Night Bodies. Night Lights

During their residency, Boglárka Börcsök and Andreas Bolm continue to deepen their artistic dialogue to more densely weave together practices of performance and film, fiction, and documentary.

© Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm - József Attila Museum Makó
© Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm - József Attila Museum Makó

In their work in progress, Night Bodies. Night Lights, they reanimate a small-town Hungarian community through 16,000 portrait photographs from the 1930s in the form of a video and sound installation.

From 1904 until 1939, a Jewish studio photographer named Nándor Homonnai captured and eternalized the whole society of his small Hungarian hometown. Over a period of more than 30 years, thousands of citizens of different origins, ages, religion, professions and social statuses gathered in Homonnai’s atelier to pose in front of his camera.

Inspired by Virginia Woolf's essay "The Death of the Moth" and W.G. Sebald's novel "Austerlitz", Night Bodies. Night Lights creates a nocturnal encounter, a choreography of society that reflects on the disappearance of a community.

By: Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm — Supported by MM Praxis / Montag Modus Berlin, HELLERAU — European Center for the Arts Dresden — Residency support: workspacebrussels


09.05.2022 - 28.05.2022