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1400 DAYS, 2024

photo: Edvard Molnar

photo: Edvard Molnar

photo: Edvard Molnar

photo: Edvard Molnar

The site-specific installation 1400 Days finds its point of departure in the history of the Reichl Palace, which today houses the Gallery of Contemporary Art, Subotica. Namely, the building was originally built back in 1904 by the architect Ferenc Reichl to house both his studio and the family home, and there he invested all his talent as well as capital. However, the family lived here for just under four years, or slightly over 1400 days. After Ferenc Reichl went bankrupt, the family was forced to leave.

Starting from this brief note from the palace’s history, where dreams and desires for an ideal life clash with reality, the installation invites visitors into the imagined lives of some former fictional residents of the building. There, the only physical traces of these imagined inhabitants to be found in the now vacant rooms are travel photos depicting water and amusement parks, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens—places that, in today’s world of global tourism, are portrayed as idyllic destinations where all (consumerist) dreams come true and where everyday life burdened with worries and work finds its deserved fulfillment and meaning.

The installation and works presented within it are yet another iteration of the series Theme Park. This ongoing photographic research into the phenomenon of mass tourism is expanding with every new journey, while its presentation each time takes a different shape. Approaching the phenomenon of mass tourism as a certain kind of search for happiness while keeping in mind the deep-rooted connection between tourism and the medium of photography, the works from the series are created with an analog camera. However, when looked at through its lenses, the tourist does not appear as a privileged individual on vacation, but rather as an anonymous member of the immense mass that travels the world thanks to cheap flights only to spend time in places that hardly differ from one another anymore.