Ani Molnar Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
“Dénes Farkas’ solo exhibition, entitled Darkness Visible, raises the questions; if the present’s and future’s possible and actual positions can be determined by the practice of adaptation, documentation and archives. The exhibition, which consists of photographs and texts was born two main inspirations. The artist photographed the visual material at four various seed banks, which can be found in di erent points of the world. At the Global Seed Bank in Svalbald, the N.I.Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry in St. Petersburg, Russia, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas in Terbol, Lebanon and the seed bank of the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. These institutions were established with the goal of building an archive of the world’s seeds and plants to be used in the case of a global catastrophe. The quotes appearing in the exhibition are taken from the Lebanese-American writer, Rabih Alameddine’s novel An Unnecessary Woman. The book follows the inner monologue of an elderly woman, who devotes all her time to translating western literature into Arabic language.