... visually arresting [images] and provocative for their complex beauty. Ardó has a gracious eye and candid enjoyment of forms, moving in and out of light, off-set by an elegant monochrome.
The expressive, inner music of the human body is the leitmotif that runs through this series of works exhibited at Florence’s historic opera house, La Pergola. Ardó’s dramatic pastels capture the human form as a quasi-operatic instrument, in which tension and reflection, action and repose fuse in a visual harmony. Her swirling improvisatory lines ebb and flow with the tempo and dynamics of a musical score, and she captures the latent energy of the human form, even in moments of stillness and languor. There are hints, in these sculpturesque nudes, of Michelangelo, and distinct memories of Matisse, too, in Ardó’s exotic, fiery colours and seductive, odalisque-like beauties.
Lyrical, captivating... stunning.” E. Fitzherbert, Art and Culture journalist
Beautiful, thought-provoking original paintings.
Zsuzsanna Ardó’s images are remarkable for their intimacy, texture and filmic editing that gives a sense of interrupted narrative. Indeed, there are many subtle things in these quietly dramatic images that can be shown but never adequately described.
Simple and beautiful moments.
A starkness which looks at the relationship between things. A classic and beautiful formalism. There may be a story - the image having encapsulated a moment in time - but it seems perfect, almost abstract, sophisticated, just beyond our reach.
Sensible et beau, c’est mon Paris! Very respectful images, never intrusive and a vision of Paris with its details.... and especially its people. Never voyeur. In the great tradition of French photography, á la Bresson and Doisneau.
The angles, the focus, the moments captured, the emotions, the atmosphere, the feeling...These images simply touch me. I’m not an art historian. I’m an anthropologist and a traveller and a human – and if things touch me, I know it.
A remarkable camera, a remarkable artist.
Images in search for what is true and beautiful in the world around us.
A little boy peeps under a woman’s skirt; a young mother breastfeeds her child in public; a man lends a patient ear to his horse’s whisper; and two kids learn how to kiss. Ardó’s frames speak a candid visual language that is difficult to misinterpret.
Poetic images, inspiring a poetic interpretation of everyday life.
For those who believe in being simple yet sagacious, the exhibition... was truly a splendid treat.
She zooms in on the ordinariness of Europe’s largest ethnic community. But the focus is soft, Ardó’s eye sensitive.
Profoundly affecting images, full of vitality and soul.
Her incandascent images are like tracks in the earth, the traces of a turning wheel. Zsuzsanna Ardó’s art is a process of revelation—her images are the uncovering of voices… words, forgotten laughter.
Extremely lively photographs - vivid - full of magic and emotion. A great feel for light and shadow, and there is always movement, expression in her photos. She is not just taking photos but communicating with the person she is photographing. And that energy is in the photo.
The intimacy and authenticity of Zsuzsanna Ardó’s photos suggest they had been taken by an insider of these communities. Her photos present people as human beings, without stereotypes.
Zsuzsanna Ardó captures the inherent human dignity of her subjects—without stereotypes or implications of ‘otherness’.