A common feature in the works of both artists is working with memory as a process, a dynamic mechanism of retaining, recalling and storing the information we encounter...
The exhibition project titled presence/absence introduces the works of Maija Laurinen and Iva Sýkorová. The visual languages these artists use to express themselves differ but their works share a certain artistic statement fragmentation and playing with the viewer. It is as if something is missing from the works of both artists, and it is the viewers’ responsibility as to how, or indeed whether, they are able to understand, see and thus also read the story regarding things which don’t seem to be there at all at first glance.
A common feature in the works of both artists is working with memory as a process, a dynamic mechanism of retaining, recalling and storing the information we encounter. Retaining and recalling information is often influenced by “triggers”, which enable us to recall even seemingly forgotten pieces of information in a certain situation, and in this way, events, people and situations that we consider absent (or forgotten) can emerge from our subconscious for a short while at certain moments.
Maija Laurinen works with a visual language reduced to a minimum, plays with light, principles of illusion and a certain ‘magical’ mysteriousness. In Nitra Gallery, she will present herself with a video series depicting a short moment, a memory of something that has passed, though it seems as if it was still here. Iva Sýkorová’s series is a document set on the principle of a photographic diary, an intimate testimony revealing – through past memories (of experienced events, relationships, which after some time become mere fragments) – the emptiness of the life period she currently finds herself in.
Maija Laurinen (1978) is a Finnish artist who works alternately in Slovakia and in Finland. In 2009 she completed her Master’s studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Photography and the New Media, in Filip Vančo’s studio.
Iva Sýkorová (born in 1984) completed her Master’s studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Photography and the New Media (Filip Vančo’s studio) in 2009. She is one of the founders of PORT No. 21 magazine, which is dedicated to visual art and photography.