Whether it’s an inner or outer landscape, I use my photographs as canvases for creating imaginative universes, where personal memories, feelings and actual places merge. Through these internal illusions, impossible colours and places open up, where it’s difficult to distinguish reality from dream, the virtual from tangible environments.
Dora Kontha is a film photographer who specializes in wide-open spaces, rough nature and undiscovered Nordic landscapes. Her work focuses on the form of unreal nature. She creates melancholic and dramatic photographs with traditional cameras and expired film rolls in pursuit of feelings of freedom and wanderlust.
In her experimental work, she investigates the artistic and technical possibilities of film photography in different ways to achieve unexpected colours, patterns, and shapes. As the exposed photographs are not visible due to the powerful reactions, the focus is on the outcome and the feelings they evoke.
Dreamland – TOBE Gallery – Budapest – 2018 September, October
Selected Group Exhibitions
Body Image – Budapest Photo Festival – Kiscelli Museum – 2020 April – June
Deep Flows – The Modem Center for Modern & Contemporary Art – Debrecen – 2019 December – April 2020
Light – TOBE Gallery – Budapest – 2019 July, August
Perspectives – Budapest Photo Festival – Kiscelli Museum – 2019 April, May
Piña – TOBE Project – Pegazus, Szentbékkálla – 2018 July, August
Trieste Photo Days – Trieste, Italy – 2018 June, July
Unseen Amsterdam – 2019 September
Photo London – 2019 May
MIA Photo Fair – 2019 March