Satijn Panyigay

Satijn Panyigay (b. 1988, Nijmegen) is a half Dutch, half Hungarian photographer. Her work has a clear style and specific themes. Panyigay handles subjects like transience, emptiness and solitude. She has a fascination for the dark side of life and with her aesthetic eye, she shows us there’s also beauty to be found in the grim and dark.

Her newest series (Living) room shows the living room of a young art collector and his girlfriend. A fire raged in the kitchen of the newly-occupied home, making the adjoining room uninhabitable in a short time.

With the charcoal walls and the details on them, Panyigay constructed new spaces in her photography in which you could easily lose your orientation. You can’t exactly imagine the size of the spaces and whether they offer a way out. It resonates with the feeling the house owner had when he woke up in the middle of the night because of the heat, walked downstairs and got completely disoriented by smoke. Panic and oppression, but also detached from life and reality.

In this series, Panyigay reflects on the subject of decay in things, but also the transience of time. Changing and fading memories, dealing with loss and continuing life after impactful events. What do you consider important when you have to rebuild everything? Do you stick to memories or do you make room for new ones? Is there a glimpse in the dark and can eventually something beautiful arise from misery?

Panyigay photographs the emptiness and silence in abandoned spaces and brings the present and absent together. There is always a harmonious discord between light and dark, cheerful and gloomy, resilience and vulnerability. Underneath the surface of these sober interior images are subjects such as transience, loneliness and restlessness, but also resignation and wonder about the beauty of life.

The melancholic photo series Behind Death’s Door shows the houses of recently deceased people of whom the relatives chose a specialized company to clear out their homes. Panyigay went along several times to investigate death more. The photos are hermetic, there is no contact with the outside world, which results in an oppressive atmosphere of loneliness and nostalgia.

This also applies to her photo series, Melankólia. For this project, she went searching for her roots in the country her father originates from, Hungary. Click here for more information about Melankólia.

Satijn Panyigay lives and works in Utrecht. She has participated in exhibitions at, amongst others, Fotomuseum Den Haag, Museum Tot Zover (Amsterdam), Villa Mondriaan (Winterswijk), and art fairs such as Art Rotterdam, Art Amsterdam, Unseen Photo Fair and Amsterdam Art Fair. Her first solo-exhibition was Paradise|wasteland at Van Krimpen Gallery (Amsterdam) in 2012.

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