Illés Sarkantyu


“The Hand (and) the Glove”, Exhibition from 17 May to 18 August 2024, Musée Jenisch Vevey (Switzerland)

Born in 1977 in Hungary, Illés Sarkantyu lives and works in France.

The issues of absence and presence, memory and heritage feed Illés Sarkantyu’s work, which is distinguished by its precision, its mastery of light and technique. However, sophistication is not the goal. This precise use of photography no longer makes it a means of reproduction, but a tool for amplified access to the world.

As an investigator, historian, archaeologist, or simple witness, Illés Sarkantyu exhumes images and traces of history that he revisits through his photographs. His images function as clues to reconstitute a narrative or a given moment as if to compensate for the deficit of memories.

lllés Sarkantyu does not like art for art’s sake but for the sake of awakening. Yes, to use a famous expression, “art is what makes life more interesting than art”, because the concern for the world develops.
Pierre Wat