Crina Prida is a photographer, installation, public artist and tutor. Prida’s work has been exhibited in Hungary, Finland, Germany, and throughout Romania, and was often published in photography magazines. She has been teaching photography workshops at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, and during various regional and national photographic events in Romania. Having engaged subjects as diverse as Transylvanian mythological archetypes, memory as an instrument to reinvent society, and unconventional portraiture, her work reproduces familiar visual elements, arranging them into new conceptually layered projects. Prida’s use of photographic techniques ranges from mostly digital, to analog and mixed media. Although there may not always be obvious similarities between the different projects, they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through consistent research. Each project consists of multiple works, often in a range of different media (photography, writing, video)
"The journey between a photograph, as an object, and the information it contains, is the only reliable aspect in a visual narrative. I am trying to create images which do NOT reflect the immediate, formal reality. The recurrence of symbols or subjects, are meant to transform, or even manipulate the perception of the viewer, in the sense that they include the viewer in an open dialogue, which begins in front of the camera, between me and the model, and is carried on when the photographs are looked at, whether the observer likes them or not. I construct my photos somewhat like staged scenes on a theatrical set, where the subjects and the props are obviously real, but their role is to induce and suggest emotional reactions in the audience. After all, the reaction of pleasure or discomfort are those responsible with bringing life into any form of art, because, in the absence of the subconscious in the process of perception, the message remains unknown, and the story , sadly, untold."
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