Visesio Siasau’s creative ambitions are directed towards sculpted wooden Tongan divinity forms, which he re-makes in a range of styles, stances, and materials including perspex, glass, stone, wood, and bronze. His twenty-first century approach to an old form presents a challenge for contemporary Tongan Christian politics because of his negative criticism of the church’s impact on Tongan stories, thinking, and traditional ways of life. Siasau’s sculptures carry a message beyond his politics—they hold and express his personal responsibility for teaching specialized knowledge.
Visesio Siasau, also known as Sio, has completed a Masters degree at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in New Zealand. He is a cultural practitioner from He Waka Hiringa, the first Masters of Applied Indigenous Knowledge degree program in the Pacific. Sio self-identifies as a tufungaʻi – practitioner and draws on Tongan epistemologies as his pathway to understanding things passed down by traditional knowledge keepers. Sio has represented both Aotearoa, New Zealand and Tonga in an international context, and is the first Tongan recipient to be awarded the prestigious James Wallace Art Award.
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Lýdia Pribišová is interested in testing the boundaries of art. In her curatorial projects, she focuses on subversive art practices that go against typical social and cultural patterns. In her work, Pribišová observes how cultural stereotypes are constructed as well as the shifting positions of individual subjects in society. She works with themes of collective memory, sharing, and local Central European history, in part by questioning social rules, conformism, and the changing role of public space in post-communist societies.
Lýdia Pribišová (born 1980, Slovakia) is a curator and art historian. Pribišová has been the Slovak editor at Flash Art Czech & Slovak Edition since 2006, before becoming the managing editor in 2015. For two years (2013-2015), she worked as a project coordinator for the organization and digital platform tranzit. In 2012, Pribišová founded the nonprofit PILOT, and in 2007, she co-founded gallery of immaterial art, Evolution de l’Art. Projects include the 2007 and 2011 Slovak exhibition at the Prague Biennale. In 2013, Pribišová obtained her PhD from the University Sapienza, Rome; her doctoral thesis is titled Quadriennale of Rome. From Public Body to Foundation. Reflection on transformation.
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Residents from Slovakia
Astrid Svangren is a painter whose work revolves around movement, desire, sensuality and the body, time and rhythm. She often uses heterogeneous materials such as horsehair, wax, wool, shells, and silk to convey and explore sensuality. She integrates her life into her art and includes her art in her everyday reality.
Astrid Svangren (born 1972, Sweden) lives and works in Copenhagen. She graduated from Malmö Art Academy in 1998. She recently exhibited works at Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, 2016; Tranen, Copenhagen, 2016; Nässjö Art Gallery, Sweden, 2015; Christian Andersen, Copenhagen, 2015; Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, 2013, Pioneer Voices, Gallery of Northern Norway, Harstad, 2013; National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, 2012; The Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, 2012; Artipelag, Stockholm, 2012; National Gallery of Denmark, 2012; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, 2011; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2010; Moderna Museet, Malmö, 2009.