Thursday, 4th. November, 2021 between 18.00 and 21.00
13 rue Keller, 75011
The exhibition is open from 5th. November, 2021, until 4th. December, 2021, between 11.00 and 19.00 from Tuesday to Saturday.
Péter Korniss (Cluj-Napoca, 1937)’ lifework is one of the richest photographic œuvres of Hungary. He earned his reputation as a documentary photographer capturing traditional peasant life in Eastern Europe. This has been a central motif of his life’s work from his first photographs in the dance house of Sic in 1967 to the most recent, somewhat conceptual series, of The Nativity Players or The Women of Sic.
Throughout the same period, Korniss has created photographic series all over the world in such countries as North and South America, South Yemen and Siberia.
In 1978, he started focusing on the life of commuter-workers and followed András Skarbit’s life for more than a decade. The series, The Guest Worker (1988) can be considered one of the milestones of Hungarian photography.
Péter Korniss’ lifework presents the irreversible changes and signs of globalisation which have impacted on both family life and community culture in countryside villages in addition to underlining the consistent endeavour and conscientious work that have been integral to Korniss’ career for fifty years.
In these past years Péter Korniss’ unparalleled lifetime’s work was celebrated in such large-scale exhibitions as: the one organized in the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, the Romanian National Museum of Fine Arts in Bucharest, the Museo di Roma in Trastevere in Rome, the Museum of Fine Arts in Cluj-Napoca or the Rosphoto Museum of Photography in St. Petersburg.
Now the Várfok Gallery is delighted to announce the upcoming solo exhibitions of Péter Korniss in Paris. The Liszt Institute Hungarian Cultural Center will host the exhibition entitled ‘Constante Évolution’ which is dedicated to the central motif of Korniss’s life work, the disappearance of traditional peasant culture in Eastern Europe, while the other one entitled ‘Le Navetteur’ in the Galerie Keller will present the legendary series, ‘The Guest Worker’ (1979-1988), focusing on the life of commuter-workers.