31/03/2017 – 28/05/2017
The title of a new book of Svätopluk Mikyta (*1973) is Homo viator – human-traveller. The term globetrotter and multicultural man is the most suitable for Mikyta, for he is always on the road, exhibiting his work all over the Europe. However, his production is rooted in domestic – Slovak – tradition. The central issue of Mikyta´s art is handling woth found material – mostly with pictorial parts of books from the socialist era, which he gets on flea markets or in old books shops. These reproductions he manipulates and graphically intervenes. So the „over-drawings“ and „re-portraits“ are created, with new visual load and conceptual content.
Besides questioning identity searching and personal anchoring in the history, Mikyta´s work can be perceived as a sociopolitical situation of a postcommunist society commentary.
Svätopluk Mikyta is the 2009 Oskár Čepan Award laureate and he is a graphic studio leader on Brno Faculty of visual arts. He is a co-organisator of an important local cultural centre of Banská ST A NICA in Banská Štiavnica (SK).
Annotation: Kateřina Štroblová