Cinémathèque Robert-Lynen, Paris
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Ján Mančuška, The Invisible, 2009. Video, 19'18. Courtesy Collection Jill & Peter Kraus
The Invisible is the story of a hypothetical situation which creates a perspective on space, the context, and the relationships between the participants of the narrative. Ján Mancuska is interested in the structures which encircle the visual, textual, and relational experiences. The space is an abstract and theoretical framework in which he produces experiences (solitary and collective) which tend to measure or to deconstruct the intervals between things and/or people. The narrative process of Ján Mančuška challenges the question of art, practice, and the body. The cinema plays an essential role because it allowed to "point" and change the frame while using a reflexive use of the image. And thus, it is a little bit also what is about The Invisible, an animated film drawn with a Biro on white sheets of paper. The playful story forms highlighted different perceptions of reality.
Born in Bratislava in 1972, Ján Mančuška died in 2011 in Prague where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. His work was presented in numerous national and international exhibitions, among others at the Kunsthalle Basel, Kunstverein Frankfurt, MoMA New York, ZKM Karlsruhe, MUMOK Vienna, Tel Aviv Art Museum, and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. He represented the Czech Republic and Slovakia at the 2005 Venice Biennale.