Márton Perlaki

Soft Corners

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Curated by: Borbála Szalai

Opening: 30 October 2020 (Friday) 7-10pm

On view: 31 October 2020 - 17 January 2021 (please note that the exhibition has been extended)

The solo exhibition of Márton Perlaki is the first presentation of a larger collection of works created in the recent years, consisting of photographs, large chalk drawings, abstract photograms and luminograms. Perlaki’s artistic practice is characterized by the duality of a meticulously pre-planned precise editing process and a peculiar, playfully bizarre attitude. His unusual portraits, staged still lives or gestures of highlighting certain details detached from their environment often create a space for perplexity and the unexpected. Compared to his previous works, the works presented at Trafó Gallery mark a clear and bold opening in the direction of a more self-analyzing, more personal voice that also re-examines family relations, and in which control over creative processes dissolves and the unpredictable is given space.

Márton Perlaki (1982) graduated as a photojournalist at the Bálint György Academy of Journalism and then as a cinematographer at the Hungarian University of Theatre and Film Arts. He was the founder and image editor of The Room magazine. He was nominated for the internationally acclaimed photography prize, the Foam Paul Huf Award initiated by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, and in 2015 Perlaki was also invited to the Foam Talent Program. In the same year, one of his works was exhibited at National Portrait Gallery, London in the frameworks of the exhibition of Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. His work appeared in renowned magazines including Time Magazine, Vogue, New York Magazine, M le Monde or Süddeutsche Zeitung. The last time his works were presented in Budapest was in the frameworks of his solo exhibition at the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in 2016.

››› Please note that in order to respect the rules of social distancing, we will not hold an opening speech, and that only a maximum of 20 people can stay in the exhibition space at a time. We warmly invite those who are waiting to enter the gallery for a glass of wine in the area next to the Main Hall or in case the weather permits, on the roof terrace of Trafó. All visitors are required to wear a mask in the exhibition space and inside Trafó and asked to follow the precautions in place at Trafó (see below).

Supported by Káli Kövek, National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Hungarian Month of Photography.


The catalogue of the exhibition was recently published by Oui Non Editions. Order the book online via the publisher or buy it either at Trafó Gallery or at ISBN books+gallery.

Editions of 150 220mm x 265mm  48 pages 



1854 - British Journal of Photography Hannah Abel-Hirsch: For Marton Perlaki, less is more


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