Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design


Understanding Abstract Photography and Film
Project overview
Student name
Idil Emiroglu
Gábor Arion Kudász
Photography MA
Degree level
Media Institute
Year of project
"How does reality become abstract? The Residue series features what remains after the loss of a good friend.
After major incidents, the perception of reality can change and explaining feelings becomes difficult. The clues given in the installation are leftover remnants after this challenging loss. These clues are pieces of evidence that my good friend was once here but evoke their change of meaning after his departure. The feeling of reality loses its persuasiveness when the so-called incident makes a big impact. The knowledge of memories remains but the places, objects and people’s meanings change; they go in a different direction than their original reality. A loss can be real, but the post-incident creates abstraction in trying to understand how and why it happened. After all, the shreds of evidence, residues, are all that is left behind by a dear person. The Residue project is an effort to understand the abstractness of the post incident. Understanding the loss itself is not the focal point, but the process of abstraction in the evidence and the reflection on their new meanings is the way of understanding the present situation. The series becomes an enigma and pursues the new sensation of these places, objects, and people."
This thesis focuses on abstract photography and film as they employ the camera to dominate reality. This thesis concerns the questions: why is the camera used to create abstractions? and why is it important to dominate reality by abstracting it?
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