1st year

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I’m sitting in front of my computer looking through my images and thinking about this past year. How much did change, what did I gain and what was left behind? How did all of this reflect on my physicality? What can a indifferent viewer read out of those portraits? Is it possible to capture experience? I know that it isn’t, yet I’m always thinking about Nicolas Nixon The Brown Sister. Obviously you can see that the characters are getting older, but what is interesting for me, is that their experience is reflected on their faces. I can’t say what was particularly happing to each sister, but you can read the change on the face. Within a year wrinkles appears and a character that has been emitting a positiveness is all of a sudden marked with a significant worries. How systematic do I have to be in order to show more relevant result of my change? What would my close friends read out of my visuality?
What has changed?

3.000 beer crates

3.000 beer crates, 800 straw bales, 10 m3 of wood and 60 OSB boards, 120 railway sleepers, 1 old shipping container, 2 lorries of clay, 12.000 nails, 1 km of screw-bars, 3.000 wood and metal screws and other joining components, 120 volunteers’ hands, 5.000 volunteers’ hours within three months, 7.000 €…and…no need of official permission:-) All of this was needed to build a new theater within tree months in 2009 in Slovakia. It extraordinary experience being part of this cultural/community center and be able to see how unthinkable ideas are becoming reality in the country where state cultural support is one of the lowest from whole EU. You realize, all you really need is some enthusiastic individuals that are wiling to put their energy in a area that they believe in. Than you “just” need to sustain for several years the pressure of working without funding and the community will slowly start build up.
You can watch the process of this construction in a short film.

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For information about the cultural node Stanica Zilina-Zariecie click here

Eastern block photography


Want to see what’s going on in the “other part” of Europe? You should check out the Sittcomm Award. It is aimed at discovering and presenting young artists from Central and Eastern Europe working with video & photography. Founded in 2006 by Lucia Nimcova and Roman Babjak, it soon became one of the best Award with wide range of international contributions. Since 2010 Sittcomm Award start to cooperate with PhotoMonth, Krakow, Poland, exhibiting the finalist as a part of the fair. Short list for this year was announced couple days ago and I wanted to share its outcomes with you.