Text intervention is specifically set in the public space of Bratislava with a rich historical-political context or, more precisely, it is “floating” above it. It is a reflection and meditation of authors regarding the actual social situation. Last year, texts by Peter Esterházy, a Hungarian writer, about the complexity of defining truth were chosen for the artwork of Clouds Košice. This year, they created a text adopting a quotation of a famous Afro-American writer and civil rights activist Alice Malsenior Walker supporting confident perception of one’s own possibilities when making decisions in both private and public life.
Ilona Németh (1963, Dunajská Streda) is a Slovak artist, organizer and curator. She works as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, leading the IN atelier as well as the international education program called Open Studio at the Department of Intermedia of the AFAD in Bratislava. As part of her artistic practice, she is searching for the balance between the personal experience of having grown up in a country typical of great political chaos and the universal history of the countries of the Eastern Bloc during the transition era. She has exhibited in renowned galleries in Slovakia and abroad including Karlín Studios, Praha (solo, 2017); the Gallery of Miloš Alexander Bazovský, Trenčín, (solo, 2017); Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2016); Mestna galerija, Ljubljana (2015); Kunsthalle, Bratislava (2016, 2014); Tranzit Gallery Bratislava (solo, 2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (2013); East Slovak Gallery, Košice (solo, 2012); Domu Umění, Brno (solo, 2012); Ernst Museum, Budapest (solo, 2011), MUMOK, Wien (2009), Prague Biennale (2005, 2007, 2011); as well as in the Pavilion of the Czech and Slovak Republic at the Biennale of Art in Venice (along with Jiří Surůvka, 2001), and most recently, her solo exhibition called Eastern Sugar took place at Kunsthalle Bratislava (2018). She was the co-curator of a series of exhibitions called Universal Hospitality as part of the City Festival of Wiener Festwochen (2016), MeetFactory and FUTURA, Prague (2017); and the project called The Private Nationalism presented in Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow, Dresden, Pécs, Košice and Prague (2015). Her artworks are represented in several collections including the Ludwig Museum Budapest, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moskva; Linea Collection, Bratislava; the Collection of the First Slovak Investment Group (FSIG), Bratislava; the Gallery of the City of Bratislava, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava and many other.
Jaro Varga (*1982) is a Slovak visual artist and curator. He acquired his master’s degree and doctorate at the AFAD in Bratislava. He took part in student exchanges at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wien, the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw and at the Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He
has exhibited at individual and collective exhibitions in Slovakia and abroad. Those include When Artists Speak Truth at The 8 th Floor Gallery in New York (2016), Bucharest Biennale 7 (2016), In Someone Else’s Dream at the SODA Gallery in Bratislava (2017), Missing Something and Itself Missing at the Ivan Gallery in Bucharest (2017) and many other. As part of his art stays, Varga, except for other organizations, also worked in organizations such as Museums Quartier 21 (Wien), Futura (Prague), Heppen Transfer (Warsaw), AIR Krems, ZK/U Berlin - Center for Art and Urbanistics (Berlin), Triangle Arts Association (New York) and in the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul). In 2008 and 2010, he was the finalist of the Oskar Čepán Prize, in 2015, he won the Tatra Banka Foundation Prize and in 2017, he won the NOVUM Foundation Prize for Contemporary Art.
Marian Ravasz (*1963) studied architecture at the Slovak Technical University and graduated in 1991. Later on, he established his own architecture office in Dunajská Streda. In 1992, he worked in Budapest in the MAKONA studio of architecture. Since 2012, he has been the co-founder of the architecture office called Ravasz&amp;partners and is still working there. Since the 1990s, he has been cooperating with Ilona Németh; their common projects include works such as Invitation for Visiting (Pozvanie na návštevu) at the Biennale of Venice in 2001, The IKEA Series or the realizations in the public space such as Capsules (Kapsule), Mirror (Zrkadlo) and many other projects.