/ Éva Szombat / Photo story

If Even Jesus Smiles on the Cross

This collection of personal stories explores the relationship between young people and religion in Hungary. It delves into the significance of religious objects in their homes and examines whether they hold genuine meaning or are merely decorative. The individuals interviewed express diverse perspectives on faith, ranging from those who actively practice a specific religion to others who explore spirituality in their own unique ways. They share their experiences with organized religious communities, personal beliefs, and the search for meaning in their lives. From questioning traditional religious structures to finding solace in art or personal spirituality, each person navigates their own path in balancing a mostly Judeo-Christian faith with the realities of modern life.

Éva Szombat is a photographer based in Budapest, Hungary. She got her MA in photography from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME), and studied visual communication at ESAG Penninghen in Paris. Her works examine the phenomenon of happiness and mental well-being, and how they can manifest in people. She previously released two books on the subject: Happiness, and Practitioners. Her works were displayed in New York, Jerusalem, Milan, Lisbon, Vienna, Geneva, Bogota among other places. The series I Want Orgasms, Not Roses won the Robert Capa Grand Prize in 2021, later published by Kehrer Verlag in collaboration with Everybody Needs Art in 2022. She is currently attending doctoral school and teaching photography at MOME.