Silent Stories, a group show running from April 1st to May 25th, 2005 at Gallery Martin Janda, brings together works of narrative character yet not explicitly communicating a story.
Starting from artists like Marlene Dumas, Peter Doig or Neo Rauch, one can state a new self-awareness in painting and drawing. The narrative qualities of staged photography and video art are now communicated by media that were treated like a taboo for some time. Does this originate in the attempt of showing a differentiated image of man which can’t be achieved by photography anymore? Is there an influence by teaching methods which again concentrate on classic academic painting? Is it a natural development of reciprocal displacement or complementarity of media which are dominant in different periods? Is it possible to connect this development with a social change that indicates a different preoccupation with the image of body?
The exhibition shows works of Adriana Czernin, Milena Dragicevic, Nicole Eisenman, Jan Merta, Torsten Slama, Maja Vukoje, Richard Wathen and Jakub Julian Ziolkowski.
Adriana Czernin, born in 1969 in Sofia (BG); lives and works in Vienna und in Rettenegg (AT)
Milena Dragicevic, born in 1965 in Knin (YU); lives and works in London (UK)
Nicole Eisenman, born in 1965 in Verdun (FR); lives and works in New York (USA)
Jan Merta, born in 1952 in Sumperk (CZ); lives and works in Prague (CZ)
Torsten Slama, born in 1967 in Schwarzach (AT); lives and works in Berlin (DE)
Maja Vukoje, born in 1969 in Duesseldorf (DE), grew up in Belgrad (CS); lives and works in Vienna (AT)
Richard Wathen, born in 1971 in London (UK); lives and works in London (UK)
Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, born in 1980 in Zamosc (PL); lives and works in Krakow (PL)