A sketch of an opera : Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen


17.2 – 25.2.2018

Avoinna To-Pe 12-18                                                                                           Avajaiset 16.2.2018 18-20, Lämpimästi Tervetuloa!

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The project that Bobrikova & de Carmen proposed for the gallery reconsiders the power structures operating within the Art world, referring to the current dominant capitalistic system and its interrelation with the art scene.
Through the piece, the artists question the morality and validity of the relationships between artists, dealers, auction houses, collectors, and affluent dabblers who aspire to be collectors or even investors in art. A Sketch of an Opera is a work in progress and its theme is one part of a larger research project, questioning….

This installation evolves from the desire to make apparent or expose the basic structure of the capitalist art world through composing a multimedia opera including 4 works. The work with the title ¨Questions and Notes” is intended to draw a sketch of what would be the Libreto of the opera. It consists of 17 folios where the artists create a plot questioning and interpreting 53 quotes from various allegorical authors to the world of art. The idea of the utopian prevails in the fact of proposing a work aimed at questioning the position of the artist in the Art world. Visualizing the work with the title ¨Death in life¨ the artists review and question the notoriety of the appropriation, the rhetoric of the incongruous and of the production of new art work for them, as well as a plea to the defense on the people exiled to not be a part of society through metaphor (the work is based on the collection of functional lighting material found in waste containers from the refurbishing of a buildings). In the works ¨How to create an unusual experience for a consumer’s expectations” and ¨Sound architecture, prelude to a new social order¨, the artists develop the notion of “visualization without function” as a way to highlight questions related to consumption, appropriation, risk taking, and the creation of a new work.

Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen have been working together as an artistic duo since 2005. Central to their artistic practices are the notions of an open interaction within the art world beyond the confines of what is often considered acceptable artistic institutions. They view their artwork as embedded within lived experience, as a single space of coexistence and confluence. They believe that this open dialogue between art and life is a productive context to emphasize the current interchange and flux in social life and to promote social transformation. Through this methodology, the artists critically investigate our roots and social habits, questioning the
mechanisms and contexts which create these powerful current systems of values.

They have participated in several residencies such as Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon, HomeBase Saitama, KulturKontakt Austria, Nida art Colony or MeetFactory.
Their works have been presented in venues and projects such as Gallery RAM, 5th Odessa Biennale, Fotogalleriet,  Agrikultura Triennial, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon (2017); the Saitama Triennial, Nitra Gallery, Akershus Kunstnersenter, Tranzit.sk (2016); 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Prague Quadrennial, Babel Art Space, Entrance Gallery (2015); Centre Contemporary Art in Singapore, Høstutstillingen, Kunstnerneshus, ANX/ Atelier Nord, Skånes Konstforening, City Gallery Bratislava (2014); Karlin Studio, Rake (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde, KURANT, (2012); Singuhr (2011); Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi, Röda Sten, City Museum of Gothenburg, Space Gallery (2010).

Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council



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