THE ARCHIPELAGO

Discovering two sides of Schengen EU border, The Archipelago project is a result of research on communities in Capeverde islands and Cova da Moura, a neighbourhood of predominantly capeverdian immigrants in Lisbon. Built on a hill in Amadora, periphery town of Lisbon suburban area, a net of colourful two floor houses that spreads irregularly reminds of a crowdy island in the middle of a city. It is not even a symbolism to say that Cova da Moura, as well as other immigrants neighbourhoods around the world is one more of Capeverdian islands. Although the younger generation have created its own, specific culture based on hip hop and rap, the community in Lisbon remains in a lively cultural and economic contact with their families in Capeverdes. The Archipelago project is an attempt to portrait this connection through photos, traditional crafts, murals, videos and sculptures, often with participation of both communities - the young generation, but also craftswomen and craftsmen - as for example 9 women ceramists from Trás di Munti, a village of Santiago island.
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NOR TORTOISE NOR BLADES OF GRASS

In an old Taoist story, a dismissed emperor's servant comes to an old prophet to ask about the right way of living: is it to live honestly, speak truth, face the authorities and live in poverty, or is it to be submissive and cunning, to gain success? The prophet puts aside his tools: There are questions that nor tortoise shell, nor blade of grass can answer.
The work, created during my stay in Seoul is based on such unanswered questions, missing statements, unfinished thoughts.
All of this work is a response to Korean experience, sometimes playful, sometimes poetic, sometimes critical. A result of many walks and bicycle rides through the city, trying to portray it, trying to slowly understand it.
5 months stay in Seoul is enough to overcome expectations and preconceived ideas and starting to see deeper causes behind the facade of the city. But not enough to fully understand.

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A TRAVEL TO THE PALA ISLAND

The action that consisted of a guided travel in search of a mythical island Pala, was a result of an invite by Kunsthalle Bratislava to give a new, artistic life to a common bus stop.  Based on a book The Island by Aldous Huxley, the action was an attempt to find the utopic island of happiness and harmony in Bratislava city, in the middle of it's urban lifestyle and historic scars. The travel to the Pala Island is my own reconstruction of Huxley's symbolics: instead of building a better society in remote area, we should look for it in the place, we live in. The action started with announcement of a guided tour on a light-box of the bus stop and ended with a construction of Pala station that participants of the tour found on the same place they departed from.

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DBSP 01

Space capsule discovered in Central Slovakia
BB- An object reminiscent of a space capsule was found on the hill in the periphery of Dubravica village. Two beehives with bee colonies were found inside. The space capsule was discovered by Ján Zepka, a local fireman, who declared that the object was built by his friend, a local beekeeper, who went missing this summer. The villagers were surprised to find the bees in the capsule completely unaffected by a recent virus that had spread across the country, leaving all the colonies severely decimated. Sample bees from these two colonies are currently being studied in a laboratory, as some believe they developed a special antibody towards the virus.

Mr. Zepka spoke about the beekeeper's theory of “Mirror Land.” It is an unconventional belief that a planet similar to Earth is sharing the same orbit with our planet, but it's view is always covered by the Sun. Some villagers were speculating that the missing beekeeper had really traveled into space, to prove his theory, or to save his bees from the virus.

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INSTRUMENT FOR LISTENING


Instrument for Listening | 240 x 240 x 350 cm | wood,
plywood, acry
lic paint, sound system | Dallas, USA | 2013
Historically, the megaphone has been a tool for people to express their opinions, their wishes and their needs. Instrument for Listening is inspired by this function, but focuses on people who are on both sides of this tool – the ones listening, as well as the ones who are speaking. The project consists of three main phases: building a sculptural form, which serves as tabula rasa, a space for expression; working with teenagers from the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff to create a pattern that reflects their life and the life of Hispanic community in their neighborhood; and interviewing community members, including dancers, artists, journalists, mothers, teachers, musicians, and business owners, to capture stories, opinions and dreams in the most objective, documentary way. The fourth, symbolic phase of the project is directed towards the listener who can hear the stories through incorporated audio system.
Instrument for Listening is a part of Make Art with Purpose - MAP 2013, in Dallas, USA.

