TRANSFORMATIONS OF SLOVAKIA / IDENTITIES (2016)
Long-term photographic project „Transformations of Slovakia“ is the result of multi-annual work of Boris Németh and Ján Viazanička. Since 2012 they are undertaking photographic tour of Slovakia and map various phenomena of our society: religious life, constructions of modern satellites and highways, celebrations of national religious holidays and also ways of spending free time. Their photographies are made in all regions of Slovakia, thus they create unbiased view of our country. It is also enhanced by significant creative contributions of both photographers.
One of the motives of the documentary project is the fact, that due to rapid ongoing changes, Slovakia begins to seem like a kaleidoscopic landscape, in which images of individual components are fighting with each other. Different visual clues and cultural layers exist here concurrently – traditional, folk and religious, layers of unified coarse neighbourhood civilisation and present, perhaps the most significant layer of gaudy and medially aggressive consumerism.
The presented long-term documentary project „IDENTITIES“ has an ambition to capture photographic record of the nature of society, country and way of life of people in Slovakia in a more defined thematic areas, building upon proven cooperation of Boris Németh and Ján Viazanička. Elements of folklore, christian traditions as well as contemporary expressions of consumer society are part of the identity, that we as a community more or less knowingly create. Although each of us has tepid, or fervent relationship to national consciousness, traditions that are „programmed“, or reinforced by years in the circle of our families cannot be erased. Folklore and consumerism, past and present, religiosity and worldliness, dynamic and static, light and heavy, small and large – we want to show these phenomena in its uniqueness.
This duality as a key basis for the project „IDENTITIES““ creates a personal picture message, while resulting photographies exceed the project itself and show more than just themselves. They don’t show just specific moments, people, or situations in which they find themselves. From a distance they show fate of humanity and also fate of one country.