The solo exhibition of a Austrian visual artist Miriam Bajtala whose work was shown in Slovakia for the first time.
Miriam Bajtala was born in 1970 in Bratislava but as soon as in 1977 her family emigrated from Slovakia to Austria. She lives and works in Vienna. After studying for a degree in the history of art, electro acoustics and electronic music she became the student in prof. Eva Schlegel´s class for photography and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Her work embraces video installation, photography and drawing. She has been a guest of various art centres through an artist residency program including Paris, Rome, Los Angeles and Český Krumlov. She exhibits regularly in Austria as well as abroad.
The current exhibition “home stories” shows her series of photos, video and an installation with a common theme of home, origin and identity as well as integration and assimilation. In her latest work „Geschmack Nr. 1“ (The Distinction Nr.1) Bajtala used large-size photographs for portraying her parents but also herself in their private space. However, the identity is not represented here by the people but by the space into which they are set up. Inspired by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu and his theory of distinction the artist is interested in what kind of aspirations, dreams and desires are transferred to a private space and what then the private space can tell us about the everyday life of people who live there.
The photo series is accompanied by a video installation “Paranoia (death valley)” from 2004 and an installation work called „Nichts als Gespenster“ (Nothing but the Ghosts) from 2010. The art of Miriam Bajtala reflects basic concepts such as time, space and perception by questioning common visual perception and taking our attention to its blank spaces. Her works always refer to the medium in which they are created.
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