“The series is a very precise articulation of the goals I set myself as a child.” – Viktória Balogh: At The Foot of the Rainbow
21 • 05 • 15Viktória Balogh
How can traditions be handed down, how can they change, accumulate and effect individual lives? How can life in the country be reconsidered, and how is it related to life in the city?
A personal, and potentially collective, answer is offered to these questions by Viktória Balogh’s photo book, At The Foot of the Rainbow, a manifest experiment in tending to a garden and living near nature. While it has a dreamy quality, the title is also a sobering reminder of reality in that the foot of a rainbow can never be reached.
The series gives voice to a sense of unattainableness, which is counterbalanced, as a kind of hope, by the pair of photos taken in childhood, of a rainbow, which becomes an allegory of reaching the goal set at the time—that of finding the foot of the rainbow.
“I realized during the lockdown that I need the possibility of moving out into the country once, of being being able to live there, and this photo book is a visual impression of that effort. (...) These pictures are more than mere documentations of this field, because the series is also a very precise articulation of the goals I set myself as a child.”