Domonkos Varga (1998) is a photographer and conceptual artist based in Budapest.
His work portrays the influential elements of the world around him and his generation, while aiming to make an impact on people by drawing their attention to problematic social issues. His projects always feature a research-based background from which he constructs visual metaphors and builds meaningful narratives.
Domonkos studied photography at Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design (Budapest) and Aalto University School of Arts and Design (Helsinki).
Acts of Cassandra examines how utopias and dystopian ideologies may refer to or reflect our present-day technological and social changes. The project operates as an imaginary mind-map in which I juxtapose the trivial fears and expectations of a new world order and the issues facing our forthcoming society.
In this body of work, I build an environment of the future, using the power of visual metaphors, filled with hidden references and symbols inspired by 20th century English dystopian literature. Although these literary references may illustrate the obsolete concepts of past beliefs, they also reveal relevant issues of our current lives and upcoming conversions.
Acts of Cassandra covers a broad spectrum of themes, from excessive techno-optimism and industrialism to the social deformations that characterise contemporary culture. The title refers to Cassandra, a prophet from Greek mythology. A psychological phenomenon called ‘Cassandra complex’ also takes her name and refers to a scenario in which one’s well-founded warnings or concerns are disregarded by others.