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Mira Gáberová

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Birth place
Lučenec, Slovakia
Place of work
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Mira Gáberová is a defiantly Slovak artist, though over recent years she has also been associated with Prague. Her work operates on the border of video, performance and video performance, as well as painting and drawing. Regarding the first media she is most involved in the physical, while when working with traditional media we see her interest in ornamental structures and playing on the borders of kitsch.

For many years one of the artist’s basic means of expression is video. Two parallel themes appear in her older works. We find work with physicality, intimacy and the disturbance thereof, as well as irony and humour. The first group of works is more the outcome of the tradition of classical performance on the boundary of being shocking and featuring clearly articulated questions (the videos Artificial World, 2003 and Drama, 2006), that sometimes entire into an ideologically clear dialogue (V mene matky i dcery i duši svatej / In the Name of the Mother, the Daughter and the Holy Spirit, 2012), the second group leads us to a far more intimate world of the poetics of the body (If/Wish, 2004). An important aspect of many of these older videos is a certain sentimentality and visual patois (Pathos, 2006) often conceived of with an ironic overview (Bean, 2004).

Gáberová also paints and draws. In the cycle United Colors (2003) she recovers well known advertising photos of a clothes manufacturer with a neutralising surface of the repainted incarnate that genuinely unifies in colour all ethnic diverse figures. In the series Gold (2005) the spray technique becomes a way of creating an almost baroque sculptural gold ornament. Even more intensive is her interest in drawing. In the cycle Hrdinovia (2005) she avails herself of a photocopier to create subtly modified variants of classical sculptures in intimate parts. In the series I have become a mirror (2014) she develops the motif of floral ornament as a regularly mirroring structure that gives the drawings the character of a spacious object thanks to the translation of paper.

In her most recent work Gáberová the element of direct performance is emphasised, both in the case of live events (Všetky kvety sveta / All the Flowers of the World, 2014), and above all in her videos, where the physical presence of the artist in the visual space of a shot is fundamental. This is often passive and the resulting situation is defined by the position of her body in the given environment (Sprcha / Shower, 2013). The climax of this approach is the video performance in which the artist enters a theatre stage and the curtain becomes an active player (I am I am not, 2013 and Scéna Praha, 2015). We could regard this as a parable about the work of a video performer for whom the camera view is the theatrical scene defined.  

Chladnička / Refrigerator (since 2009) is an ongoing project in which the artist places herself in the position of curator. The fridge in her apartment becomes the venue of works created by invited artists. During private viewings the social dimension of meetings of the invited community plays an important role. The artist originally realised her project in her apartment in Bratislava and then moved it to Prague.

The artist also works with the social dimension in her Performance Group (2012), in which she collaborated on performance projects with an invited group of artists. As in the case of Chladnička she realised this project in the intimate environment of her home, though in this case the project output was a video installation presented in the form of documentation. This work can be seen as the artist’s research into the sphere of collective creativity. The performative and participative are linked in a project called Sport (2013) in which Gáberová examines the parallels between sport and art and the sports experience in itself along with representatives of the Slovak and Czech art community. The output was a video installation accompanied by documentation and life performance.

Of all of Gáberová’s extensive body of work, perhaps the most important is that with video and human physicality, which is balanced between a poetics or intimacy, playing with codes of sentiment, pathos and kitsch on the one hand, and directly articulated themes linked with the position of the artist, gender questions and the social aspects of the artistic environment on the other.

Author of the annotation
Viktor Čech



Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Painting Studio and New Media (Prof. Daniel Fischer)

The University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain

internships, creative residencies:

Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic

PROGR, Bern, Switzerland

ISCP, New York, USA

Artist in Residence, Donumenta Regensburg, Kunstler haus, Schwandorf, Germany

Artist in Residence, Museum Quartier, Vienna, Austria


Winner of Oscar Čepan Prize

Finalist of Oscar Čepan Prize
Essl Award CEE - Special invitation

IV Painting Prize finalist - Museo de Bellas Artes de Castellon, Spain

Essl Award finalist CCE Slovakia
3rd place short film festival Asylum

3rd place in the competition "Kunstart"


Solo exhibitions
All Flowers, Flat Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko

Vodné hladiny, Galéria Priestor, Lučenec, Slovensko
Jungfrau und Monch, PROGR Window Gallery, Bern, Švýcarsko
All Flowers of the World, Galerie Altán Klamovka, Praha
I have become a mirror, 5 Pieces Gallery, Švýcarsko
Mind, Kulturpark Gallery Alfa, Košice, Slovensko

Social Games, Berlinskej model, Praha
Perfection, Prádelna Bohnice, Praha
Sleepings, Galerie HIT Project Room, Bratislava, Slovensko
Behind the Tree, Galerie Kabinet, Brno

Birtright, Galerie Umelka, Bratislava, Slovensko
Scene, Galerie Jelení, Praha

Eternal Moment Before the End, Galerie Cypriana Majernika, Bratislava, Slovensko
Meeting, Galerie 23 %, Záhorská Bystrica, Slovensko
Sisyphus’ Love, Synagoga – Centrum pro současné umení, Trnava, Slovensko
Mira Gaberova, Bonjour, Bratislava, Slovensko

Germany and After, Panenská 32, Bratislava, Slovensko
Videoprojection, Galerie Bastart, Bratislava, Slovensko

Private Light, Open Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko
Edit, Galerie 13m3, Bratislava, Slovensko

