The exhibition Foreign Places, Own Territories constitutes of the original cycle of works of the Slovak author Maria Machatová, an artist of the middle generation, at which background stands to some extent conceptual task...
Location: The Nitra Gallery, Salon, Zupne nam. 3, Nitra
Opening: 14.12. 2011 at 5pm
The exhibition runs until: 29.1. 2012
Curators: Eva Kapsova, Marta Huckova
The exhibition Foreign Places, Own Territories constitutes of the original cycle of works of the Slovak author Maria Machatová, an artist of the middle generation, at which background stands to some extent conceptual task: to talk about specific, essentially unremarkable, undistinguished, inconspicuous places, things and environments that are visual counterpart equally at home – in Slovakia, as well as in the alien – “foreign” France.
The author points to a common phenomenon of the non representative, which is present in an environment with different cultural and social history. Ultimately, it depends on the point of view and a specific artistic way of expressing, with which the author evaluates something that might be called the inner life of things, their existential being.
Maria Machatova belongs to established Slovak artists. She alternately lives and works in Slovakia and France. Her themes reflect the response to domestic space and events in the background of exotic, foreign environment with which she was gradually brought closer together, with which she had to identify and cope with. She is dedicated to figurative painting and to images of a country whilst her work also alwys brings psychological moments, the atmosphere of scenes are in connection to personal mood, the author’s introverted nature and there is an intimate treatment of topics. Her works are also exploring the possibilities of classical painting in the context of both photo-realistic tendencies and bad painting.
The author previously exhibited in Slovakia, predominantly outside Nitra. In Nitra, she held a smaller exhibition in the AKCENT gallery and she also exhibited in the group exhibition with The Association of Nitra’s Artists N’89. She also presented herself, with her original thematic cycles, in Bratislava, Banská Bystrica and Orava Gallery. In France, the audience saw her work in the exhibition halls in the region of Provence.
The mature work of the author, who enters in her middle stage of the younger generation is going to be for the first time, in a broad range, with expressive and concise content presented in The Nitra Gallery in December 2011.