The exhibition project Stories About (of) Death is my subjective (curatorial) narration about various visual forms of death, its reminders and consequences....
The exhibition project Stories About (of) Death is my subjective (curatorial) narration about various visual forms of death, its reminders and consequences. The exhibition is divided into three different conceptual lines: the art program of some of the participating artists ended prematurely as a result of various lethal consequences (Ivan Kasaj, Eugen Nevan, Cyprián Majerník, Bety Majerníková, Jozef Mihál, Michal Moravčík, Zolo Palugyay, Boris Perfecký); then there are artists who experienced the death of a loved one which influenced a part of their work (Peter Barényi, Mira Gáberová, Katarína Janečková Walshe, Jana Kapelová); and finally there are artists who are fascinated by death and its various forms which has an effect on their artistic expression (Robert Bielik, András Cséfalvay, Martin Gerboc, Vincent Hložník, Filip Jurković, Adam Novota, Maroš Rovňák, Rudolf Sikora, Boris Sirka, Jozef Vrtiak, Vladislav Zabel).
The Representative Halls of the Nitra Gallery offer their visitors a chance to confront themselves with various works about death and self-reflectively talk to themselves or their own experience(s) with death as it is a part of our lives. It may sound pathetic, but without death, we cannot fully understand life itself. The exhibition covers three “forms of death” that can be a memory, confrontation, coping with the death of a loved one and an aesthetic reflection. This timeless theme can be potentially close to anyone who has met death and they are trying to live with it.
Stories About (of) Death has been my most personal curatorial public exposure so far. They were created at a time of pain and sorrow when I could only hope I would have a chance to create Stories About Life one day. The project and its form have matured gradually. Most of all, the exhibition is supposed to be my personal testimony as told by others – the artists and their works. It is a testimony of a curator (narrator) who lost her husband and uses different stories and themes of death to talk about it. The exhibition catalogue will include contributions by: Patrícia Dobríková (a specialist in the field of palliative care), Sabína Gáliková Tolnaiová (a philosopher), Michal Havran (a journalist), Monika Hudecová (a clinical psychologist), Luboš Kürthy (an art historian). What all of the addressed have in common is their either personal or professional experience with death.