An award winning fine art photographer, Anna Tihanyi's practice is focused on staging scenes to tell stories, while exploring her own female self and femininity in general terms. In her on going project A Woman's Chambers Tihanyi introduces the complexity of the female existence and complements the spiritual map of the woman undermining the homogenous and universal concepts of womanhood.
The core idea of the project is to show the metaphysical aspect of the universal female existence. As a female artist she explores identity issues through 12 determining feminine characteristics and roles. Each character gets injured, dies or confronts with a segment of the identity while her whole entity develops through the loss. With this series Tihanyi forms characters that draw attention to growing issues in our societies. While processing her own female self she encourages others to explore theirs as well by using archetypical characters that talk to us in our collective unconscious.
"The idea is based on my personal traits or roles, I personally have been growing up or living with. These painful alternations were influenced by external impacts and internal pressures. Crises activated different characters within me, and made me aware of different parts I coexist with. The transformation generated by my losses is what I’m implanting in my ongoing series. I’m hopeful that understanding our archetypes is to nurture the sense of unity amongst women."
"The aim of my project is to expand my photo essay through the possibilities of storytelling, while gaining perspectives on women’s roles in a global, artistic and multi cultural context"
In a parallel project HER, Tihanyi staged a portrait photography series based on female characteristics and archetypes. The series introduces the complexity of the female existence and complements the spiritual map of the woman undermining the homogenous and universal concepts of womanhood.
HER - Osvárt, Andrea
Photography, production design - Tihanyi, Anna
Photography assistant - Trembeczki, Péter
Makeup, prosthetics - Kund, Bibi
Hair- Karolyi, Márk
Costume - Keszei, Bori
Stylist - Kolontai, Dóra
SFX supervisor - Princz, Barnabás
Stand-by SFX - Tihanyi, Dániel
Studio assistant - Nagy, Szabolcs
Studio assistant - Kiss, Péter
Post production - Frank Rizzo
Scans - Vaczi, Kristóf (Café Analóg)
Earlier this year Tihanyi exhibited FRAGMENTS (SAVE THE DATE!!), "I did that on the occasion of turning 40 in December, and I re-evaluated may things regarding my age, my childhood, and being a woman now." The exhibition featured staged photos installed in old family frames and focuses on Tihanyi's reflections on the complexity of the identity built on inherited elements. The toys and gestures captured are personal stories of Tihanyi that remind all of us of our own childhood and history.