Memories burnt into the retina Zsolt Bátory
Exhibitions, Italy, Roma, 19 September 2019
Memories burnt into the retina
Zsolt Bátory

Solo exhibition
From 19 to 30 september 2019
Vernissage Thursday 19 September 19.00
free entry
The author will be present

Visual memories constitute a significant aspect of our respective personal histories, and as such they play a key role in constructing and continuously reconstructing one's ever-changing self. Our deepest, most intimately safeguarded memories are unforgettable and inerasable, and yet are characterised by an almost filmic distancing and fading away, in which details become rough, blurry, and insignificant. In the images of this series, real and imagined fictitious visual memories are mingled, constructing a new self from both real imprints of my own life and possible memories of imagined lives. Some of the scenes and images are connected with my own personal history, while others are the visual memories of numerous imagined, alternative possible lives that I have never led. The images of my possible lives are created at scenes and among objects that I have encountered for only a brief period of time. Reality and imagination meet and connect in these images, quasi-multiplying my imaginary lives and filling them with content.

Zsolt Bátori
The project was supported by the APRA Foundation Berlin.

Zsolt Bátori is a philosopher of art and photographer. He currently serves as dean of the Faculty of Art and Creative Industries of the Budapest Metropolitan University, and visits the University of Murcia, Spain for regular research collaboration.

Zsolt was born in Budapest, Hungary. He earned his PhD in philosophy at Rutgers University, NJ, USA. He specializes in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, and he is especially interested in the visual arts and photography. His current research is focused on the question of interpreting and evaluating photographs. Zsolt also continues to complement and enrich his theoretical work with an active photographic practice. He has been exhibiting internationally as a fine art photographer.

Zsolt has conducted research and taught philosophy of art and photography courses at various universities in Hungary, the United States, Spain and Argentina. He is also the founder and director of PH21 Gallery (Contemporary Photography Gallery) in Budapest.

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