June 2 – August 31, 2020
The reception possibility is undetermined at this time
The Land Beyond the Forest is an ongoing series depicting a fading way of life in rural Transylvania. This mountainous and remote region of Eastern Europe is steeped in history and lore. The rugged Carpathian Mountains kept invaders at bay and kept the remote villages isolated from the passage of time.
I am drawn time and again to this region and these people because it reminds me of a way of life that I experienced at my grandparent’s village in Hungary every summer. As a child, I was oblivious to the hardships that people faced and experienced only kindness and warmth. With my camera I work to recapture this feeling of storybook wonder and show domestic tableaux and rural people as I remember them.
For this exhibition I am focusing on the last generation of women who live this traditional rural life. My hope is to show the magic and poetry of the women who inhabit the “The Land Beyond the Forest.”
Katalina Simon is a British/Hungarian photographer whose work centers on the passage of time and cultural memory. Her interest in photography began when, as a child, she was told that taking pictures was not allowed in many public spaces in communist Hungary and she observed how precious photographs were to her family separated by the Iron Curtain.
Simon’s photography emphasizes her strong connection with history and the mood of the environments she photographs. Her image making is only part of a larger goal of experiencing a place, learning about a new culture or community.
Katalina holds a BA in Russian from the University of Bristol in England and is a graduate of the Professional Photography Program at the New York Institute of Photography. She is an exhibited member of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont and Fountain Street Gallery in Boston, MA.
BA, Russian, University of Bristol, Bristol, England 1991
Professional Photography Certificate, New York Institute of Photography, NY, 2017
Photography Atelier, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA, 2017
Photography Atelier, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA –2019
MassArt Post Baccalaureate in Photography 2019-2020
Industrial Grace – Atelier 27, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA (March ‘18)
Maria – Environmental Portraits, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT – Juror, Elizabeth Avedon (Sept ‘18)
Ana’s Kitchen – Travel: Places and Faces, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT – Juror, Krista Rossow (Nov ‘18)
Rugaciuni – Sanctuary, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT – Juror, Laura Valenti
The Land Beyond the Forest, (3 person show) Fountain Street Gallery, Boston MA (April ’19)
The Land Beyond the Forest – Atelier 30, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA (Sept ’19)
Waiting – Blue, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge MA – juror, Sarah Montross (Dec 2019)
Time with Bunica – The Poetry of the Ordinary, Middlebury, VT – Juror Sarah Sudhoff
The Land Beyond the Forest (solo show) Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA (April-July)
The Land Beyond the Forest (solo show) Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge MA (April)
Capture the Moment (group show) Budapest, Hungary (Sept 2020)
The Land Beyond the Forest (solo show) Acton Public Library, Acton MA (Jan)
1992-1996 PR Manager Hill & Knowlton, Budapest, Hungary
1997-2002 Manager of International Media Relations for IBM Software, New York, NY