KIOSK, Chisinau: Michal Holy – exhibition

KIOSK – artist in residency program
Vladimir Us – curator

30 november 2011, 18h

ARThotel
str. Gh. Asachi 53/1, lit. “A”, Chisinau
program: 30.11.2011 – 10.02.2012
tuesday – friday, 14:00 – 18:00

Michal Holy is in Chisinau since September 9, 2011, where he takes  part in KIOSK artist in residency program.
During this period he has established a relation with Chisinau urban  space, crossing it on the bicycle and by feet, looking for common for  his native city of Kosice features.
The communist past that Republic of Moldova went through and soviet  urbanist plans developed for major cities made him search and explore  subjects related to the socialist past of Slovakia. On the other hand  the process of globalization that determines the way Kosice is being  developed is equally important as the effects of transition that  Chisinau is facing today.

During his residency Michal Holy has been documenting with the means  of photography the streets of Chisinau, places overloaded with outdoor  publicity, structures and supports for billboards along with the  pedestals supporting monuments that were erected in different  historical periods. His attention was also captured by the way people  communicate in Chisinau, using both, romanian and russian languages in  various contexts, starting with the street and finishing with TV  programs.

The perspective over Chisinau that the artist is offering in his final  exhibition at the end of his residency, is of a free city with a self- regulated public life, according to its inhabitants’ needs.

Vladimir Us

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Michal Holy graduated at secondary technical school of applied arts  Kosice, Slovakia (http://suvke.sk/nov), recently studying New Media at  Technical University Kosice (http://www.fu.tuke.sk) creating  installations, interactive art, video art, photo collages.
Michal recently documents the local street art scene in which he is  personally active since ’98, preparing magazine about underground art  in Kosice, helping organizing SACFEST (http://sacfest.org/en/news),  occasionally doing VJing.

KIOSK artist in residency program

Unlike ready-made exhibitions and projects that circulate worldwide,  the KIOSK AIR program encourages creation of new work in relation to  the local context and reality. It offers the opportunity to explore  various issues that relate to Moldova’s situation in general and to  analyze the processes that shape Chisinau’s public space today. More  about the program: http://chiosc.oberliht.com/air

The residency of Michal Holy is organized in partnership with Kosice  2013 – European Capital of Culture (http://www.kosice2013.sk/en) that  is also hosting in a similar residency program (K.A.I.R) a Moldovan  artist – Alexandru Raevschi, and is supported by Slovak Ministry of  Culture (http://www.culture.gov.sk/en).

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