The Fetishes of Today

Exhibition catalog


The publication was published as part of the curatorial exhibition project The Fetishes of Today which was held in the Representative Halls of the Nitra Gallery between December 14, 2018 and March 31, 2019. The exhibition presented Slovak and Czech artists, designers, writers and filmmakers reflecting upon various forms and themes of fetishes and fetishisation in contemporary society.

The bilingual Slovak and English catalog delivers a “manual” for understanding some of the current social phenomena related to fetishes that were presented at the exhibition. It serves as a theoretical extension of the visual part of the curatorial project. The catalog includes texts by the exhibition curators Ľudmila Kasaj Poláčková and Omar Mirza, a sexologist Dana Šedivá, a macroeconomist Tomáš Sedláček, an artist and education specialist Ladislav Čarný as well as short texts explaining the inspiration behind the works by Igor Ondruš and a short story by Peter Krištúfek. The appendix has the form of a short dictionary intended for everyday use.

Besides its documentary purpose, the publication follows the latest trends in graphic design. Its interdisciplinary textual dimension is supposed to guide us through and explain the need, point or pointlessness of human obsessions, (un)damaging deviations and rituals.

Concept: Ľudmila Kasaj Poláčková and Omar Mirza
Texts: Ľudmila Kasaj Poláčková, Omar Mirza, Jan Švankmajer, Dana Šedivá, Tomáš Sedláček, Ladislav Čarný, Igor Ondruš, Peter Krištúfek
Graphic design: Filip Jurković
Publisher: Nitra Gallery, 2018
ISBN: 978-80-85746-82-2
Number of copies: 300
Number of pages: 144
Price: 2 €

This publication has been supported using public funds provided by Slovak Arts Council. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Council cannot be held responsible for the information contained therein.
The Slovak Arts Council was the main partner of the project.