The place of the finalists' exhibition of the 25th annual year of Oskár Čepan Award 2020 will be Nová synagóga in Žilina. The opening of the exhibition will be held on the 2nd of October, the ceremony of the winner's announcement on the 13th of November and the exhibition will be held until the 6th of December 2020.
The jury was impressed by the varied levels of precision, exploration, humor and am-bition in the work of the finalists. The artists articulate incisive critiques of society and its institutions, in the key of art. They give a voice to common concerns by coining a strong artistic language for what may be at stake today. Some of these artists carve out alternate futures through interventions in present day dystopias. Others find future uto-pias and project them on the everyday life of present-day local contexts. They question the way things pretend to be and ask what they might become some day. The artists are deeply concerned with perception, not only what is seen but how it is seen, and how what is represented gets embodied. In this light, also painting returns conjoined with performance to make it clear that art is not for your eyes only, but needs the body to be present and all senses to be alert.
The 2020 Oskár Čepan Award’s finalists are: Daniela Krajčová (b.1983), Jozef Pilát (b.1992), Ludmila Hrachovinová (b.1984), and Kristián Németh (b.1983).
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