Fear. The Origin of the State
exhibition, New Synagogue/ kunsthalle Žilina
24. 9. - 28. 10. 2015

Strach. Pôvod štátu

The state originates in fear which does not paralyse us,
but drives us forward towards virtuosness, friendships and sense of humour.

Exhibition lasts 24. 9. – 28. 10. 2015

Artists: Denisa Lehocká (SK), Constant Dullaart (NL), Martin Kollár (SK), Andrey Kuzkin (RU), Zbyňek Baladrán (CZ), Boris Ondreička (SK), Nikita Kadan (UA), Vladislav Shapovalov (RU), Juraj Sukop (SK), Dani Gal (IL), Ágnes Eperjesi (HU), Michal Moravčík (SK), Igor&Ivan Buharov (HU), Rokko Juhász (SK,HU), Ján Gašparovič (SK), Tomáš Svoboda (CZ), …

Curators: Fedor Blaščák (SK), Christian Kobald (AT)

Fear closes the relationship with the human’s own fear to itself.
Uroboros is a symbol of a serpent eating its own tail.

Knowing why we experience fear may lead to realising our own weakness.

It may easily happen that the weakest individual kills and destroys the strongest one.

When David from the legend took off his armour and said he would rather go into battle without it, he had known that relying on one’s own powers means being able to understand that the other one possesses more power by nature.

Yet when a certain maltreated child in the 20th century took a decision to defeat Europe in adulthood, he drew his conclusion from the security about his own destiny which caused the destruction of his own state, as he did not know that relying on one’s own powers does not mean mocking the weakness of the other one. Obedience of a child based solely on fear became the principle of his despotic rule which led to killing and perishing of millions.

Each of us was once a child of someone who loved us and knew why they care about our safety and was therefore bound to teach us the ability to rise above oneself – for when children are children, they are not aware of being children.

Defiance together with being convinced about harming is FEAR.
The same with a hope to avert the harm thanks to resistance is BRAVERY.

We learn the ability to rise above ourselves (virtuosness, friendships and sense of humour) by defying the fear which paralyses us and with resistance which drives us forward.

“Favours come to us from gods
seated on their solemn thrones
— manifested as fear and violence. .
(Aeschylus, Oresteia)

New Synagogue is open on working days from 12.00 until 17.00. In other times you can call Marek Adamov + 421 907 137 145 to open the exhibition. Free entry.

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