Anna Fabricius studied photography at the Academy of Arts and Design in Budapest. She’s been exhibiting since 2004, and her works have been presented both in Hungary, as well as in many other European cities.
In her artistic explorations, she focuses on different social groups. Using photography, she transplants them from their known work or home environment to completely different contexts.
“With which tools is it possible to decode an identity of a certain society, or approach it from a different perspective? And to what extent can one take this society or group out of context and put it into different visual compositions, without changing its identity? These are the questions that determine the direction and methodology of my work.”
Anna Fabricius’ work is influenced by the so-called staged photography, with the artist carefully directing the entire scene and the layout of protagonists. Exploring the boundaries between different photographic approaches introduces an element of uncertainty, so it is often not clear, if a certain photo captured a staged, or a random moment. The protagonists of her works are determined by relations in the workplace, with typical gestures that describe their professions. Through artistic research, the artist also analyzes and criticizes their work conditions.
The results of Anna’s residency in Maribor are three video works, in which she used similar approaches as she does in photography – the camera is immovable, the protagonists are local people. Regardless of whether she is depicting workers in their work environment, a sports match or children’s games, the artist’s attention is always focused on specific gestures in the given situation. The sound is neutralized, there is an odd silence, which keeps our attention on the movement of the human body and the relationships between protagonists. The artist’s intervention in the action (lack of working equipment, slow motion ...), which is actually an important part of the story, as it directs and gives the desired emphasis, adds a humorous element to the whole.
Text: Maja Pardeilhan