Over the past decades an increasing percentage of the world’s population is in cities and the rural areas are depopulating. In Hungary, over 50 percent lives outside cities, while according to UN data in developed countries this ratio is around 20 percent and expected to decrease drastically on a global scale (World Urbanization Prospects, 2018). It is important to study the current, temporary state, so I started to work on Hungarian villages in the second half of 2018.
In the first round, I created a database of the settlements with a population of less than 100 and began to research the international art and sociological literature in order to know the current trends and results.
I have visited 44 villages so far, making interviews and photographing the locals, the built environment. Parallel to this, I am interested in the relationship of the capital to the rural and I am also taking images on the border of Budapest.