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Memento is a limited edition photobook published for the 5th anniversary of the red mud catastrophe by award-winning documentary photographer Péter Kollányi.
Péter Kollányi’s poetic images of the red mud catastrophe reminds us of one of the most frightening environmental disasters. On a tranquil October day at Ajka alumina plant in Hungary, a dyke suddenly burst and 1 million cubic metres of toxic red mud poured out of the storage pond, causing the immediate evacuation of two villages. Residents had only a few minutes to leave and most of them could never return home. The mud painted everything with all shades of red – what remained was solely chaos and silence. For over a year the Hungarian documentary photographer had shot images of the ghost villages before the abandoned houses were knocked down.
His award-winning photo series systematically pursued to find vanishing marks of human existence, creating an elegiac refrain between the post-apocalyptic view and passing life. Written specifically for this album, the internationally acclaimed Hungarian writer, Péter Nádas provides a lyrical opening with his text that stands at the intersection of the catastrophe’s verbal and visual aftermath.
Published by Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center
Hardcover, with book cloth
260 x 220 mm