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Dudas Brothers Together / Every Man for Himself


Authors: Dudas Brothers
Exhibition title: Together / Every Man for Himself
Venue: Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, Synagogue – Center of Contemporary Art, Halenárska 2, Trnava
Curator: Roman Popelár
Opening: Tuesday 13 May 2014, 18:00
Duration: 13.5.2014 (Tuesday) – 15.6.2014 (Sunday)

The exhibition of brothers Juraj (born 1975 in Trnava) and Ivan (born 1980 in Trnava) Dudáš is their first joint project since 2011. Artistic creation of both authors oscillates at the intersection of political and social activism. They usually directly respond to social situation in a global or regional context. In this presentation they decided to reflect tense and confusing political situation in Ukraine. The exhibition consists in interpretation of the events of recent weeks or months. One object, two interactive video installations, text, performance. They let their works without comment, the visitor becomes an observer and participant who may (but does not have to) intervene in the picture. The authors´ interpretation is contained in the symbolism of their works.

Juraj Dudáš is an intermedia artist (he received excellent basics from Prof.Milan Knížák at the Academy of Fine Arts and earlier from Prof. Rudo Sikora at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design). He inclines towards post-concept which he implies into his work with text and word, or the concept becomes part of the performance (from his older projects, e.g., DJ Giorgio aimed at autobiography at the intersection between fiction and reality). For this exhibition he shifted his artistic language towards the minimalist object workmanship.

During his studies at the Academy of Fine Art and Design (Prof. R.Sikora, doc. I.Németh and Prof.Daniel Fischer) as well as at the Nottingham Trent University, England (Prof.Matt Hawthorn), Ivan Dudáš inclined towards the strategies of media art. His domain is the work with the found film, picture, sound - found footage. In 2012 he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Banská Bystrica with doc. M.Nicz and a title of Artis Doctor (ArtD.) was conferred upon him. At present, he engages in deconstruction of digital picture with interactive overlapping where he allows the viewer to enter into the work. For several years he gives lectures at the Faculty of Mass Media Communication of the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius (UCM) in Trnava where he also engages in scientific and research activities.

The exhibition Together / Every Man for Himself deals with one topic. In principle, it is a site-specific project for the Synagogue where both artists bring new content into the older formal elements.
Common view / different workmanship.

Roman Popelár


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