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ARTWORK
ONLINE
Drawing from
Common Trip
Roman Ondak

ART WORK
STILL FROM FORTRESS EUROPE BY ZELIMIR ZILNIK
FILM
Common Trip
Roman Ondak
JOURNEY

Two Journeys
Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer
 
Common Trip
Roman Ondak
 
Nothing Happens Accidentally
Aleksandar Battista Ilić
 
Border Crossing Services
Oliver Ressler & Martin Kren
 
Sing me a song ...
Maja Bajević
 

ART WORK

 
 
IN-BETWEEN
 
 
 
 





ART WORK
PASSPORT
ONLINE
Installation of
Common Trip
Roman Ondak
ONLINE
Drawing from
Common Trip
Roman Ondak



Common Trip
Roman Ondak

Invisible Cities
A text on the work of Roman Ondak

Roman Ondak realized the series of projects Common Trip in collaboration with people of various age, professional and social status groups who either rarely or never travel. Regardless of whether this anti-nomadism is brought about by a series of different impossibilities or whether it is a consequence of one's choice of lifestyle - it is not possible to view outside of the context within which it is arises. For Common Trip indirectly refers to the contradictions of the transitional era and postcommunist legacy of East-European countries revealing the mutual connection of visual perception and culturological context.

Present-day migration trends encompass a wide scale of the most varied temporary or permanent dislocations and along with leisure and mass tourism include the various forms of cultural and subcultural transpositions, economic migration and also emigration caused by war and poverty. It seems that the legacy of communism and transition in the everyday life of "ordinary" people and the connectedness with his own travels with the process of the "internationalization" of East-European art does not interest Ondak on its own, rather he is primarily attracted by the unusual possibility of mediation and evaluation of the perceived with the transfer of personal experience.

Ondak described the places he had visited and their particularities to the participants of the project and they used these to form their pictures, illustration and models - visions of cities which they had never visited. In addition to this, every individual realization simultaneously reconstructed and confirmed the stereotypes of presentation. The participants of these workshops do not have professional art education backgrounds so that their works are distinguished by a mixture of specific naivety of imagery, child-like playfulness and spatial imagination, the uninterrupted balancing on the edges of typicality and jumping beyond this. Similarly, just as Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities the cities that Marco Polo describes to Kubla Khan resemble each other and create a poetic map of an imaginary place, a specific "relationship" characterizes the illustrated accounts of the different cities Common Trip which mutually "melt" into one kaleidoscopical picture. Taking on the role of a mediator, Ondak thus regards his own adventures from the position of the other. In this way, authentic experiences are dissolved and confirmed in a paradoxical way, and the vision is supplemented by the reinterpretations and imagination of the recipients.


ONLINE
Drawings from
Common Trip
Roman Ondak
ONLINE
 

Common Trip inspired Ondak to create several more closely linked works. The series of postcards Antinomads represents photo portraits of people who do not travel (many of the same people participated in the project Common Trip) in their everyday work and life environment. Wish You Were Here also takes on the form of a postcard - and in place of typical touristy motifs Ondak inserts early drawings of the cities. This commenced journey is continued with a witty twist to usual situations which skate on the fine edges of autoirony and imagination.



Roman Ondak (SK)
Artist based in Bratislava, Slovakia
ondak@ba.psg.sk





REPORTS
MAP
IMAGE OF BODO KAPING
INTERVIEW
Interview with Bodo Kaping
OVERVIEW

Trafficking
Lovorka Marinović
A booming sex slavery trade --trafficking and the exploitation of women

Migration as a Global & Local Problem
Božena Katanec
Freedom, frustration, and the countries in-between

Interview with Bodo Kaping
Oliver Ressler & Martin Kren
Excerpt from the video "Border Crossing Services",


 WRITINGS
LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND WITH AN EU PASSPORT BY TANJA OSTOJIC
ONLINE
Looking for a husband with an EU passport
Tanja Ostojić
THEORY

PRISONERS OF A GLOBAL PARANOIA
Žarko Paić
Ježevo as a permanent twilight zone between borders, politics and ideas.

Thnking in Exile
Suzana Milevska
I live, I dwell means the same as I am... Philosophical ideas connecting ourselves and our living spaces.

Jezevo - a story without a happy ending
Marina Gržinić
Ježevo as the cordon sanitaire of Europe.

Illegal migrants and late capitalism
Rastko Močnik
Unprecedented global inequality -- the final crisis of Capitalism?