Interview by Locals Lore
For those that are traveling, commuting or even often relocating their bases one of the best way to connect with (local) people is going to gallery openings. The joy of discovering hidden art galleries in a city is actually one of our favourite parts when it comes to traveling. TOBE Gallery in Budapest is one those places. The gallery started in October 2013 with the aim to provide the opportunity to present Ibero-American and Hungarian artists. The purpose with this new venue in the fine art photography and collage art field, in the city of Budapest, is to look for a newer dialogue, a different point of view, with a different way to express and communicate photography as art.
Bea and Tomas (the couple behind TOBE) want to put contemporary photography in an upper level, to give to photography a value. A value, which means that photography can be collectible and it can be a design element with which people can live in their own space. Read their inspirational thoughts on Hungary’s art scene, their favourite place for inspiration; Miami, and find out more about their recent trip to Milan Photo Fair.
WILL YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELVES; YOUR BACKGROUNDS, FAVOURITE ARTIST(S), RUNNING A FAMILY BUSINESS? HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE THE TOBE GALLERY DNA?
TOBE Gallery’s DNA is a matter of coincidences and destiny. A Venezuelan photographer with a degree in Architecture with Hungarian roots, marring a Hungarian Geologist who loves art and studied Cultural Management to manage his work, no matter how it’s started this should be the end, a Contemporary Fine Art Photo Gallery. Our goal with this new venue in the fine artistic photography and collage art field, in the city of Budapest, is to seek for a newer dialogue, a different point of view, with a different way of expressing and communicating photography as art.
WHEN DID YOUR LOVE TOWARDS FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE COLLAGE ART FIELD STARTED? CAN YOU POINT OUT PIECE/ARTIST/MOMENT THAT REALLY MOVED YOU?
TOMAS: the exact moment in which the concept of artistic photography changed in my mind was when I did a workshop with the very well-known Guatemalan artist Luis González Palma during the Festival of Latin American Photography in Caracas in 1992. Until that moment I had only seen beautiful photographs, but the work of González Palma changed the way of viewing, reading and understanding photography.
BEA: in 2002 I was doing my postgraduate studies in Paris. The city inspires me with its cultural scenes and its artistic life. I discovered with what force art can move your feelings and thoughts.
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