Workshop 002, Tranzit, Bratislava, Slovensko

Banana Milk, Galerie F7, Bratislava, Slovensko
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Reset, Galéria J.K, Banská Štiavnica, Slovensko
Skrytá reč rostlin, Palác Kinských, Praha
Export, Galerie Krokus, Bratislava, Slovensko
Private Nationalizmus, Open Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko

Bounaries of Child‘s Soul, Turiec Gallery, Martin, Slovensko
Walking, Running, Dancing, Grasping, Fetching or Carrying..., Galerie NOD, Praha
Nulla Dies Sine Linea, Galerie Emila Filly, Ustí nad Labem
Skyfall, Ego Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko

Videokemp, Gelerie Entrance, Praha
ISCP Open Studiosm, ISCP, New York City, Spojené státy
Deriváty, Novohradské muzeum a galéria, Lučenec, Slovensko

Contemporary Altar, Galerie Turiec, Martin, Slovensko
FILM. Directed by Artists, Nitranská galéria, Nitra, Slovensko
Oscar Čepan Award, SVU, Bratislava, Slovensko
Accessible to Viewers, Nitranská galéria, Nitra, Slovensko
1. International Festival of Experimental Film and Digital Art, Lumiere cinema, Bratislava, Slovensko
Zero Years, Modem, Debrecen, Maďarsko
Artetherapy, Galéria Medium, Bratislava, Slovensko

Zero Years, National House of Arts, Bratislava, Slovensko
Crazycurators Biennale III., Approach Art Association, Pécs, Maďarsko
Zero Years, PGU, Žilina, Slovensko
CrazyCurators Biennale III., CK Castle, Poznaň, Polsko
Prague Biennale 5, Budova Mikrona, Praha
Essl Art Award Cee 2011, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko
Diorama-survey of slovak video art, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazílie
Home Edition, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, Slovensko

INTER-VIEW, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovensko
Intervence ve sbírce gotiky, Slovenská národna galéria, Bratislava, Slovensko
CrazyCurators Biennale 3, Space for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovensko
White Night, Státní divadlo, Košice, Slovensko
Plus minus XXI reloaded, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, Slovensko
Sisyphus’ Love, Synagoga, Centre for Contemporary Art, Trnava, Slovensko
Drawing as Thinking, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, Slovensko

TROMPE L‘ OEIL, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovensko
Vianočná výstava, Gallery Space for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovensko
1. Danube Biennale, Danubiana, Bratislava, Slovensko
Donumenta, Stadtische Galerie Leerer Beutel, Regensburg, Německo
Painting 2009, Dvorana ministerstva kultúry, Bratislava, Slovensko
Germany and After, Panenska 32, Bratislava, Slovensko
Skúter 2, Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovensko
Zlínsky salón mladých, Dům umění, Zlín
Plus mínus XXI, National House of Arts, Bratislava, Slovensko
Tranzit Martin Bratislava, Turiec Gallery, Martin, Slovensko
Videoprojection, Bastart Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko

Video Exchange, Gallery Valentina Moncada, Roma, Itálie
Private Light, Open Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko
Edit, Galerie 13m3, Bratislava, Slovensko
Intímne nebytie, Gallery Nové Zámky,Nové Zámky, Slovensko
Plus 24 / Akvizicie 2007, Gallery Nitra, Nitra, Slovensko

Essl Award CEE, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Rakousko
IV Painting Prize, Museo de Bellas Artes de Castellon, Španělsko
Skúter 2, Tatra Gallery, Poprad, Slovensko
Irgendwo dazwischen, Museum Sammlung Friedrichshof, Friedrichshof, Rakousko
Prague Biennale 3, Karlín Halls, Praha
Skúter, Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovensko
Portes d'Europe V., Musée d Art Moderne de Saint Etienne, Francie
Essl Award CEE, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko
V4, Urania Cinema, Budapest, Maďarsko

Sell Me, Buy Me, Galerie U dobrého pastýře, Brno
Biennale of Contemporary Art 2006, Collezionami, Bari, Itálie
Fresh Europe-Mania, CIH, Brussel, Belgie
For Some Seeds.., Tranzit, Bratislava, Slovensko
Fresh Europe-Mania, Kogart, Budapest, Maďarsko
Festival Noveaux Cinemas, Paris, Francie
Runaway, Galéria Space for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovensko
Multiplace, HIT Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko, Galerie C2C, Praha
Young Painting, Ján Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovensko
Draught, Galerie U Zlatého prstenu, Praha
State Gallery, Liptovsky Mikulás, Slovensko

Sell Me, Buy Me, Galerie AVU, Praha
Aspiration for Eternity, Moravavská galerie, Brno
Market, Old Market, Bratislava, Slovensko
Oase Festival, Vienna, Budapest, Györ, Bratislava
Draught, Gallery of Fine Arts, Zilina, Slovensko
State Gallery, Banská Bystrica, Slovensko
Festival Overhalle, Museum Quartier, Vienna, Rakousko
Essl Award, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, Slovensko

Kunstart, BMW Z4 Inspiration“, AWT Bavaria, Bratislava, Slovensko
Casting, Gallery Space for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovensko
Media Factory, Pecs, Maďarsko

Freizonen, Vienna, Rakousko
Czechoslovakia, Slovenské národní museum, Bratislava, Slovensko


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