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David Lynch In Budapest: Small Stories Exhibit

Hola Hungary: Published in Millennium Post Photography by Priyanka Sarkar



The cult American filmmaker, the great director, screenwriter, painter and musician, the one and only David Lynch had his “Small Stories” photography exhibition in Budapest this spring and I feel extremely lucky to be in Budapest during that time. "Small Stories" was made in 2014 for the Paris Photo Week at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie and has just been exhibited three times. A psychedelic voyage through the world of emotions, humour, playfulness, and restlessness, it also reveals memories and scars from the past.


One of my good friends Petra from Debrecen was kind enough to inform me regarding this. After reaching Budapest from Debrecen, the first thing I did was to go visit this exhibition right after putting my luggage in the cute guest house in Ó utca. This exhibition was an opening for “The Budapest Photo Festival”, an annual city-wide exhibition series that is one of the biggest photography events in Hungary in the Műcsarnok (Kunsthalle or Hall of Art), according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.




Lynch is one of my biggest heroes when it comes to avant-garde cinema and I am highly inspired by his surreal vision and approach in the form of storytelling and I love how he bridges the gap between dreams and real world with seeking a connection between the subconscious and reality. One had to enter through the famous “Twin Peaks” surreal path through the red curtains to the main space of the exhibition. 40 photographs were put on display along with chair installation and two AV screens for the viewers to have a deeper personal experience. These 40 absurd photos had a sense of ambiguity with a hint of nightmare with tonal motifs of deep reds, greys, blacks, and whites which covered the white walls of the gallery. What I admire the most is the composition of the photos as it gave an eerie vibe with a lot of suspense and delusional thoughts, what we all might have experienced in our childhood dreams, which were unable to comprehend.


In the words of the artist himself “Still images can contain stories. Mostly, still, images contain small stories. And, as it happens, sometimes there are interesting stories that are small. Small stories take place during a very short period of time. However, the mind and emotions can become engaged by looking at a still image, and small stories can grow into huge stories. It depends, of course, on the viewer. It’s almost impossible not to find some kind of story emerging from a still image. This, I think, is a beautiful phenomenon.”

– David Lynch


Being an independent filmmaker myself, this was one of my “happiest” moments during my second visit to Europe.


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