Tomáš Džadoň

„A Slovakian artist living in Prague and influenced greatly by graphic arts, Džadoň articulates his ideas most eloquently in sculptural space, through installation. In that form, he has worked with objects such as bacon, a church censer, traditional-style wooden houses known in Slovak as drevenice, and panelák—the concrete, prefab apartment buildings of the Socialist era. These visual devices have constituted his artistic vocabulary for some time now. His easily discernible local-folkloric aesthetics can be interpreted in two ways: as cheap kitsch, or, on the other hand, as a bold confrontation with nostalgia - which Christopher Lasch poignantly described as an abdication of memory. A finalist in 2009 both the Czech Republic’s Jindřich Chalupecký Prize and the Slovak Jan Čepan Award, Džadoň asks his audience to relate through personal memory with a past inherited through the culture of their ancestors. Whether or not the spectators succumb to nostalgia, they do not depart untouched.“ (Palo Fabuš, in: Umělec 1/2010)

Biography

born 1981 in Poprad, Czechoslovakia
lives and works in Prague (CZ) and Bratislava (SK)

EDUCATION
2008-2013, doctorate studies, AFAD Bratislava (studio prof. Dezider Tóth), SK
2006, Art Institute in Kankaanpää, FIN
2002-2007, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, CZ
2001-2002, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, SK
1999-2001, Technical university Koszalin, PL

RESIDENCIES:

2012, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
2009, Visegrad artist in residency at CCEA , Prague, CZ
2009, Neue Galerie, Graz, AT
2008, Otto residency, La Friche Belle-de-Mai, Marseille, FR
2008, Futura residency at Trebešice castle, Kutná hora, CZ

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2017, Tomáš Džadoň´s Ideal Co-ownership, Krokus Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2017, DŽADOŇ HOUSE, Moravská galérie Brno, CZ
2016, PROGRESS, Kinobus 2016, Hontianske tesáre/ Dvorníky, SK
2014, XXL views on Slovak contemporary art - Prostor k nahlédnutí (Ľubomír Ďurček pohledem Jána Kraloviče, Tomáš Džadoň pohledem Barbory Šedivé), GASK, Kutná Hora, CZ
2012, Deadline, Galeria Sztuki Wozownia, Torun, PL
2012, Touch (with Jozef Bolf), Galerie Chodovská tvrz, Prague, CZ
2010, Dispozitiv (with Michal Moravčík), Galerie u dobrého pastýře Brno, CZ
2010, "Máš na míň!" (with Monogramista T.D), Krokus Galeria Bratislava, SK
2010, Nová tradícia, Kasárne Kulturpark Košice, SK
2010, The Race (with Valentino Diego), hunt kastner artworks, Prague, SK
2010, ”joining things togehter, you are talking about floor, i am talking about furniture!” (with Kaspar Bucher), Marks Blond Project, Bern, CH
2009, Glowing archetypes, CCEA, Prague, CZ
2009, Is it an atraction, or it is tumbling down?, City Gallery Prague, CZ
2009, No man`s land, Jeleni Gallery, Prague, CZ
2008, "Slovenská strela", galéria HIT, Bratislava, SK
2008, thurible (with Istvan Csakany), gallery by night, Budapest, HU

