Since 2014 we have organised 5 years of art residencies, workshops and professional lectures on the theme „contemporary art & craft“ in cooperation with Slovak galleries from different regions.
„Together we have experienced a lot, we have learnt a lot and we have confirmed our ideas that we need to place contemporary Slovak art souvenir into the majority and also to foreign countries. We want our souvenirs (as memorabilia from trips, as a gift from Slovakia or as an artistic object) to have visual value, story and art value. We still believe that this world needs more art and beauty and less mass products or cheap textile,“says author.
The base for the work was in Galéria umelcov Spiša in Spišská Nová Ves. During the 4 day residence there was a very rich program also for public: workshops, presentations of artists and lectors on chosen topic (Lecture about Slovak important and famous ornamentalist Štefan Leonard Kostelníček – speaker PhDr. Gabriela Čiasnohová. Another point was the presentation of famous Slovak artist Jozef Hanula or stabile exhibition Terra Gothica. Very interesting part was also a trip to Gothic path where we have attended the places like church of St. Jakub in Levoča, cathedral of St. Martin in Spišská Kapitula, church of Holly Spirit in Žehra, but also a technical monuments on map of „Black Holles“ Turzovské Spa in Gelnica, Čiernohorské spa in Nálepkovo, iron and steel work in Stará Maša in Krompachy). The final souvenirs (art pieces, that were designed and created by artists) are representing the modern art view on the Slovak souvenir and are inspired by Spiš as a pearl of Slovakia.
The Residents of the 5th year “vytvorené na Slovensku _ suvenír” Spiš 2020:
Annamária Mikulík – product design and jewellery
Eva Čarnoká Tkáčiková - graphic and sketches
Samo Čarnoký – graphic design and typography
Lucia Tallová - painting
Tero Abaffy - sketches and graphic
Jakub Liška - ceramics, architecture and design
Michal Šumichrast - student VŠVU, graphic and other media
Nina A. Šošková - sculpture, author of the project “suvenir”
Galéria umelcov Spiša
Zimná 46, Spišská Nová Ves
22.02.2021 - 31.10.2021