Roman Ondák

Galerie Martin Janda

A video shows a group of people on the banks of a river. They are occupied with the game of skipping stones. But the “river” is actually the Panama Canal. In order to carry out this deceptively simple project, Across That Place, 2008, in the Panama Canal Zone, the Slovakian artist Roman Ondák had to confront all manner of bureaucratic hurdles—expending much logistical effort in the service of perceptual experience, in the attempt to make things visible that are not visual, including temporality and political boundaries. In the context of the exhibition, this experience was manifested as the aforementioned video, signs on the wall, and drawings, maps, newspaper clippings, and carefully written postcards in vitrines.

Whether through installation, photography, drawing, or performance, Ondák takes process as the basis for his work. An action stretches itself out over time, transforms a scenario,

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