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MOTHER-SHIP NGC 224

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Monday, 25 December 2023
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Saturday, 2 December 2023 - 8:00pm

The exhibition develops the theme of utopia and the search for home, which the artist has been dealing with for a long time, expanded into cosmology and modern spiritual mythology within the oscillation between the past and the future. The title Mother-ship NGC 224 refers to the search for a new home in the universe, which is related to the current tendencies of space exploration (utopia) and at the same time to the necessity to search for another planet due to the unfavourable development of the ecological situation (dystopia). "NGC 224" is the code name for Andromeda, our nearest large galaxy. The mothership is an unidentifiable object of the forgotten memory of the future; it is a spaceship with a focus on feminine creative energy - a new version of the patriarchal Noah's Ark.

The site-specific installation explores the possibilities of painting in an expanded field in a multimedia connection. The supporting colours, in addition to basic black and white, are indigo blue (symbolizing space, seafaring/space expeditions), pink (reference to utopia, sweetness of dreaming, childhood, womb), yellow and gold (the Sunshine State, the golden age of humanity, treasure hunters). Recycled materials combined with video projection and UV light, create an interesting environment within an independent gallery space that bears the hallmarks of a socialistic period. The exhibition is augmented by audio signals from space, processed NASA database records.

Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.

Artist ( Description ): 

Katarína Balúnová (1982) completed her doctoral studies at the Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica in 2019, where she currently works as an assistant professor. In 2004 - 2010 she studied at the Faculty of Arts of the Technical University in Kosice, Slovakia. She completed study stays at Accademia di Belle Arti, L'Aquila (2007), Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest (2018 - 2019), Institute of Fine Arts, Jan Kochanowski University, Poland (2020 - 2021) and Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (2021 - 2022). Her work deals with themes of utopia and personal mythology, oscillating between the past and the future. She works in a wide range of media, from painting, installation to video and performance. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, from China to the USA. She lives in Bratislava, Slovakia. www.katarinabalunova.com

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M. R. Štefánika 2329, 076 02 Trebišov, Slovakia

3B Culture , Kosice

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