The exhibition presents a group project by the students of the Department of Applied Art at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava...
The exhibition titled Kinder, Küche, Kirche presents a group project by the students of the Department of Applied Art at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. It is a collective work of Jerguš Gálik, Dávid Kurinec, Štefan Sekáč, Zuzana Svatíková and also Adam Svatík. It has been created and designed specifically for the Bunker’s premises where the exhibition is installed. Its title is related to the time period of Slovak State (1939-1945) and it refers to the slogan “Children, Kitchen, Church” that Nazi Germany used to categorize women and mothers. They were defined as caring and devoted beings that are necessary in the household and who are supposed to raise children – which was considered a model of perfection. This definition that mystified their role also polarized the world of men and women and stressed the superiority of men and inferiority of women. Even today, despite various social clichés and ideological definition levels (radical and extremist theories or feminist movement ideas), women are seen as builders of cozy homes and guardians of the family fireplace.
The main motive of the presented project is the position of women in today’s society that is seen as an important part of the family and the society itself. This fact is often explored with irony by the artists and linked to current, often exaggerated and escalated social tendencies related to extremist and radical political notions and statements. The artists are using a playful and slush form in order to create a pleasant feeling in an otherwise generally negative space (a bunker used for protection during the times of war and conflicts). One of its parts will be used for installation of everyday objects made of porcelain, ceramics and glass together with other artifacts insinuating everyday life and household in the context of the mentioned exhibition space. Another part will feature objects and installations that resemble a somewhat absurd sacred space referring to the already mentioned and sometimes preposterous ideologies. The authors will blend their artistic expression in the form of their original works with various kinds of digital techniques and elements of site-specific and performance art.
Jerguš Gálik, Štefan Sekáč, Zuzana Svatíková and Dávid Kurinec are final-year students at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava at the Department of Applied Art at the Studio of Ceramics (led by MgA. Daniel Piršč) and at the Studio of Glass (led by Mgr. Art. Patrik Illo). They have participated at study stays in Poland, Israel and Estonia and exhibited at various student group exhibitions both in Slovakia and abroad. Adam Svatík studies philosophy at the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University in Prague.