images by Andrea Palasti from The minority
The project The minority is a series of photographs that showcase the celebrities of the ’Hungarian national minority in Vojvodina’. The title The minority has the intention to allude to the term ’minority’ as a political and/or social construct, and to play around with the idea of how, and whether national identity can be reduced to a mere visual and/or a word. The series of photographs is an anthropological study, which notes a humorous way of the ’privileged’ public figures in the field of the popular ’minority’ culture. The idea to make pictures of the celebrities is brought into relation with the aesthetics and the concept of elite or vip, whose representatives occupy the absolute first place in the media culture. In some way, they represent us, and based on them, many people form their ideas about class, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, about ‘us’ and ‘them’. Therefore, theatrically posed, but catching the off set gestures, the photographed models are a mixture of direct information’s and enigmas about what they ’really’ are. Mapping the holders of success of a ’minority community’, the series of photographs, in fact, aims to contextualize/re-contextualise/de-contextualise the phenomena related to the ’minority discourse’, and to rethink the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, nationalism and globalism, ’minority’ and ’majority’, the arts and the political and/or social circumstances.
Andrea Palasti (b. 1984) is a Serbian photographer. She finished BA and MA studies at Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad. She is currently preparing PhD thesis at the University of Arts in Belgrade.