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Listening to the waterfalls of the sun*

Exhibition at tranzit sk

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Artists: Eglė Budvytytė, Kasha Potrohosh, Viktória Revická, Jura Shust, Ádám Ulbert, Alicja Wysocka

Curated by Flóra Gadó

14.04. – 14.07.2023
Opening: 14 April 2023, 6 p.m.

Opening performance: Viktória Revická: Fermentation Motion, 2023

Venue: tranzit.sk, Beskydská 12, Bratislava
Open: Tuesday – Friday: 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.


The exhibition is inspired by recent interest in spiritual worldviews and the revival of ancient knowledge in contemporary art. In times of crisis such as the current one, it becomes more understandable that artists turn towards those oft-hidden stories and non-scientific approaches which helped people get through difficulties in the past and which are now worth reconsidering. They ask: what can we learn from past belief systems and ways of thinking? How can we revisit folk traditions without repeating far-right nationalist rhetoric? How can we create more resilient communities and within these communities new rituals in order to shape a livable present and future?

The exhibition examines the ecological crisis of our present from this specific angle and takes us back to times when people had a different, more holistic relationship with nature.
References to former magical rituals, folk traditions and questions around healing and ethnomedicine resonate in the exhibited works by artists from the wider Eastern-European region. However, while revisiting the past, artists don't get stuck there; they believe that if we revisit these ancient belief systems we might be able to find various survival strategies which could be useful today. They also often depart from their historical starting point; they change the stories and create their own altered versions. As a result, storytelling and speculative fiction could emerge as a useful strategy in order to imagine possible futures. Thus, instead of following a linear chronology, the exhibition highlights fragmented episodes from the past and visions of a livable future in the works, which range from moving images through mixed media installations to performative events.

*The title of the exhibition is an adaptation of a line from the poem Dogfish by Mary Oliver.

Opening performance: Viktória Revická: Fermentation Motion, 2023
Performed by: Viktória Revická, Nela Rusková, Kristián Šmelko

Viktória Revická will adapt her previous video performance Fermentation Motion into a live event. It will take place parallel to the opening of the exhibition as a durational performance which transforms the process of fermentation into bodily movements.
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Flóra Gadó, a curator, researcher and art critic based in Budapest, has been working as a curator at the municipal contemporary art center Budapest Gallery since 2018. She holds a PhD in Film, Media and Cultural Studies from Eötvös Loránd University (2021) and has curated several exhibitions both in Hungary and the neighboring countries, including TIC Gallery (Brno), Julius Koller Society (Bratislava), Trafó Gallery (Budapest) and within the framework of OFF-Biennale Budapest. In the past years she has taken part in several curatorial residency programs, including MeetFactory in Prague, Brno House of Arts, KAI Tallinn and the East Art Mags program for art critics in Romania and Poland. She has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Art and Design at Budapest Metropolitan University since 2019 and has regularly contributed to various art education contexts such as the Curatorial Studies program at the University of Fine Arts (Budapest) and AFAD (Bratislava). Her writing has appeared in magazines such as artportal.hu, Műértő, Flash Art (Czech and Slovak Edition), and Kajet Journal. In the fall of 2021 she enrolled in the Curatorial Practice Program at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen. Her field of interest is currently centered around the politics and poetics of care, where she examines artistic practices which reflect on how our image of care, including care for ourselves, for others and for our environment, has changed in recent decades.

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ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit.

Supported using public funding by the Slovak Arts Council.

The project has been kindly supported by the Polish Institute in Bratislava.

Media partners:
Artalk.sk, Flash Art CZ & SK, Kapitál, GoOut.net

Graphic design: Bálint Jákob



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Downloads
Exhibition Leaflet (pdf, 1.2 mb)