photographer of still-lifes and landscapes.
I search for metaphysical elements imbedded in the
“banality of life”.
In the pictures
included in this show, I tried to show the character
of Maramures in selected, symbolic details, giving
room for free associations and interpretations.
Light, shadow, emptiness: "Pars pro toto":
Maramures as a mirror of the entire universe.