Swiss Cottage Gallery presents: Katarina Hruskova
This year’s gallery programme asks: What does it mean to have a voice, and what does it mean to speak? How can we question legacies of equality, history, place and power when thinking about social, cultural and physical visibility?
21 November – 19 January, 2019
Swiss Cottage Gallery proudly presents Katarina Hruskova. Hruskova kneads elements of comfort into unions of unease. She points out the potency of objects and matter that slip under our radar by way of constant presence and proximity. Spaces we casually inhabit, substances we handle, breathe and allow into our stomachs daily and yet, veiled by familiarity, they elude our awareness. She talks of the latently abject, of omitted properties and textures, histories taken for granted. She creates places of safety to nudge at their borders; her work occupies a comfort zone with a fragile ground where stillness provokes action. She seeks to reveal vulnerabilities; instigate moments of recognition and revelation.
At the beginning of the process of making a site specific sound installation for Swiss Cottage Gallery, Hruskova is asking the following questions: What does it mean to be contained by a body? Can voice and language be a means of breaking, extending and redefining its borders? Where is the source of a voice and what determines its reach? How can its vibrations influence and transform objects, bodies and circumstances in its vicinity?
The work wants to offer a poetic interpretation of a political theme; to create an environment where one can encounter and consider one’s embodiment and the voice within it, in order to discover its properties and potential.
About the artist
Katarina Hruskova is a Slovak artist, born in Ruzomberok, Slovakia; currently based in Berlin, Germany.
She studied at the Royal College of Art (MA, 2014) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (BFA, 2010). She has exhibited and performed in the UK, Netherlands, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and Portugal; her recent presentations include Residency Unlimited, (New York, USA), House of Egorn (Berlin, DE), Nitrianska Galeria (Nitra, SK), Galerie TIC (Brno, CZ), Black Tower Projects (London, UK), Institut fuer Bienenzucht (London, UK), Zona Mista (London, UK), Danielle Arnaud Gallery London, UK) and The Bluecoat Liverpool.
Katarina has taken part in residencies in NY (Residency Unlimited, 2018), Italy (Residenza Petrolio, 2015), NY (Brooklyn Langer Residency, 2014) and Slovakia (Banska St a nica Contemporary, 2011 and 2014). She is one of the laureates of the Oskar Cepan Award, YVAA Slovakia (2017).
Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.
About Camden Vox
Taking inspiration from the Women’s Suffrage movement and the centenary of the Representation of the People act, Camden VOX will celebrate and explore themes of equality, place, history and power. Camden’s annual arts programme will offer free and low cost arts and cultural events for those who live, work in and visit the Borough.Through celebrating Camden’s unique spirit which is rebellious, creative and progressive, and working with partners and key cultural institutions in the borough, Camden VOX offers a thought provoking and engaging arts and cultural programme for 2018, featuring theatre, pop-up performance, song, spoken word, exhibitions, commissions and artist led, drop in family friendly workshops across the borough.
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For more information on Camden VOX please visit our programme page!