Tomoya Imamura (Hungary – Japan – Germany) – Petőfi’s Corpse
Exhibition: GALERIA PPP, Rynek 27
Meeting: AULA, Modrzewskiego 12 – AUTHORS’ MARATHON, 9th October (Saturday) at 6.00. p.m.

Tomoya Imamura

Born in 1991 in Duisburg. Bachelor of Arts at the Communication Design Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen. Took the ERASMUS-Semester at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. Got his Master of Arts in photography at Folkwang Universität der Künste.
Author of many exhibitions organised in Germany, Poland, Switzerland.
Finalist of the Verzasca Foto Award in 2019 and European Photoaward.
His work combines a documentary approach with staged imagery, mostly around the topic of ideology and the right-wing movement in Europe.


The exhibition attempts to describe a Hungarian present whose post-socialist reality nourishes a new form of nationalism. A people who have been oppressed for centuries, whose culture and education has centred around the history of said oppression, is searching for a new enemy to blame in this new free, but unfair world.
This image series combines documentary photography and staged images, though it remains unclear how much manipulation took place in each picture. Part of this staging are objects, which represent communist, as well as Hungarian national symbolism. They serve as a white projection surface or burntout form. For outsiders, they are almost the only direct reference to Hungary, although the national symbolism depicted does not provide more information about Hungary than the occasional Hungarian-language lettering. The location thus remains in Eastern Europe and emphasizes the communist veil that poured the former Eastern bloc into uniform concrete.
The 1kg-loaf of bread is a reccuring element in the series. It is a standardized remnant of the socialist system, but also draws a parallel to the „body of christ“ and the religious aspects of the right-wing-movement. Connected to the work‘s title it highlights Sandor Petőfi as a national „messiah“, whose death is just as unclear, as the evolution of Hungary‘s historical self image.


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