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NOMADIA AT MUTUO CENTRO DE ARTE

Nomadia, Mutuo Centro de Arte, 16 x 4 m acrylic on wall, 2013
As a continuation of the idea of Travelling Museum of Nomadia, a temporary mural was painted in Mutuo, art center in Barcelona. Tents of various nomadic cultures next to refugee tents and protest camps shelters are levitating in between skyscrappers of imaginary city. As the orders of eviction, shrinking pastures and harsh social and political conditions have pushed the habitants of these tents to the periphery - in my artist imagination I gave them the vast space of all of us, the air above us. The mural of 16 x 4 m was complemented by informative panel with history of each tent and NOMADIA flag.
In addition to this project, Nomadia took part in non - traditional exhibition at Venice Lido beach in 2013. The exhibition organized by HudRada was a tribute to all kinds of temporary shelters, being related to Nomads, homeless, or Roma people.
link to the project: http://unionofhovels.tumblr.com/curatorial%20text%20english
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SLOV MOTORS

Slov Motors  | traditional vowen carpets, 140 x 250 x 100 cm;
HD video, 6´29” | 2013
The work created in collaboration with Otília Kadašiová.
Slovakia passed through contradictory social and economical changes since early nighties. Slovena, the traditional carpet and textile producer, established in Žilina in 1891 did not survive the start of global capitalism and entry of the asian textile into the Slovak market. Few years later Korean automobile company Kia Motors become an economic stimulus of the region. Slovakia is one of dominant European nations in production of automobiles per capita even though none of the car companies has a Slovak owner. Parallel to these economic changes, in the villages surrounding the car company the traditional Slovak art and craft survives and revives. The work replaces the production of closed Slovena factory by fictious model of new Slovak vehicle – a flying carpet under the brand Slov motors. The model was created in cooperation with a veawer Otilia Kadasiova from Strecno village next to Žilina. It was mostly created from
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CLUSTER BOMBS FOR SALE

cluster bomb/popcorn stand during the campaign of
Amnesty in front of presidential palace in Bratislava 
Slovakia is one of four countries of Europe that did not sign an international treaty about banning cluster munition. Although cluster bombs are generally considered non-humane, causing uncontrolled harm to humans and often used in densely populated areas, many countries keep using them, producing, storing and selling them around a world. For 2013 campaign of amnesty international I designed a stand inspired by those at military, gun shows. The banners said "cluster bombs for sale", instead of bombs the volunteers from Amnesty offered flyers and popcorn. The cracking of popcorn was often used to describe the sound of cluster bombs by their victims and is also a slang term used for cluster munition by US soldiers (USA is one of the countries with highest use and production of these bombs).Unfortunately for the premiere of the stand at presidential palace the selling of popcorn wasn't allowed for legal reasons. The part of the campaign was an animated video showing an attack of popcorn on center of Bratislava. The campaign of Amnesty is sill going on and you can join the petition on: http://amnesty.sk/stopkazetovymbombam/

NOMADIA TRAVELLING MUSEUM

Nomadia is an imaginary country, without traced borders, without land ownership. As it extends over nationalities, it extends over time – the past, present and the future are all interconnected.
Nomadia is a country of travelers in tents. Its history is unwritten, and floats only from the mouth to ear of storytellers.
I was inspired by present events of occupy movement in USA, Indignados in Spain, Acampamentos in Portugal, where tents and camping became a form of pacific but powerful protest. Tents have been used in different cultures, as North American indigenous people, Mongolian shepherds and Sahara tribes. All these nations and tribes were living just with basics, to own luxurious and heavy things just wasn´t useful for someone, who is always ready for a journey. To live in the tent is almost to live as one with nature and therefore people of Nomadia don´t consider Nature a property of man, but a man being part of the Nature. I consider this way of thinking and living very meaningful in today´s situation.

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IF I HAD A RIVER


My work is an experimental model of utopic sustainable unit for one man / family. The boat with small garden is independent on location, independent on state politics, world economy, fossil fuels and global corporations. It is an idealised solution for economic and ecological crisis. But my ideal for such a life is not an isolation of man, but to the contrary - cooperation and help to each other. That is why a tent for guests is a part of this boat. Every visitor of  the exhibition is symbollicaly invited inside. He has right to take with him a fruit, herb, or seds and dried fruits from the storage part of the boat. But the boat needs also participation and help - to take care and energy to the plants - to water them, cutting dried leaves, to compost...
Even if it is unreal for a mankind to move from soil into similar boats, the first step to change is a different, more sensible approach to nature and to each
other.
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CORN SONG

