Waste Union is the reflection of the ruins grounded in our utopian ideas.

It seems anachronistic and immoral to separate inhabited land from Nature. Cultivated landscapes are not different from lands left intact, for the boundaries between the two dissolved. The influence of urbanization is present in open lands more than in carefully leveled inner cities.

Open space is excessively wasted, yet, it could become the ultimate resource of urban existence, a natural source. The inflation of space is the most visible at the front-lines of the expanding city, where different populated areas collide. With the accumulation of garbage, dumps are about to meet. The memory of garbage heaps is present everywhere, unifying contemporary landscape. A re-cultivated mine dump is the closest we can get to the natural state. Nature does not exist anymore, so any escape into nature, or any harmony with it, is impossible. The time for a hopeful utopia is gone.

During a four-year period, between 2007 and 2010, I travelled across several European countries - Romania, France, Switzerland, Latvia, Croatia, Hungary, etc. - to discover similarities and differences how each nation respects or disrespects the environment, its homeland. The resulting collection of landscapes forms a photographic catalogue of destructive interventions and exploitation. Europe as a land - not as an idea - shows a tendency towards uniformity and decadence.

Sense of Place - European Landscape Photography, BOZAR, Brussels, 2012
Stranger in the Landscape, Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw, 2012
Liberation Formula., Leerer Beutel, Donumenta, Regensburg, 2010

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All photographs © Kudász Gábor Arion