|Title||Cosmos, Fiction and Transcendence: Photography and Conceptual Art in Communist Bratislava|
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.
|Keywords||Július Koller, Rudolf Sikora and Ľubomír Ďurček, Conceptual Art, Photography|
|Conference||52nd Annual ASEEES Convention|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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