Monika Merva "The City of Children"


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The City of Children, or more formally Gyerrnekközont, is on the former grounds of Count Istvan Karloyi's palace in Hungary. It was seized by the government and transformed into a housing facility for children seeking help away from their dysfunctional and poverty­stricken families. More simply, it is an orphanage of sorts. Photographer, Monika Menra, whois oí Hungarian descent and speaks the language, visited the City of Children on many occasions over a number of years since 2002, often spending time with the same young people again and again.

Curator, Anne Wilkes Tucker, writes: "Children generally know whom to trust. especially those who've experienced hardships. Monika Merva brought empathy and compassion as well as skill to this plroject and we can feel it in the children's responses. They allowed her intot eir private spaces and she's honored their trust with vivid, memorable portraits."

Shot with a medium format camera, unposed, and in natural light, Merva's ghotographs are refreshingly sensitive and tender. The artist comments: "I elieve home is where our strength lies. It`s the source of everything--where all our fears, questions, love, and a sense of belonging originate.'



from May 05, 2011 to June 11, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-05-05 from 18:00 to 20:00


Monika Merva

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