One fundamental feature of sports matches is the time limitation placed on them by the rules of the sport, which clearly define the beginning and end of the contest. Athletes are much-admired sporting idols, whose exceptional achievements are a result of natural talent, hard work, determination, commitment and bravery. When competing, they often have to overcome not only their own limitations, but also various other obstacles and difficulties. Like individuals in ordinary life, their “victories” are determined by their goals, which in turn are a product of their individual preferences.
The leitmotif running through the exhibition “Who is the Victor?” is the concept of the route, a time-defined sequence, a journey through life, a path running from point A (the start) to point B (the finish?). At the core of the exhibition is a projection of Igor Korpaczewski’s work depicting the figure of a man (The Timeman, 1998), a runner measuring time. This is the central anchor-point for the multidirectional spatial configuration of the exhibition, which presents a mixture of works in both traditional and new media.
The mass sharing of sports events – based on the coexistence of an anonymous mass of individuals all committed to the same cause – greatly intensifies the (co-)experience of victory. Powerful emotional experiences create bonds among people. The feeling of sharing the same cause blurs the boundaries among us. A major factor influencing the intensity of our experience is the extent to which the spectators identify with the athletes.
The intense media focus on sports events has accelerated the growth of sport’s global popularity – accompanied by a growth in the prosperity of the organizations supporting, sponsoring and organizing sports events. The athletes themselves are becoming a new form of currency.
The question “Who is the Victor?” – the central idea of the exhibition – can be answered in countless ways. The answer depends on the context. The victor of what? Between whom? Over what or whom?
Exhibiting artists: Silvina Arismendi, Vasil Artamonov, Pavel Baňka, Tomáš Císařovský, Patricie Fexová, Mira Gáberová, David Hanvald, Tomáš Hlavina, Ondřej Kopal, Igor Korpaczewski, Jiří Kovanda, Ján Mančuška, František Matoušek, Jiří Načeradský, Alice Nikitinová, Petr Písařík, Pavla Sceranková, Martin Sedlák, Jiří Skála, Matěj Skalický, Matěj Smentana, Adéla Svobodová, Robert Šalanda, Jan Šerých, Jan Turner, Tomáš Vaněk.
Curator: Yvona Ferencová
Opening 19. 6., 17:00, The House of Art, Ostrava
Guided tour 26. 6., 19:00