Artist: Petra Feriancová
Title: Domain: Water
Venue: ZAHORIAN & VAN ESPEN Bratislava
Tell me about those Antigone’s eyes. Grieving, yet set to see
her intention through.
For a year, the isolation grew.
Only those pages kept her
Almost as Francesca da Rimini,
but with a lot of Cassandra’s style sentiment. Old those men of the olden days.
Byron, Shelley, Stendhal,
And Italy exists for her,
only when she’s on the road. Foggy depictions, photo-archeology, Archeology of photography. Single-Use Camera,
films pilling up,
brought to life without determination
to track time,
with painterly qualities.
Lines and shapes hazy,
and shattered by the past.
I mean, don’t be such a Cassandra.
It’s but a wave. Single magnificent wave. And all the romanticism gets sheltered,
in the strictness of a gallery glass,
and pure geometry of the frames.
What cried imperfection,
Its is a storage,
don’t give me that self-indulgent crap about the importance of the archive. These are simple pieces of a stage design, an edifice in ruins. A cloud in formation. Tears dried. Mind in flux preserved.
A wave. A wave you can surf on.
And you know what,
it’s like wine,
it gets better with age.
Tell me about those Antigone’s eyes …
“This mood makes itself felt everywhere, politically, socially, and philosophically. We are living in what the Greeks called the καιρóς (Kairos) – the right time – for a “metamorphosis of the gods,” i.e. of the fundamental principles and symbols.’ C. G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self (1958)” / Jen Kratochvil
Petra Feriancová was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1977. In 2013, she represented Slovakia and the Czech Republic at the 55th Biennial of Venice In 2011 she was a resident at ISCP, New York, US, and in 2010, she was awarded the Oskar Cepan Prize for young visual artists organised by the FCS Foundation for a Civil Society.
Selected solo exhibitions include:
PHYLUM: PORIFERA, Zahorian Van Espen, Prague, CZ, Breeder, KINGDOM: AVES, Július Koller Society, Bratislava, SK, (both 2021), CUM NATURA, 5th edition of Hydrozoa, Centraleuropean gallery, Banská Bystrica, SK; Ego in habitat, Gilda Lavia, Rome, IT; She Was Unaware of her Borders, HDLU Mestrovic pavilion, Zagreb, HR; Fabvlae, Villa D’Este,Tivoli, IT (all 2020); Lebenswelt, Significant Other, Vienna, AT (2019); Personale, Gilda Lavia, Rome, IT; Klaviatura, Viltin, Budapest, HU; I Am Losing My Beauty Together With My Interest in Beautiful Things, Baril, Cluj, RO; Becoming Animal, Tenderpixel, London, UK (all 2018); Systems, Individuals and Measuring Tools, Bòlit Centre d’Art Contemporani, Girona, SP; Survivals, Relicts, Souvenirs, Apoteka, Dignano, Croatia, HR; An Exhibition on Doubt, MAN_Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, IT; (all 2016); Vulnerable, Yet Everlasting, Viltin Gallery, OFF Biennale Budapest, HU (2015); Things that Happen, and Things that are Done. On Beginnings and Matter, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, IT (2014); Still the Same Place, An Order of Things (with Zbynek Baladrán), Czech and Slovak Pavilion, Venice Biennale, IT (2013); A Study of the Secondary Plan, Dumb, The House Of Arts, Brno, CZ (2012); Postsriptum to Childe Harold’s Pilgrimge, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK (2011); Theory of a City or the Possibilities of an A4, ISCP, New York, US (2011).