Marietta Varga : Raw Hill

For his new series, Raw Hill, The Hungarian photographer Marietta Varga is interested in the brutalist architecture, style in vogue from 1950 to 1970 all over the world. The constructions of this movement are characterized by massive monoliths that the artist tries to soften in his cliches through synchronized choregraphies a bit obsolete and pastel shades.

The brutalist architecture, with its monochrome volumes, imposing, as ready to crush us, symbolizes for many an extreme expression of the architecture of concrete. However, Marietta Varga succeeded in drawing a certain lyricism, thanks to stagings, a singular gesture and a particularly strong color code, contrasting with the gray blocks of the works of the time.


For this series, the lynx-eyed Hungarian chooses to position the actors of his work in London, in front of the National Theater, the Barbican Estate or the Alexandra Road Estate, representative and specific places of this aesthetics. As taken from a musical comedy, his shots present models dressed in pink and blue adopting coordinated, unreal positions, whose movements contrast with the solemn immobility of their brutalist environment.

The scenography allows viewers to entertain a new relationship with structures that are often poorly considered, reminding their detractors of the artistic value of these buildings and their particular beauty.

To learn more, visit The site of Marietta Varga

Photographs: Marietta Varga

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