Dániel Halász

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.”  

Artist statement
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.

What we know of Ms. F.R. is equally puzzling. Born to a Jewish family in rural Hungary, she lived in a house opposite the Arts Club. She had visions that her thoughts and acts are controlled by the Machine inside the building, inciting her against the state. She confessed several times to the police, but was rather repeatedly taken to a psychiatry hospital to be electroshocked over a six year period.



See the building: FÉSZEK Arts Club