Gabor Szilasi, The Eloquence of the Everyday
19 Jun 2013 - 24 Aug 2013
Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto
Over the course of the last 50 years, Gabor Szilasi (b. Budapest, 1928) has created one of Canada’s significant and influential bodies of photographic work, comprising environmental portraits, domestic, commercial, and urban views of Montreal and Budapest, and images of rural Quebec. His photographs, which are found in numerous private and public collections in both Canada and Europe, have been sustained by an unwavering belief in the humanistic and documentary value of the medium.
This exhibition uncovers the essence of Gabor Szilasi’s artistic vision through his observations of urban and rural life and his recordings of the connections between culture and community. The approximately 130 photographs are divided first into three broad geographic sections – Budapest, rural Quebec, and Montreal – and then by theme. While much of the work was initially undertaken within the framework of specific projects, it is displayed here so as to reveal larger patterns of social interaction and cultural values that only become apparent when photographs taken over time are brought together.
Motorcyclists at Lake Balaton(detail), 1954.
Collection of the artist.
© Gabor Szilasi, 2009