The hero of Kyša’s artworks can be a person, a place, an animal, a thing. In fact, each of us has a potential to commit a heroic act...
Venue: Youth Gallery – Nitra Gallery,
Župné námestie 3, 949 01 Nitra, Slovakia
Duration: 21. 12. 2011 – 12. 2. 2012
Opening: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Curator: Omar Mirza
After the opening there will be a discussion with the author, which takes place within the project Evenings of Artistic Reflections.
Monuments are erected for historically significant events or personalities – to commemorate important heroes and their heroic deeds. A proper memorial, which is usually a monumental statue, is expected to be built from a durable material, so future generations will remember eternally why and for whom does it stand. Over time however, the perception of many historical events and persons changes, so we are repeatedly, and especially after a regime change, witnessing the demolition of statues, memorials and monuments that are symbols of the times we no longer agree with. But why don’t we build monuments to ordinary people, banal stories and everyday events? These would be universal and nobody would be obliged to demolish them…
Contemporary sculpture may no longer be only a three-dimensional, material and everlasting work, but it can be for instance a situation staged in space or at a specific location. Metaphorically, it is a story taking place in our three-dimensional reality, and its hero can be anyone and anything – this depends only on the author’s imagination.
Jaroslav Kyša is a sculptor who, in addition to “traditional” sculptures, creates ephemeral situations, unnoticeably affecting the public space, critically and wittily commenting on social and political conditions, our mundane present and forgotten past. By creating often absurd situations, he highlights the real absurdity of our lives and casually points out things so obvious that we don’t see them anymore. Under the banal surface of his unexpected and at first sight unnecessary interventions into everyday reality hides a very solid filling. Kyša works with local specifics and the memory of a place while looking for events and uncovering layers which people would rather forget. Either he makes use of found situations or stages and directs his own micro-stories. He is interested in the everydayness of exceptionality and the exceptionality of everydayness.
The hero of Kyša’s artworks can be a person, a place, an animal, a thing. In fact, each of us has a potential to commit a heroic act. But even in ordinary life we are the heroes of our everyday, small deeds. Each of us is equally unique and irrelevant; it depends only on the point of view. For the universe, humanity is a negligible grain of sand, but people often like to think of themselves as being the center of the universe.
The title of the exhibition “We are all heroes” is as ambivalent and polysemous as the exhibited artworks. We are all heroes of our own stories, but we can also be the heroes, or even the co-creators of Kyša’s works. Kyša builds anti-monumental memorials and monuments to events, situations, but also to ordinary objects that we no longer perceive as exceptional. Yet, it is exceptional just that we are here at all…
Jaroslav Kyša was born in 1981 in Žilina. In the years 2000-2007 he studied at the Faculty of Arts of the Technical University in Košice at the Studio of Free Creativity 3D (Prof. Juraj Bartusz). Apart from Slovakia, he exhibited in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Germany, England and Japan. In 2004 he became a finalist of the Oskár Čepan Award, this year he won the international Szpilman Award. He currently lives and works in London.