Step-Imprints

Dance, Photo, History

2021.04.15. – 2021.06.05.

Dance and movement are individual and unrepeatable phenomenon. Capturing their momentary status can be an almost impossible task. Over the decades, diverse techniques developed to immortalize this fragile sight. Step-Imprints asks questions about the collaboration of the photographer and the dancer, the contextual interpretation of photographs and the spread of modern technology with the help of photos, notation systems, press history materials, interviews and computer tools.

Online opening: 14/04/2021 18.00 LINK

Opening speech by: Mrs. Petra Plesovszki Széchenyi, dancer and Krisztián Széchenyi, dancer, the art director of the Count Széchényi Family Foundation (Gróf Széchenyi Család Alapítvány)

Exhibiting artists: Malvina Antal, Dániel Dömölky, Levente Molnár, Szabolcs Vida, Mariann Zászlós

Curators: Zsófia Somogyi-Rohonczy, Zsófia Steidl, Zsófia Szabó

Collaborators: Dániel Dömölky, Zoltán Grecsó, Beatrix Simkó

Special thanks: Ágnes Boreczky and István Pálosi for the professional advice and help, MOHA – Orkesztika Alapítvány – Mozdulatművészek Háza for the archive documents.

Movement is the principal part and implicit connotation of our life from the beginning. Dance has a more specific function in the complex system of humanity. It is a universal communication form that helps us better understand life, culture, the community, and ourselves. Dance mediates emotions and thoughts, it is a feeling of togetherness and can give us spiritual awe. It has diverse ways for self-expression, but one characteristic always stays the same: the momentum.

The Step-Imprints exhibition revolves around the possibilities of capturing the transient, capturing and later deciphering the lasting sign – image, sculpture, photo, moving image. After all, replaying and understanding the original movement, the circumstances of the work, is an impossible task, and perhaps not even necessary. The objects of the exhibition all evoke in their own language the messages of past movements and the reflections of the present age. And deciphering the imprints in the Deák17 Gallery creates individual impressions of recent movements that are unique to us.

The exhibition gives the visitor a taste of the recording possibilities, through which the individual movements can be snatched and recorded from the dance process, and at the same time we can give an insight into the individual vision of the creators. The exhibition selects from a complex system of phenomena without claiming completeness. Rather than giving answers, we sought to condition questions that prompted the viewer to research independently. During the selection, we aimed to present the technical variety, so notes, newspaper articles, photos, movies, installations and sculptures invite the visitor to explore on their own.

The art of dance and visual imaging have developed a continuous talking relationship with each other from the very beginning. During the exhibition, we get some insight into this relationship not only from our past but also from our present age; from emerging contemporary works and the narratives of contemporary artists.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Budapest Photo Festival.


Movement is the principal part and implicit connotation of our life from the beginning. Dance has a more specific function in the complex system of humanity. It is a universal communication form that helps us better understand life, culture, the community, and ourselves. Dance mediates emotions and thoughts, it is a feeling of togetherness and can give us spiritual awe. It has diverse ways for self-expression, but one characteristic always stays the same: the momentum.

The Step-Imprints exhibition revolves around the possibilities of capturing the transient, capturing and later deciphering the lasting sign – image, sculpture, photo, moving image. After all, replaying and understanding the original movement, the circumstances of the work, is an impossible task, and perhaps not even necessary. The objects of the exhibition all evoke in their own language the messages of past movements and the reflections of the present age. And deciphering the imprints in the Deák17 Gallery creates individual impressions of recent movements that are unique to us.

The exhibition gives the visitor a taste of the recording possibilities, through which the individual movements can be snatched and recorded from the dance process, and at the same time we can give an insight into the individual vision of the creators. The exhibition selects from a complex system of phenomena without claiming completeness. Rather than giving answers, we sought to condition questions that prompted the viewer to research independently. During the selection, we aimed to present the technical variety, so notes, newspaper articles, photos, movies, installations and sculptures invite the visitor to explore on their own.

The art of dance and visual imaging have developed a continuous talking relationship with each other from the very beginning. During the exhibition, we get some insight into this relationship not only from our past but also from our present age; from emerging contemporary works and the narratives of contemporary artists.