The Line, 2011 Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 39.4” x 27.8”
The Line is the first New York solo exhibition by Spanish photographer Palíndromo Mészáros.
At 12:25 am on October 4th, 2010 over 35 million cubic feet of toxic waste was spilled over the city of Ajka, a town in Western Hungary. This spill occurred when the damn wall of the Ajkai Timföldgyár alumina plant collapsed, inundating the city with six feet of toxic mud. The disaster occurred just 74.3 miles from Budapest, in Veszprém County.
Mészáros captures in his photographs the images of the aftermath of this accident, considered the biggest catastrophe in Hungarian history. By collecting those months later, Mészáros hoped to both challenge one of the foundations of traditional photojournalism, immediacy, and also to make a more permanent impression on the viewer. He works with emotional contradictions using the perversion of aesthetics to create beauty out of devastation.