BRATISLAVA, November 8, 2018 (WBN / PR)
Exhibition duration: 9. 11. 2018 – 17. 2. 2019
Opening of the exhibition: 8. 11. 2018 at 18.00
Esterházy Palace – 2nd and 3rd floor, Bratislava
Curators: Aurel Hrabušický, Filip Vančo
Graphic design: Palo Bálik
Exhibition design: Peter Liška
exhibition Useful photo. Photo of Contemporary Slovak Art picture exposed to the media (Painting for painting, SNG, 2010-2011) and Graphics (Grub school, SNG, 2017) another media exhibition in the Slovak National Gallery.
The exhibition represents contemporary photography in Slovakia from another perspective – the development of this media over the past decade has been perceived as an integral part of contemporary art. Based on the assumption that distribution of authors to photographers and photographers is an archaic experience or a concept that is no longer functional. Change the current view of the current Slovak photo. The view is simplified, distorted and often limited by "guilty" affiliation.
The aim of this exhibition is to bring the photograph closer to us not only as a useful, fast recording medium, "document time", nor as a means of digital manipulation, but as a tool suitable for different applications in contemporary art. Show the photo as a useful medium in its maximum width.
The influence of digital technology was a paradoxical situation – many authors have not gone through simple manipulation of digital images but are just beginning to explore the boundaries, opportunities and boundaries of the media through conventional photographic techniques. It is as if digitization has brought a new need for a better exploration of analog photography. In the digital age, formal characters, technical or technological skills are no longer so important. It is the content and context of artistic expression.
What is not changing is the nature of the media, its usefulness as a record, documentation, archive, "truthfulness," a technical copy, or as a means in which only the change of the cuts, the angle of the image or the fragment of reality allows the author to change the context and nature of the work. On the other hand, private, documented reality is newly designed, decorated, set (for example, in the installation space) but using photographic techniques, media features. That is why we talk about a photo exhibition, not about a photo exhibition.
In today's photography, economics or economics and the degree of efficiency of processes used, reduction associated with full concentration at the center of gravity, a clear formulated or direct idea, is much more frequent. Thanks to this, photography becomes useful to contemporary art, while traditionally distributed visual art has a common platform. However, this basic position does not exclude a wide range of copyright procedures and strategies, which is also reflected in the collapse of the exhibition.
The first part on the 3rd floor of the Esterházy palace is devoted to unauthorized photography, a borrowed photograph. Artists use existing photographic materials here, taken from the press or from the internet – the author is the way this embedded image material is embedded in their own projects. Here is also a photo as a recording medium that serves to capture situations, events created by artists themselves – performers in the midst of everyday life. The collections include Ćiril Blažo, Petra Feriancová, Katarina Hrušková, Ján Kekeli, Martin Kochan, Roman Ondák, Lucia Papčová, Katarína Poliačiková and Viktor Šelesták.
On the second floor newly opened, in the true sense, it focuses mainly on the author's photo, which is by itself the artist's vision. There are ways to use them in multimedia art projects. The photograph is applied in combination with other types of art and becomes part of a complex (audio) visual excerpt. His works include Peter Fabo, Dominika Jackuliakova, Lucia Sceranková, Ján Šipöcz, Milan Tittel, Martin Vongrej and Jaroslav Žiak.
Aurel Hrabušický & Filip Vančo,
curator of the exhibition
The exhibition is based on an identical 200-page catalog featuring Aleksander Kuse, with texts by curator Filip Vanc Useful photography – in the ambush of a media exhibition and Aurel Hrabušický Photo, useful in non-photo time and a rich picture area.
The author's presentation
To rent a reproduction and exhibition, thank you:
Photoport Gallery, Bratislava
Martin Janda Gallery, Vienna
Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague
Gallery SVIT, Prague
Gallery Zahorian & Van Espen, Bratislava
Following the exhibition program
Thursday, November 15 18.00 | 3rd floor
Curative Interpretation: Useful Photo Part 1
Curatorial interpretation, divided into two parts with regard to the size of the exhibition, will detail the different ways in which photography is used in contemporary Slovak art. Curators Aurel Hrabušický and Filip Vanco will present the first part of the exhibition devoted to more photos of the unauthorized, borrowed. Artists use existing photographic materials here, taken from the press or from the internet – the author is the way this embedded image material is embedded in their own projects. They are also approaching photography as a recording medium that serves to capture situations and events of the artists themselves in the midst of everyday life.
Thursday, 22 November 18.00 | 2nd floor
Curator Interpretation: Useful Photo 2. part
Curatorial interpretation, divided into two parts with regard to the size of the exhibition, will detail the different ways in which photography is used in contemporary Slovak art. Curators Aurel Hrabušický and Filip Vančo are concentrating on the second part of the exhibition about the newly-built, literal sense of the author's photography, which is the materialization of the artist's vision and the ways of its use in multimedia art projects. The photograph is applied in combination with other types of art and becomes part of a complex (audio) visual excerpt.
Entry: € 4 / € 2
Sunday, November 18 15.00 | 3rd floor
Sunday 25. 11. | 15,00 | 2nd floor
Siesta in gallery: Useful photo. Photo of Contemporary Slovak Art
The Sunday lecture will present the artist's strategy using photographic media to create them.
Information on other programs will be published in the program bulletins at www.sng.sk
Access to exhibitions in Bratislava is free in 2018!