MEMENTO - limited edition photobook published for the 5th anniversary of the red mud catastrophe.

memento book

Title of publication: Memento
Artist: Péter Kollányi
Text: Includes the poem "A Sedimental Glossary" specifically written for this album by Péter Nádas
Design: Studio Mothership
Publisher: Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center
Format: Hard cover with book cloth
Printing technique: Offset print
Size: 260 x 220 mm
Number of pages: 52 + 22 pages
Edition size: 350 English / 250 Hungarian edition.
Special edition: 10 English and 10 Hungarian copies. Every copy signed by Peter Kollanyi. Bundled with one 8" x 10" art paper print signed and numbered by the author.
All copies are numbered.


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  1. Choose to collect your order in London, Budapest and Tallinn - for free.
  2. Shipping to Estonia, or Hungary - 8 euro.
  3. Shipping to Europe (Zone I) - 15 euro.
  4. Shipping to the rest of the world - 18 euro.

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memento book

Five years later Péter Kollányi's poetic images of the red mud catastrophe remind us to recall 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.

memento book

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.

memento book

Written specifically for this album, the internationally acclaimed Hungarian writer, Péter Nádas provided a lyrical opening with his text that stands at the intersection of the catastrophe's verbal and visual aftermath, blending genres to create an encompassing whole.

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