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Ákos Rajnai


Attic (detail), 2014


ARTIST STATEMENT

My body of work contains video art and photography series of contemplative nature. The video works are primarily inspired by the experience of meditative observation and presence, which in many cases uncovers unstable layers of meaning and their analogies.  I am highly influenced by the regularities of human existence and its quality, as well as its harmonic, yet contradictory relationship with nature.

 

The rapport between clothing (as kind of abstraction) and personality is included in my latest works. The installations of visual artist Tünde Újszászi also appear in my oeuvre complementing my course of thought and the context I create. I consider them a powerful reflection on motifs of time and passing, which realities are significantly altering the course of my creative process.


Date of Birth: 16.01.1980
Place of Birth: Komló
Currently living and working in Budapest, Hungary


EDUCATION
2012  PRO IDENTITY, Workshop led by Saul Robbins American photographer, Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest
2008-2010  KONTAKT Courses of Art Photograpy, Faculty of Fashion
Photography and Faculty of Video Art, Budapest
2002-2008  University of Pécs, Arts Department, Faculty of Communications
2004-2007  Camera Anima Arts School, Faculty of Photography, Budapest
2001-2007  University of Pécs, Arts Department, Faculty of Political Sciences


AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS
2015  Close film, Freedom of Form 2015 Competition, Interference Festival, European Solidarity Centre, Gdansk, Polland, Grand Prix nomination in the category: Creative Advertising Piece (PL)
2014  Attic (Contemplative Video Series), LICC (London International
Creative Competition), Shortlist (GB)
2014  Human Visibility, Celeste Prize, Assab One, Milan, first prize in the category: Photography and Digital Art 
2014  Celeste Prize, Contemporary Art Contest, ’Human Visibility’, Assab One, Milan Lajos Kozma Crafts and Design Grant, Museum of Applied Arts Budapest, collaboration with Márta Kanics textile designer (Human Visibility), Orsolya Poppre designer (Images) and Tünde Újszászi artist, designer (The Black Rectangle video) 


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016/2017  In Essence, K.A.S. Gallery, Budapest (HUN)
2016  Celeste Prize exhibition, OXO Tower, London (GB)
2016  Essenceless, Tünde ÚJSZÁSZI & Ákos RAJNAI, Mono Art & Design Gallery, Budapest (HUN)
2016  The starting lineup, Karinthy Saloon, Budapest (HUN)
2015  To be counted, Group exhibition of new members of FFS (Studio of Young Photographers Hungary) MÜSZI, Budapest (HUN)
2012  Lajos Kozma Crafts and Design Grant, Museum of Applied Arts Budapest, collaboration with Tünde Újszászi artist, designer (photo documentation about The Object) (HUN)
2011  László Moholy-Nagy Design Grant, Museum of Applied Arts Budapest, collaboration with Endre Fazekas fashion designer (HUN)
2009  ’ARC’ poster exhibition, ’Street Fighters’, collaboration with János Bődey photographer, Heroes’ Square and ÓÓ Gallery Budapest HURAKO group, ’Search Key Zone’, A. P. A. Gallery, Budapest (HUN)
2008  Diploma Exhibition, Közelítés Gallery, Pécs (HUN)
2006  Month of Photography, Godot Gallery, Budapest (HUN)


Essenceless, 2016


Contemplative Video Series: Restaurant,  2014


Reflections series (detail), 2015