Virtual mental maps of non-existent landscapes through a collective memory of the local residents...
The long-term interests of Lucia Horňáková Černayová are the values of material, social and artistic entities. She is currently pursuing the theme of non-existent objects and spaces while focusing on the concept of emptiness which has already been elaborated on several times in the history of art. At the same time she is trying to describe her own definitions of something that has been called an inner landscape, collective memory and mental map. She touches on the topic of activism, while exploring the flaws of social assurances in the today world.
Presented at the exhibition is a project titled orchard_tree_house_, which is a continuation to one of her previous projects called Under the Surface. Her installation presents virtual mental maps of non-existent landscapes through a collective memory of the local residents (photographs, texts, video footage). An important component of her work is the cooperation with some of the former residents of areas currently lying at the bottom of the Nosice dam. The artist uses art to express her long-term interest in the areas, towns and villages which had to be relocated and abandoned as a result of dam constructions. She asks existential questions such as, “How does it feel to see your own house being demolished?” She is interested in the fate of people that could take place anywhere, not just in Nosice or Slovakia and that are influenced by either man or nature. In this work she sees the surface as a symbolic, time-dividing line between now and then.
The artist responds to the issues of Slovak agriculture and a sentimental relationship to seeding. She also pays attention to the neglected and decaying orchards between Stupava and Lamač which slowly turn into either shopping malls or luxurious properties for the development of new houses in the Bratislava’s satellites. This progress seems to be irreversible; it disrupts natural biotopes and turns the original landscape right into the mouths of financial developers who feed on it as modern predators.
Lucia Horňáková Čeranyová (*1983, Nové Zámky) studied at the Department of Interactive Painting at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica under prof. Stranislav Balko in 2001-2005 and at the Department of (Enviromental) Conceptual Tendencies at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Brno University of Technology under prof. Vladimír Merta in 2005-2008. Her work has been presented in both Czech and Slovak Republics at several joint or individual exhibitions. She presented herself at the Youth Gallery in Nitra at a joint exhibition called By Stairs in 2004 and she also held her own exhibition titled At Home at the Bunker in 2011. Since 2013 she has been co-managing the project HALL Merina in Trenčín. Samples of her work can be found at www.luciahornak.sk