At the beginning of the process of making a site specific sound installation for Swiss Cottage Gallery, Hruskova asked the following questions: What does it mean to be contained by a body? Can voice and language be a means of breaking, extending and redefining its borders? Where is the source of a voice and what determines its reach? How can its vibrations influence and transform objects, bodies and circumstances in its vicinity? The work wants to offer a poetic interpretation of a political theme; to create an environment where one can encounter and consider one’s embodiment and the voice within it, in order to discover its properties and potential.
Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.
About the artist
Katarina Hruskova is a Slovak artist, born in Ruzomberok, Slovakia; currently based in Berlin, Germany. She studied at the Royal College of Art (MA, 2014) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (BFA, 2010). She has exhibited and performed in the UK, Netherlands, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and Portugal; her recent presentations include Residency Unlimited, (New York, USA), House of Egorn (Berlin, DE), Nitrianska Galeria (Nitra, SK), Galerie TIC (Brno, CZ), Black Tower Projects (London, UK), Institut fuer Bienenzucht (London, UK), Zona Mista (London, UK), Danielle Arnaud Gallery London, UK) and The Bluecoat Liverpool. Katarina has taken part in residencies in NY (Residency Unlimited, 2018), Italy (Residenza Petrolio, 2015), NY (Brooklyn Langer Residency, 2014) and Slovakia (Banska St a nica Contemporary, 2011 and 2014). She is one of the laureates of the Oskar Cepan Award, YVAA Slovakia (2017).
Photography (c) Benjamin Westoby