Dániel Halász (1981, Hungary) is a photographer and videographer who has traveled extensively around the world and is the recipient of numerous international prizes, such as the Google Saatchi Photography Prize and the Epson Art Photo Award. He was nominated as one of the best graduating young artists in Europe in 2011 and as a top emerging artist of PLATTFORM 10 at the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. With a conceptualist approach, he tries to reimagine a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way and tell a story about the effects of global and local cultural, sociological and political interaction. His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday experiences as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. To quote Idris Khan: ”Daniel's work has an atmosphere and a considered approach that looks at the overlooked.”
The building of the Fészek Arts Club is a time capsule that gives us a glimpse into 20th century Hungarian history. Starting it’s life as a Jewish girls’ orphanage it later housed an elite members-only artists’ club with a bustling illegal nightlife, then was bordering the ghetto and thus used to smuggle secret messages through a hidden room, subsequently nationalised by the state only the regain independence in the 90s and struggling with financial difficulties ever since.