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Photos by Iosif Kiraly - Universitatii Square
Is photography a shift between matter and memory?

I o s i f    K i r a l y 

For its documentary nature, photography is generally credited with the capacity (larger than other visual arts) to be an interface from wich we can approach some past situations. That is why it is usually associated with time, memory and even with death.

Many times, the viwer grant photography with largers powers than it holds, ignoring the fact that it shows but the texture, the epidermis of reality; the deeper layers and the relationships among the characters and visible elements inside the image are just inferred (frequently in a wrong way). There are many cases in wich the same photography has radically changed its meaning after some time or along with a different context in which it was received or a different explanatory text.

For my part, through the images that I capture using the camera I try to envision the mechanisms of memory, the way our brain makes connexions as well as the way I remember or forget some situations, places or things. These panoramic images (which are part of some series: Reconstructions, Synapses, The Act of Viewing and so on), even they are realised through many snapshots (unspoiled photographic fragments in any way), self combined or associated with others more or less related, seldom can act as accurate marks of reality. They are rather a kind of docu-fictions.


IOSIF KIRÁLY (b. 1957) is a Romanian visual artist, architect, and educator. He works both independently and within the subREAL group. Favourite media: photography, installation, performance, and drawing. His work investigates the relationship between perception, time, and memory. In 1995, he was among the founders of the Department of Photography and Media Arts at the National University of Arts (UNArte) in Bucharest, where he is presently a professor. Király has an extensive international exhibition record, and his works are found in numerous private and public collections.

Since 2013 he has also been teaching in the Master of Visual Studies programme at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest. 

He has initiated, coordinated, and, together with architects, visual artists, and anthropologists, participated in research projects related to the changes having occurred in post-communist Romania: D-Platform, RO-Archive, Triaj, Tinseltown, etc.

Király has held lectures, seminars, creative workshops, and artist introductions at universities, museums, and art centres.

Király is a member of the Romanian Artists’ Union (UAP) and of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

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