The City of Children: Monika Merva

Sol Mednick Gallery

During several visits since 2002, award-winning photographer Monika Merva has photographed everyday life at a Hungarian government housing facility for children from dysfunctional and poverty-stricken families. The City of Children was founded in the late 1950s, a period when the Hungarian social welfare system emphasized collective solutions to private problems.

Merva states, “Having visited the City of Children many times over the years, I have become increasingly impressed by its quiet, and often hidden, power and beauty... I believe the home is where our strength lies. It’s the source of everything – where all our fears, questions, love and a sense of belonging originate.”

Merva worked as a freelance photographer for several magazines, including The New Yorker, Details and New York Times Magazine, and her work is included in many public collections. “City of Children” was published as a monograph by Kehrer Verlag in 2011.

Merva will give a lecture on September 12 at 1 p.m. in CBS Auditorium, followed by a reception for her and Colin Stearns in the Mednick Gallery and Gallery 1401 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Above: "Richard as the Mouse," 2005; Chromogenic Print 20" x 24" and 30" x 40"; Copyright © 2009 Monika Merva. All rights reserved.

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