I am interested in a relation between personal and public space in connection with social, historical, political, cultural etc. aspects reflected through my own experiences from my personal history. In my work I focus on a transcription of personal visual and emotional experiences, which I further try to transform via general experience into an intelligible language. My personal topic revolves around a particular, specific place in connection with which I investigate various ways how, by means of artistic site-specific realizations, I can reflect it and provide a pregnant testimony of its existence. The core of my artistic research includes the investigation of site-specific art, methods and approaches how to place artworks in different exhibition spaces with an assumption of a minimal intervention and with the most effective output in terms of form and meaning. As an artist I do not concentrate on creation of permanent artifacts and their accumulation. What fascinates me on a process of creation of in this way defined artwork, is its existence limited by time and physicality, and processuality and destruction during its presentation. The main determinant or a clue in my practice is memory in various forms, as well as forgetting or recollecting. I reflect the theme of human memory as part of individual and collective memory. Memory is inherent part of our thinking and cognitive processes, therefore I suppose it is one of the essential stimuli of artistic practice. Failure, loss, trauma, emptiness, destruction, existence, forgetting, recollecting, melancholy, politics, memory, historical memory are parameters influencing and forming my invention. I work in various media and artistic forms.

 

Monika Pavlechová

works and lives in Bratislava, Slovakia

 

 

Education:

2010-2014 Academy of fine Arts&Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, ArtD.

2000-2006 Academy of fine Arts&Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, MA

 

Solo exhibitions:

2011 Retention and Protention, OpenShowstudio, Athens, Greece

2010 Questions-Answers, Peter Matejka Gallery, Nové Mesto n/V, Slovakia

2010 Questions-Answers, Miloš Alexander Bazovský Gallery, Trenčín, Slovakia

2008 Vanishing Point, M++ Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2008 Stille Wasser, 13m3 Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

 

Group exhibitions:

2014 Amnesia, Open Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2013 Romantic Apprehensions, metamatic:taf, Athens, Greece

2013 Water Levels, Levels of Soul, GMAB, Trenčín, Slovakia

2013 Rooms, St George Lycabettus, Athens, Greece              

2013 Rooms+, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece

2012 Crazycurators Biennale IIII., SPACE, Bratislava, Slovakia

2012 Invisible City, Public art, Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia

2011 Abandoned Recreation, Public art, Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia

2011 Agorasmenos, CheapArt Gallery, Athens, Greece

2009 Returns, Peter Matejka Gallery, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia

2009 4th Prague Biennale, Karlin hall, Prague, Czech rep.

2009 nomadSPACE | Wandering gallery, Slovakia

2009 Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece

2009 Sarajevo Winter, Sarajevo Peace Center, Sarajevo, BiH

2008 Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece

2008 Aqua, United Nations pavilion, Expo Zaragoza, Spain

2008 Two Nodes, Ján Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovakia

2007 Videomedeja, Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia

2007 Horizons of topicality III., Miloš Alexander Bazovský Gallery, Trenčín, Slovakia

2007 Curtocircuito, International Short Film Festival, Santiago De Compostela, Spain

2007 Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens, Sao Paulo, Portugal 

2007 Sedicicorto, International Short Film Festival, Forli, Italy

2007 18. Festival international de l'affiche et des arts graphiques, Chaumont, France

2006 International Film Festival Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

2006 International Film Festival Artfilm, Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia

2006 Diplomky, Open Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2006 Konekšn, Gallery Hit, Bratislava, Slovakia

2006 Multiplace, C2C Gallery, Prague, Czech rep.

2005 Site Specific, Brämer Mansion, SNM Bratislava, Slovakia

2005 Res Publica, Open Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2005 Small Inventory, Alfred ve dvoře Theatre, Prague, Czech rep.

2004 Istroart, Médium Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2003 Slovak Photography 1925-2000, City Gallery Prague, Czech rep.

2002 AFAD Representative exhibition in Governmental Palace, Vienna, Austria

 

Residencies and Scholarships:

2013 Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, Austria

2012-2013 Onassis Foundation, ASFA, Athens, Greece

2011 Workshort Residency, Reca, Slovakia

2010-2013 AFAD in Bratislava, Slovakia

2008-2010 IKY Greek State Scholarships Foundation, ASFA, Athens, Greece

2004-2005 SAIA, AAAD in Prague, Czech rep.

 

Videography:

2013 Cumulonimbus, storm cloud

2008 Stille Wasser

2006 Get a taste of life

2006 A way out of town

2006 Factory window

2004 Restriction

2004 Save yourself

2004 Once

2003 No entry in swimsuit

 

Screenings:

2009 Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece

2008 Multiplace, Ján Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovakia

2008 Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece

2007 Videomedeja, Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia

2007 Curtocircuito, International Short Film Festival, Santiago De Compostela, Spain

2007 The Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Sao Paulo, Portugal      

2007 Sedicicorto, International Short Film Festival, Forli, Italy

2006 International Film Festival Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

2006 International Film Festival Artfilm, Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia

 

Site-specific based projects:

2014 Afterlife, Bratislava, Slovakia

2013 Rooms, St George Lycabettus, Athens, Greece

2012 Invisible Banská Štiavnica, Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia

2011 Retention and Protention, OpenShowstudio, Athens, Greece

2011 Abandoned Recreation, Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia

2011 Agorasmenos, CheapArt Gallery, Athens, Greece

2009 4th Prague Biennale, Karlin hall, Prague, Czech rep.

2008 Stille Wasser, 13m3 Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2005 Site Specific, SNM, Bratislava, Slovakia

 

Bibliography:

Rooms, exhibition catalogue, 2013

Agorasmenos, exhibition catalogue, 2011

Questions-Answers, exhibition catalogue, 2010

4th Prague Biennale, exhibition catalogue, 2009

Agua, EXPO Zaragoza 2008, exhibition catalogue, 2008

Videomedeja, exhibition catalogue, 2007

Chaumont Festival 2007, exhibition catalogue, 2007

IFF Bratislava 2006, exhibition catalogue, 2006

Istroart 2004, exhibition catalogue, 2004

Profil, art magazine, number 4/03, exhibition review

Profil, art magazine, number 3/04, exhibition review

Profil, art magazine, number 1/02, exhibition review