Gábor Ösz


Gábor Ösz

Photographs from the series Liquid Horizon. © Gábor Ösz

The artist has produced a series of large-format photographs shot from inside World War II bunkers scattered along the Atlantic coast from Spain to Norway. By masking out the light, he transformed each bunker into a camera obscura. In other words, he converted these military installations into cameras trained on the horizon. Produced with an exposure time running from about three to six hours, the resulting landscapes are expressions of duration and waiting, and have many implications for the relationships between photography and history, images and events, anticipation and surveillance.

Gábor Ösz
Born in Hungary in 1962. Lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

In 1986, Ösz graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. In 1992, he was artist-in-residence at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. In 1993-1994, he did postgraduate studies at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam. Since his move to Amsterdam, Ösz has received a number of grants and prizes including a grant for study abroad from the Soros Fondation, Budapest (1992), and the Werkbeurs grant from the Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten,Vormgeving & Bouwkunst, Amsterdam (1997-2000). In 1998, he received the Vrije Opdracht Fotografi grant from Amsterdam’s Fonds voor de Kunst, and in 1992 obtained an award under the Programme Mosaïque of the Centre national de l’audiovisuel in Luxembourg. Since 1985, he has had solo exhibitions in various museums and galleries and has taken part in several group shows and various festivals. Ösz’s work has been published in various books and catalogues. For more details please visit: www.gaborosz.com

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
Pavillon Jean-Noël Desmarais, 1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
(514) 285-2000
Exhibition hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm
From September 11 to January 11, 2003
Opening: September 10, 2003 at 5h30pm

© Gábor Ösz No. 5, Mers les Bains, 19.09.1999, from the series Liquid Horizon, Cibachrome, Camera Obscura, 126 x 230,6 cm. Exposure time: 5 hrs 15,