26.10.2023 / 4pm
The lecture will present the project Heart Seas which was shown at the gallery Fotograf in Prague (2022) and gallery Zahorian & Van Espen in Bratislava (2023). Heart Seas is about our direct physiological and scientific connection with the water, but also about our metaphorical connection with it.
Water is fluid, it does not respect boundaries, it overflows, it seeps, it represents
a frightening depth, but also a soothing float on a calm surface. We can be inspired by water, and feel the power of its flow in our own bodies, or learn to receive and give
in the rhythm of the waves. Heart Seas is the title of Lucie Sceranková’s exhibition –
in which water becomes a metaphor for the experience of motherhood, life energy,
the foam of days, a cleansing bath, but also a mirror of lived experience. It is taken from a book by British anthropologist Veronica Strang, who describes the inner sea that flows through the heart and sustains its tides.
This is not the first time that Lucia’s work has explored the connection between
the elements and the human body, and her current research on water also builds on
a number of previous projects realised in the form of photographs, videos, and spatial installations (Drinking Salty Water Does Not Help, 2020; River, 2014; Level, 2013; Quiet Water Washes the Shores, 2012; Sea 2011, etc.).
Lucia Sceranková graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. She completed an internship at the School of Arts and Cultures in Newcastle and a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She has been nominated for several major awards for young artists - in addition to the Start Point Prize 2011, she was also nominated for the prestigious Jindřich Chalupecký Prize in 2014 and the Vaclav Chad Award in 2015. Since graduation, she has created projects for many solo and collective exhibitions. To mention some local exhibitions, there were the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, the National Gallery in Prague, GMU in Hradec Králové, 8smička in Humpolec, PAF festival in Olomouc and solo presentations at Fotograf Gallery, Zahorian&Van Espen Gallery or Fait Preview in Brno. In the international context at the NARRACJE #12 contemporary art festival in Gdansk, viennacontemporary in Vienna, at the XIII Bienal de la Habana international art show in Cuba, at the Forum Box gallery in Helsinki or at a solo exhibition with her sister Pavla at the Pump House Gallery in London.