House of Culture

photography, video performance, 2.49 min

The video captures a performance of the (amateur) yoga exercise Greeting to the Sun in front of the former House of Culture in the small city of East Slovakia, Spisska Nova Ves. The building, built in 1987 by architects Ivan Slameň and Branislav Somor, is an important architectural monument of late modernism. Built as a place for the "cultural" promotion of the communist regime, is now falling into disrepair and is becoming a mosaic of disparate business activities, from a Chinese supermarket to Cubano Café. The performance responds to the situation of general globalization and asks when the sun will rise for the culture of Slovakia and, more specifically, for the Spis region, where I come from.