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Lucia Gregorova

Lucia Gregorova

Bereich: Theorie

Key Facts

Nationalität

Slowakei

Bereich

Theorie

Wohnort

Bratislava

Empfehlende Institution

tranzit.org/ ERSTE Stiftung

Zeitraum

Oktober 2016 - Oktober 2016

Between 2002 and 2006 she was working as an exhibition curator in the Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava.
She curated a number of exhibitions since 2000.
Since 2010 she has worked in the Slovak National Gallery as a curator of the modern and contemporary drawing collection and as an exhibition curator and editor.
In June 2013 she was appointed a chief-curator at the Modern and Contemporary Art Collections at the Slovak National Gallery.

She prepared several exhibitions and publications for the Slovak National Gallery, e.g.retrospective shows of Juraj Bartusz, Jana Želibská (2010 and 2012, with V. Bungerová), monographic exhibition of Stano Filko titled Poetry on Space – Cosmos in 2016 (with A. Hrabušický), international exhibition Maps. Art Cartography in the Centre of Europe 1965 – 2011 (2011, with D. Čarná), exhibition Diversity Required! (2014, with V. Kleinová) and cooperated in several curatorial projects Painting after Painting (2010), Blood (2012), Two Landscapes (2014). In 2015 she curated a solo exhibition of Stano Filko for Zacheta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw (with J. Kordjak). She regularly takes part in the local and international symposiums and conferences and publishes texts in catalogues and art magazines.

Lucia Gregorova

Projektinfo

My field of interest in this regard lies mainly in the area of Pop Art tendencies, gender issues and Conceptual Art of the 1960s and 1970s. I am very interested in specifica of the Central European art with the background of the dominant narratives in the generally canonized history of the Western art. As I have mentioned before, I am planning two international exhibitions and publications concentrating on the art of the 1960s and 1970s and one thematic curatorial show concerning the contemporary European art. The residency in Vienna would be of great benefit for my work in these projects.

Dokumentation

The residency was very enriching for my professional life. During the time I was able to meet artists, curators, cultural managers from numerous institutions and NGOs and lecturers at the Academy of Fine Arts. I had a chance to see the museums, attend the openings of the exhibitions, lectures, collections, libraries and various cultural spaces.
I have been working on a text for the monographic book on Stano Filko for several months before the residency. I was lucky to have a chance to explore more references and international context of his work in Vienna. During the residency I was able to finish the basic text.  
Although Bratislava is close to Vienna, staying in the centre of the city and meeting the other residents and professionals has brought me an unexpected benefit. The environment and the conversions were very inspiring for me. During the residency I have received the good news that I will curate that I will curate the exhibition of Jana Želibská in the Czech and Slovak Pavilion at the 57. Venice Biennale in May 2017.
During the residency I have conceived the concept of the international exhibition Kozmikomiks that was held in tranzit.sk in June – July 2017 in Bratislava. This exhibition was directly inspired by the Vienna residency and I also included the artist Martin Lang (USA) who was at the residency in MQ also in October. He created a new video work addressing the Viennese context that we were uncovering together – the personality of the linguist and psychoanalyst John Weilgart and his artificial language for aliens, first published in 1961. Martin Lang connected his story to the story of Esperanto and he used the idea of artificial languages to comment on the reduction of free public space.
Since my residency in MQ in Vienna I have stayed in contact with many professional from Austria and from abroad. Being a mother of 2 children I really appreciated the chance to take my first curatorial residency not far from home. Working as a curator at the Slovak National Gallery I thus had the precious opportunity to stay in Vienna which was very important for me as a beginning of my further exploration of the connections and futures possibilities of cooperation on the exhibition and publication projects between Slovakia and Austria. Vienna as a centre of Central European studies with the organizations such as tranzit provides the information and contacts but also generates the philosophical and arthistorical discourse in many key issues. Especially because of this, I am very grateful that thanks to the residency programme I could find ways for my future professional development. One of the great outcomes of my residency was the exchange of books between Erste Stiftung and the arthistorical library of Slovak National Gallery which very appreciated as an act of coopearation and donation for our institution where the books and magazines can get to wider public, to artists, other art professionals and students (https://www.sng.sk/en/research/library).
I really enjoyed my studio in MQ, everybody I have met from Q21 and tranzit was very helpful, welcoming and warm and I would highly recommend this residency programme to both artists and curators.

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