Bratislava City Gallery (GMB)
Pálffy palace, Panská 19, Bratislava
Vernisáž 2.11. / 18:00
3. 11. 2022 – 19. 2. 2023

Martin Štrba (* 1961)
Martin Kollár (* 1971)
Ester Sabik (* 1994)

The exhibition is the second project of the Milota Havránková Foundation. In line with the foundation's concept, which is directed at supporting the presentation of photographic works not only of established but also of emerging artists.

The exhibition Quicksand presents a generationally more broadly distributed line of a specific creative approach to photography, where both its principled proximity to other visual media and its overwhelming formal distance are evident, but, above all, it features a great aesthetic, expressiveness, and content synergy resulting from such intermedial connections. Special emphasis is often placed on the construction of pictorial space, reminiscent of the practices of Renaissance or other classical painters. They exploit the tension arising from associative linking of the almost irreconcilable. They rely on a form of collective consciousness of universal communication codes, and at the same time draw on the private experience of the individual, which uniquely shifts the resulting content of the images.

The recent work of all three authors revolves around a fresh, painful, or otherwise wounding and desensitising personal experience that significantly shifted their previous perception of the world and of themselves. Pain (whether psychological or physical) is related to our personal lives, but also to the social space and time in which these lives are situated. Making sense of pain is one of man's most natural desires, and human creation is one way to develop a constructive, supra-individual conversation with it.

Martin Štrba, from the series From Emptiness into Emptiness (2016 – 2021)

Martin Štrba (*1961) often focuses on personal narrative, and the truly essential values of being human: love, trust, closeness, and friendship. He bases his work on lived and seen reality, yet through the medium of photography he replicates its building blocks into new, more ambivalent, and therefore more complex schemes.

Martin Kollár, from the series After (2021)

Martin Kollár (*1971) brings extremely important content and formal impulses to the context of contemporary European documentary filmmaking. He complements his own photographic approaches with directorial strategies, using a peculiar humour that borders on associative irony. He arranges various aspects of cultural, social, and political absurdity into scenic pictorial schemes, while concurrently finding them naturally in reality.

Ester Sabik, First Image of Rain, Arles (2018)

Ester Sabik *1994) works with the photographic medium in a complex, open, and permeable way. She strives for its constant intertwining with the object, installation, and performance to bring into her pictures the most plastic, and at the same time most ambivalent, traces of her personal experience of everyday life.

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Exhibition realised with support from