The photos of Máté Tóth Ridovics were created as part of the Crisis Trilogy and were first exhibited in the Rudé Právo building as part of the jp.co.de installation. Afterwards, the photo series was presented in several occasions in Budapest as a separate exhibition.
The metaphoric photos display crisis situations in families.
Circumstances that restrict children in their decision-making freedom can also arise within families with an optimal financial background, without physical or mental abuse. Minors regard their parents’ experiences and life strategies that are intentionally or subconsciously passed on to them to be indisputable, the relations deriving from them unchangeable, a natural aspect of the family, while parents regard them as an expression of their love and care.
The already tried models offer a narrow but secure family unit, just like a motionless photographic tableau. In parents’ authoritarian regime, children as individuals become invisible even for the attentive eye. They smile at the camera without personal stories, deprived of the possibility to have their own stories heard. Without their own means and methods and without the support of their partners, they are destined to unconsciously pass on the inherited life strategies to their children. Leaving the family framework or trying to change it threatens with the disintegration of the secure environment.
The exhibition demonstrates the dysfunctional set mentioned above. The photos representing a closed, aesthetically indecomposable unit are paired with reflective videos that decompose the pictures by revealing the controversy between their content and their aesthetic presentation. In the displayed videos, every model was free but left alone to change the closed context of the photographer in 5 minutes.
In the third section of the exhibition, creators of the photographs and the models tried to create an alternative way of cooperation. With the help of the project’s leaders, the 13 to 16-year-old young people in focus created their own piece of art. Their work revolved around issues of their generation, how the individual and the community relate to each other.