27 September 2016 - 20 November 2016
Exhibition: Slovakia, say cheese! / Helsinki
In a small country such as Slovakia the urban blends with the rural, the religious with the secular, and the global with the regional. Over the last ten years, several Slovak artists have become interested in mapping the specifications brought about by this diversity. The exhibition Slovakia, say cheese! presents works by a young generation of Slovak photographers and their view of Slovakia and the life of Slovaks from different perspectives. The authors tread a fine line between an artistic and a social approach. Martin Kleibl looks for peculiarities in seemingly banal situations and compositions. Ján Viazanička and Boris Németh have been mapping post-communist changes in Slovakia for a long time now in a joint project, Premeny Slovenska (Transformations of Slovakia). They take photos of demonstrations and festivals, but also of shopping centres or highways. Šymon Kliman’s project is a portrait of Slovaks from different cultural and social environments. Research on human nature is also a feature of the series by Peter Ančic. In their project Budovanie Slovenska (Constructing Slovakia), Juraj Fifik and Tomáš Manina expand a visual archive of Slovakia by taking pictures of industrial buildings that contributed to the construction of the modern (Czecho)Slovakia in the second half of the 20th century. Ján Kekeli invites viewers to enter into large-format photographs depicting the Slovak countryside, which in their monumental scale resemble classical paintings.
PHOTO: Martin Kleibl