Photographs by Palíndromo Mészáros.
Self Published, 2013. 28 pp., 19 color illustrations and 8 page booklet, 12½x8¼".
Signed copies available!
Selected as a Book of the Week by Jonathan Blaustein
4th of October, 2010 at 12.25pm in Ajka, Veszprém county, Hungary: around a million cubic meters of toxic waste were released after the rupture of the retaining wall in one of the reservoirs used for the accumulation of MAL aluminum company trash. The spill reached two meters high and started a destructive race trying to release its energy, flooding the nearby Devecser and Kolontár villages. Ten human casualties were counted and material damages were impossible to measure, including the destruction or irreparable deterioration of numerous houses, the disappearance of infrastructures and the poisoning of dozens of fields. The accident was at first sight considered the biggest catastrophe of Hungarian history.
This book happens six months after the accident, when silence takes place of the headlines, and just The Line is left.
Palíndromo Mészáros approaches the scene understanding the pure symbolism of that perfect red line, from the visual ambiguity of a natural disaster, which is on the other hand direct consecuence of human practice. Design in the book speaks silently about this. The jacket is removed. We find The Line, but also questions. Is it manufactured or natural? Is it art or chaos? Is it beauty or Criticism?
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