Ján Skaličan: Eyewitness

Shuttle bus to the exhibition opening at tranzit.sk in Bratislava





Ján Skaličan’s exhibition Eyewitness confronts us with the pressing issue of climate change, and the fragility of the balance between “the last chance” and “being too late” to avoid or at least soften its catastrophic consequences. It points to the necessity of changing our mindset, lifestyle and taking action, even if this might seem too little compared to the need for global and systemic changes.

For more information about the exhibition and the art space visit tranzit.sk.

Free shuttle bus
Vienna – Bratislava – Vienna

On Wednesday, 1 March 2023, ERSTE Foundation is organising a shuttle bus from Vienna to Bratislava on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Ján Skaličan: Eyewitness.

As Ján Skaličan is also one of the six nominees for the Oskar Čepan Award, which will be presented in an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bratislava (KHB), we offer an opportunity to see his work in two exhibitions at once: at the group show at KHB and his solo show at the tranzit art space.

Meeting point & schedule:
Erste Campus, Karl-Popper-Straße 8, 1100 Vienna

  • 16.15 Boarding
  • 16.30 Departure on time
  • 18.00 Kunsthalle Bratislava
    Guided tour of the exhibition Oskar Čepan Award 2022 presenting the six selected artists
  • 19.00 tranzit.sk
    Opening of the exhibition Ján Skaličan: Eyewitness
  • 21.00 Departure from Bratislava to Vienna
  • 22.00 Approximate arrival back in Vienna at Erste Campus

Registration closes on Monday, 27 February 2023. Admission free. Please bring your passport or ID card for the trip! For information please contact heide.wihrheim@erstestiftung.org

Asking himself about what an artist can do as a responsible individual at this critical point, Ján Skaličan finds authentic engagement in being present in specific places, dealing with specific problems and opening up space for reflection, establishing broader connections, sharing factual observation, forming alliances with scientists, climatologists and environmental activists and communicating the resulting information to the larger public. He sees his role as an artist in mapping, recording and conveying images which bear evidence of environmental damage. Images which do not simply illustrate facts, but remain imprinted on our retinas and prompt us to think about their urgency and wider connections.

In this exhibition, Ján Skaličan presents the results of his investigative practice developed in recent years. They include videos and photographs thematizing the current state and future prospects of the Vydrica River in the Little Carpathians, the post-mining situation in Ostrava, a seashore close to Rejkjavik in Iceland and photographs signaling his project devoted to the protected landscape area of Dunajské Luhy in Slovakia.

Ján Skaličan, untitled, photography, 2023

Ján Skaličan (*1989) is a graduate of the Department of Photography and New Media of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (AFAD). During his studies he also took part in an internship at the University of Arts in Belgrade. He was a co-founder of the Žumpa Gallery and worked there as a curator and event organizer from 2014 to 2017. Currently he is a doctoral student at AFAD. In 2022 he was a finalist in the Oskár Čepan Award competition. He actively exhibits in Slovakia as well as abroad. Most recently, he has participated in the following group exhibitions: Inspiration Forum LAB 2021/22 Meze růstu (2022) at the Display Gallery in Prague; and dsk.: GIMMICK (2022) at the Koloman Sokol Gallery in Liptovský Mikuláš; and individually at Stream / Screening (2021) at the SODA Gallery in Bratislava.

Cover image: Ján Skaličan, Geo-record, video projection (5:31 min. ), 2023, video still

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.