Roman Ondak

  • Born 1966 in Žilina, Slovakia.
  • Based in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Almost as an anthropological investigation, daily life and events find themselves juxtaposed by Roman Ondakʼs way of opening up spaces where the rules of the everyday are challenged by slight alterations. But Ondak does not understand space merely as a physical material entity. Social norms, divisions and regulations shape them and our understanding and perception of them. Nor is our perception absolutely objective and simultaneous. It is, so to speak, soaked in knowledge, emotions, interests and, which is particularly important, memories. Space is, furthermore, not static. It is defined with movements, through space and, for the same token, through time. Space is therefore not merely physical, but essentially temporal. It exists in time, which means that it constantly changes and transforms, and that memory is vital for constructing its identity. It is no coincidence, then, that most of Ondakʼs works deal with space precisely through the point of view of time and memory.

  • Event Horizon, 2016
  • Collection of Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg Photo: Andy Keate
  • Courtesy of the artist and Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg