BIELA NOC Bratislava 27. — 29. september

Dom Quo Vadis / Stanislav Piatrik - Čakanie na svetlo / SK

Hurbanovo námestie 1
Curator: Daniela Čarná Duration of the exhibition: September 28 – October 31, 2018 On September 28, 2018 open from 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM Opening hours: Monday-Thursday: 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM | Friday: 03:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Sunday: 05:30 PM – 09:30 PM Waiting for light can have various forms. In fourteen photographs, symbolical fourteen stations by Stanislav Piatrik, there is no common visual code we could use to decipher them. Portrait, landscape, still-life, urban scenery, color and contrast of black and white, private and public, crowd and individual, ordinary and ceremonial, magical and common. What they do have in common, though, is the attitude of openness of searching for the author – pilgrim. In the passivity of waiting and activity of searching: he immediately captures the moment and patiently constructs the shot elsewhere. We could also call them waiting for a miracle. A miracle of everydayness. In his pictures-photographs, thrill and expectation changes peace and stillness. Openness to here and now. In author’s photographs, light is both artificial and natural, internal and external. Ecologists and theologians point out that using artificial light nowadays has distanced us from the experience of light and darkness in their natural form. Except for visual and information smog, we also get hit by light smog which is the reason why we can no longer see the night sky the way we used to in the past. This also applies to the spiritual level – to be able to see the light, we must be surrounded by darkness: “He uncovers the deeps out of darkness and brings deep darkness to light.” (Job 12, 22). The spiritual experience of many saints just proves that, such as the one of John of the Cross: “Faith is a dark night for man, but in this very way it gives him light.” Light is a symbol of spiritual world: it is one of the very basic characteristics of God: “The Lord is our light” (psalm 118, 27), Jesus Christ is born to the world as “the Light of the World” (John 8, 12). Saint Bonaventure speaks about various forms of light: light as lux – the light itself, lumen – glowing light, splendor – shine, resplendence and color – glancing away from a non-transparent object. The experience with abundance of artificial light leads to it being used in a more sensitive way in both profane and sacral spaces and to repeated comeback to the candle light in liturgy, during morning services celebrated during advent or during the Holy Fire ceremony. There is something archetypical in light, something crucial, and even purgatory and changing, we could say: “I was blind but now I see” (John 9, 25). The liturgical space and time became subject to author’s investigation earlier, in his dissertation work called Liturgy – A Space for Intermedia Projection (2014). A collage of parallel video records was created as a result of time-lapse material during the forty days of the Lenten season, from Ash Wednesday to Resurrection Sunday in a church in Hontianske Trsťany where the author comes from. He seeks the possibilities of visualizing an authentic autobiographic experience in various media, in the role of an observer, interpret and in the role of a performer, such as in the performance called Penitence (Pokánie) (2012, with Marek Halász), in which a prayer was portrayed in time, space and matter, through molding plastics in the shape of his kneeling body, or in the 24-hur adoration – A Prayer for Culture (Modlitba za kultúru) (2011), or in body-art performances such as Matrix as a Ring (Matrica ako ring) (since 2013, with Peter Valiska-Timečko). The author pointed out the importance of interrelations among the photographs – metaphorically, this can also be applied to vertical and horizontal relations each of us builds in life.
Stanislav Piatrik (1979) studied graphic design and free fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Banská Bystrica. Using various media ranging from drawing, graphic design, performance, installation, video and photography, he visually reflects on both visible and invisible forms of religion in everyday world.