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2017, Like at home, Kunsthalle Bratislava, SK
2016, XXL views on Slovak contemporary art, GASK, Kútna Hora, CZ
2016, TATRAHUNDERT, Galérie u Dobrého Pastýře, Brno, CZ
2016, SPORTU ZDAR, DOX - Center for Contemporary Art, Praha, CZ
2016, Place of Monument, Galérie Viper, Praha, CZ
2015, Corridor, Tranzit.sk, Bratislava, SK
2015, Cumuli – Trading Places, L 40 – Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur, Berlin, DE
2014, Art has no alternative, Tranzit.sk, Bratislava, SK
2014, "Summer exhibition", Krokus Galeria Bratislava, SK
2014, Architecture Biennale, Czechoslovak Pavillion, Venice, IT
2014, Slowakische Mythologien, Galerie für Zeitgenösissche Kunst Leipzig, Leipzig, DE
2014, What have we cooked, Bratislava City Gallery, SK
2014, 7th New Zlín Salon 2014, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín, CZ
2013, We´ll Try It Through Space, Nitra Gallery, SK
2013, Where is My Home? DOX, Prague, CZ
2013, "Summer exhibition", Krokus Galeria Bratislava, SK
2013, Panel Story, Pálffy Palace, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2012, Systems and Accidents, Ex Elettrofonica Rome, IT
2012, Asking Architecture, Slovak Pavilion at 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice, IT
2012, Finalists of Oskar Čepan Award, Výtvarná únia Bratislava, SK
2012, Zones of Habitation, Krokus Gallery, SK
2011, Inter-view 2, Nitra Gallery, SK
2011, Sedmokrásky a klony, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2011, PRAGUE BIENNALE, Microna Prague, CZ
2011, OUTPOST, Trafo Gallery Budapest, HU
2010, Form of Transformation, MUSA, Wien, AT
2009, Form of transformation, Brno House of Art, CZ
2009, Chalupecky-Award, DOX Prague, CZ
2009, Oskar Čepan Award, Gallery Médium, Bratislava, SK
2009, Erased walls, Freies museum Berlin, DE
2009, Atlantis, Open gallery, Bratislava, SK
2009, Model, State Gallery Bratislava, SK
2009, Something of myself, huntkastner artworks, Prague, CZ
2009, Skúter - Young art bienalle, GJK Trnava, SK
2008, Move on, Futura gallery, Prague, CZ
2008, Illusion of space / attempt at a new reading, Gallery of Nitra, SK
2008, "Wie du mir", Graz, AT
2008, Crazycurators bienalle, Space Gallery Bratislava, SK
2008, Contemporary Czech Cubism, Old town hall, Prague, CZ
2008, Essl Award,Kunstforum Ostdeutsche,Galerie Regensburg, DE
2007, Essl Award 2007, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, AT
2007, When risk becomes form..., Futura gallery Prague, CZ

AWARDS
2012, Tatra Banka Foundation Art Award - Young Artist
2012, Oskár Čepan Award - Finalist
2009, Chalupecky Award - Finalist
2009, Oskar Čepan Award - Finalist
2009, Cyprián Award, Young art bienalle Skúter, Trnava, SK
2007, Essl Award, First prize

RESIDENCIES
2012, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
2009, Visegrad artist in residency at CCEA , Prague, CZ
2009, Neue Galerie, Graz, AT
2008, Otto residency, La Friche Belle-de-Mai, Marseille, FR
2008, Futura residency at Trebešice castle, Kutná hora, CZ

COLLECTIONS
Slovak National Gallery, SK
National Gallery Prague, CZ
Trebešice Castle Collection, CZ
Ján Koniarek Gallery Trnava, SK
Turcianska Galéria, SK
Stredoslovenská Galéria, Banská Bystrica, SK

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Tourists Like Us. Critical Tourism and Contemporary Art, text: Federica Martini, ECAV, Sierre - Vilnius Academy of Arts Press, 2013
FLASH ART CZ/SK English Issue 2/2013, Profiles: Tomáš Džadoň, text: Jan Wollner
FLASH ART CZ/SK 27/2013, "Ohraničenie slobody mi príde ako v určitom zmysle dobrá vec", interview by Fedor Blaščák (SK)
FLASH ART CZ/SK 26/2012-2013, "Oskár Čepan Prize", text by Katarína Slaninová
Unusual stories of Slovak Housing Estate - "I am from block of flats, I am housing-estate-type", documentary by RTVS and Filmarium s.r.o., directed by Ján Stračina, 2012, lenght 26:03 min.
Profil 4/2012, "The King is naked. Again.", review of Oskár Čepan Prize 2012, text by Norbert Lacko and Silvia Čúzyová
Form of Transformation, exhibition catalogue, published by Brno House of Art
Jindřich Chalupecký award, exhibition catalogue, text by Palo Fabuš
ERA 21- 5/09 /"Neoconceptual artist is building a catalog house", text by Eva Červinková
FLASH ART- Czech&Slovak edition num12/09, text by Terézie Nekvindová
Illusion of space / attempt at a new reading / exhibition catalouge, text by Barbora Geržová, 2008
VENTILO no.230, Entre deux portes, text by M. Nanquette- Querette (in French)
ARCHITEKT 04/08 Tomáš Džadoň, text by Jiří Ševčík
PROJEKT 03/08: "I believe in emotional construction", text by Šárka Dumbrovská
Essl Award 2007, exhibition catalouge
Art&Antique, 12/07, Tomáš Džadoň, text: Katka Tučková

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