Exhibition at Galéria mladých (Gallery of youth), Nitrianska Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia
According to Native Americans tradition I performed improvised music for the field of corn in Corn Belt area of USA. Native Americans believed that the corn will grow better, if they will sing songs to the field. In my case I played for genetically modified corn for industrial production. I collected some of this corn to prepare bread, that works as headphones to listen the original music. The work is questioning the process of creation of our food, which has turned many times dehumanized, denaturalized, and we are actually creating an artificial nature.
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THE WHALE WORLD & SLEEPERS

How would you visually imagine earth as one living organism? As something strong and fragile at the same time, something responding, reacting to our actions? I was looking for an image to illustrate this idea. That led me to the vision of the city on the back of the whale: while the city is over the sea level, the whale swims under it. It is a question of will and question of time, if the whale will hold the city, or just dive into deep waters.

The exhibition Sleepers shows scenes from different places in the world, where mostly young people suffer consequences of global market. Sleep is a form of non violent resistance; or in other case just a response of the body to the unbearable working pressure.

The Whale World mural and the exhibition "Sleepers" was conceived for Nástupišťe 1-12, alternative cultural space in Topoľčany, Slovakia.read more...

LONG LONG ROAD

After exploring the theme of immigrants in the artwork and living the life of immigrant partially too, what all the time stroke me as the most fascinating and most tragic part of the story was the road. The immigrants on the way to USA or Europe need to cross the desert, cross the sea, run from the border control. In these situations they are as fragile as little figures made of cotton and wood crossing vast areas. I created these figures using natural materials and filmed them continually in different locations – mostly natural environments in USA, Portugal, Spain and Slovakia. 
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THE PRICE OF WATER


Project “The Price of Water” is an interactive video-installation based on stop-motion animation. The animation is created by rather unusual technique: by continuous repainting of the same canvas. The video represents water seller from Mauritania who repeatedly performs simple action – he takes plastic bag, fills it with water and lays it in front of him to be sold. This simple activity of the seller, dressed in traditional clothes is intentionally portrayed as a form of a ritual – to question the value of the water. In dry land as Mauritania, water could have higher value then oil. 
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THE BAY PLAY

During my stay in San Francisco in 2010 and later on in 2011 in Berkeley and Bay Area I created a serie of site- specific works. These can work separately, but also together as a way of mapping the area through small interventions in a playfull way, where the locations served as a first inspiration for an idea. read more...

100 SMALL HURTS

The reconstruction of the Skoda 100 L MB created for an exhibition Voices from the Center at threewalls gallery in Chicago.
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TRAFFIC JAM

This exhibition is an experiment: to look at the world from an economic perspective. The view with makro lens, capturing the whole landscape; buildings cars banks boats crowds. The personal is lost: It is an attempt to portrait the world, an such an attempt will always fail...



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IF THE POWER OF WORD COULD HOLD A MAN

My work is in many cases a reflection of actual: what I read and what I see in newspapers, internet
and television. The 90% of human catastrophies, natural disasters, political scandals turned into
my almost everyday doping - a resource for false feeling of being present, being THERE.
The death of human somewhere in between of the lines becomes banal in the multitude of cases.
But if the report about that death would not be spoken out loudly, would it be better?
I decided to create this work about it, referencing specially the cases of illegal immigrants risking
death trying to cross the sea dividing Africa and Europe on fragile boats.
In this work I translated the situation of worldwide news into one simplified equation: If the power
of words can save a man, then I can build a boat from newspaper and sail through the sea.

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SHANTY TOWN AT CORONA HEIGHTS

Today´s world economy cannot be divided into independent sectors, it works like one big, organic worldwide cloud. Everything is related.
One cannot find real shanty town in San Francisco, but Bay Area industry certainly has some influence over urban areas in developing economies worldwide.
So I believe, that San Francisco should have shanty town, although just a miniature one. In a shanty town spirit, it is built from reused material, mostly cartoon and it is situated at not habited spot of the city, raw, wild looking Corona Heights.

SKIER IN COVA DA MOURA

This painting of the skier was installed in Cova da Moura, neighbourhood in the periphery of Lisbon habited mostly by people from Cabo Verde. The person who moved from its country of origin to culturally different environment is sometimes like the skier in the city, or the skier in the summer: using the tools he has in inappropriate situation. More than to show this work to the audience of gallery, i wished to bring it close to the people, who it is talking about...
I would like to thank to people from Associacão cultural Moinho da Juventude (specially Lieve and Mimi) and people from Cova da Moura for their support and enthusiasm. Big thanks to Mariana Ribeiro for her help.