Máté Bartha: Common Nature
150 numbered, signed copies
Concept: Zuzana Lapitková, Máté Bartha
Text: Zuzana Lapitková
15 x 21 cm, 84 pages, 43 images, harcdover.
ISBN: 978-963-08-8425-9

Máté Bartha’s first book, Common Nature observes human society adapted in urban space, with Budapest being representation for all the other cities – societies. A city is visualized as a mirror of human society. It can be understood as a counterpoint to wild nature and so it inspires reading the message as criticism of human twisted values, shaped by an urban environment. Ultimately, the book deals with questions regarding human perception, that easily allows one to accept phenomena that is contradictory to human and social needs.

The photography of Common Nature cannot be classified as pure documentary as the author does not hesitate to stage situations he needs in his message. However, staged and not-staged imagery merge to compose one common visuality.

Character of the imagery inspired to compose the book as a developing line, suggesting an abstract story. Moreover, ordering of the recurrent motives and their interconnecting throughout the book should also suggest never-ending cycling in ‘reading’ of the book.

The book was conceptually prepared with the Slovak independent curator Zuzana Lapitková.

More information: barthamate.com/

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