Cosmos, Fiction and Transcendence: Photography and Conceptual Art in Communist Bratislava

Gortazar, P. 2020. Cosmos, Fiction and Transcendence: Photography and Conceptual Art in Communist Bratislava . 52nd Annual ASEEES Convention. Washington DC, USA 08 Jun - 05 Nov 2021

Title Cosmos, Fiction and Transcendence: Photography and Conceptual Art in Communist Bratislava
AuthorsGortazar, P.
Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analyse the development of Conceptual Art in Bratislava during the communist period, with specific emphasis on the practices produced throughout the so-called ‘Normalisation’ (1968–1989). The text starts by introducing the functioning mechanisms of the Czechoslovakian artistic scene of the time. It then moves on to analyse the work of Július Koller, Rudolf Sikora and Ľubomír Ďurček. It would be argued that, despite the difficult conditions for art production present in Bratislava during Normalisation years, Conceptual Art served its precursors as an escape valve for their political vindications, which they manifested through the use of puns, parody, irony, metaphors and the design of elaborated cosmological fictions through utopian and dystopian projections of their own political and cultural reality. In doing so, the unique properties of photography, such as its reduced size, low cost and indexical qualities, turned the medium into the most suitable form to materialise their conceptual practice.

KeywordsJúlius Koller, Rudolf Sikora and Ľubomír Ďurček, Conceptual Art, Photography
Year2020
Conference52nd Annual ASEEES Convention
Accepted author manuscript
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://convention2.allacademic.com/one/aseees/aseees20/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Paper&selected_paper_id=1652174&PHPSESSID=v5va05ia7i039sd1b6bg71l5v8
Web address (URL)https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/aseees/aseees20/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Paper&selected_paper_id=1652174&PHPSESSID=v5va05ia7i039sd1b6bg71l5v8

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