"Storytelling is the philosophy of the things that have happened - wrote Egon Friedell.. Every story is born to an individual, however much the writer struggles to achieve scientific objectivity. The memories of the past are like separate musical notes, which we make into a melody in a certain era and put down in a sheet of music. Each era has its own melody. Each historical memory is waiting to be conceived by the future, so that a reality is formed. The way of thinking about the past or a canon can be formed or changed, as it is not exclusively about the original truth but about ourselves." - Zsolt
Zsolt Asztalos exhibited through Hungary and all Europe. He represented Hungary at 55th Venice Biennale with his project 'Fired but Unexploded'.
A partial list of publications and projects: http://www.svadhyaya.hu/
The common feature of his series is reduction, minimalism, which appears in colors, composition and visuals at the same time. This kind of reductivity also involves some distance, resignation in relation of the urban appearance displayed. In one of his series, he turns to the local phenomenon of post-socialist visual culture from a global viewpoint. In his works he uses custom made materials, like plywood objects and textile elements with organic surfaces of natural substrates. The main visual is based on the handmade artificial world and the interplay between nature and built elements. This is accompanied by the duality of digital and analogue technical solutions within his art. In his series he experiments with the relations between rough urban elements and nature – he also experiments how he can change the weight and form of the different kind of urban materials with the use of natural elements to give new feelings about the inhuman and brutal materials like concrete.
Selected recent screenings and exhibitions include: Fabulation For Future (2022), Ludwig Museum Budapest (Time Machine—A new selection from the collection of the Ludwig Museum, 2020–23), Fotograf Gallery Prague (Of Walking on Ice, 2021), Ani Molnar Gallery Budapest (Construction, 2021), LOOP Barcelona (Video Art Fair, 2021) and Serralves Porto— Casa do Cinema (Cinema and Photography: Spectral Visions, 2021).