Réka Bohus's second solo exhibition at TOBE Gallery in Budapest.

Réka Bohus: Time Has No Hands Nor Mouth
25 May - 23 July, 2022
TOBE Gallery, Budapest

In her previous works (Konstruktum, What Remains) Réka Bohus focused on capturing her personal attachment to particular objects, through the process of introducing those objects, she has abstracted particular feelings. The inspiration for her current work came from her four and a half years old son, who perceives his environment in his own unique way. He is currently in a crucial stage of development (early childhood): this stage is crucial for the development of his personality. His self-knowledge is getting stronger, he has his own will and small goals. Because of his lack of experience, he connects to everything on an emotional basis rather than on an intellectual one. To make sense of the unknown, he uses his own imagination. His eyesight is his most important sense of perception, he focuses on details that have an impact on his emotions. As a visual artist (and as a mother) Bohus aims to use photography as the medium to capture this phenomenon. With the help of photography, she would like to understand and experience this way of perception as much as possible, something which we all have gone through in the past but is unable to recall those memories by ourselves. When reading about this stage of child development, she came across numerous concepts which helped her to give her project a certain base, a foundation: the role of lies in fantasy, memories attached to certain actions, tale-consciousness, artificialism, aesthetical emotions, depiction as only functional activity, portraying ill-proportioned, only based on emotional attachments.

Using photography as a tool for transmitting vision via contemporary still-life and object photography, she wishes to be discovering and grab the fine line between the real and the composed picture. Though the idea itself came to her thanks to her son, the series is not about him; he is present as a lens, bringing his way of abstract thinking, helping Bohus to understand that better. She hopes that through the interactions with him, that special, unique energy will show, the original functions of the objects will shift- and she is to be documenting the results in a pre-built environment.

To explore the idea completely, she uses multiple approaches: besides presenting the objects her son focused on, without their original context, she also created snapshots and presented real-time objects to help deepen the experience. With looking at her son’s creations, behavior, and reactions from an artist’s perspective, it became clear quickly that this idea is an incredibly rich and complex concept, in which the passing of time will also play an important role. As he grows up, his idea of the world around him will broaden, the proportions of fantasy and reality in his mind will change. Bohus wishes to approach this project with the aim of expanding it in the future, into a story of long-term development. It would be fascinating to follow his journey until he starts attending school or even further: reaching richer and more realistic stages in life, how consciousness and sensibility will become his main ways of perception. Her long-term goal is to create a photo book, in which the photos taken throughout many years could form into a final concept.

Réka Bohus graduated from the University of Kaposvár, in 2015 (BA/Photography). Since then, she lives and works in Budapest, using object compositions to express her interest in particular topics, resulting in abstract and geometric visual works. She used organized objects as compositions to express particular feelings, with a new kind of significance given to them throughout the process. She is especially interested in the individual: what can one’s own collection of objects tell us about the self? Previously she explored this phenomenon focusing on both the older generations and her own as well; now, she is focusing on children’s way of perception.

As a visual artist, Réka Bohus participated in numerous group exhibitions in Hungary. In 2020, she celebrated her first solo exhibition in TOBE Gallery. She is a member of the National Association of Hungarian Artists (MAOE) since 2016 and the Studio of Young Photographers (FFS) since 2020. In 2022, she became the recipient of the Association of Hungarian Photographers’ scholarship programme. At present, she is studying Art and Design Management MA, with a Curatorial Studies specialization at Budapest Metropolitan University.