Svätopluk Mikyta (Slovakia)
A visual artist, mainly a draughtsman; Mikyta's work make reference to the political iconography of socialist mass movements and to the nationalist and religious symbols of Eastern Europe. His exhibitions have toured Europe and US, his artistic practice makes him constantly on the move, mainly between Bratislava, Prague (where he teaches at art academies) and small Slovakian village Ilija where he lives. Together with Zuzana Bodnarova they run Banska STANica.
- BANSKA STANICA / Štokovec
- Location: the monumental object of the railway station from the 1950s as a new platform of art and culture. BANSKA STANICA is not a culture centre within the city bustle, but a background for the creation in silence interrupted 6-times a day by the coming local train. Relatively young organization Štokovec, a space for culture (founded in the spring 2008) runs out of the elite centre of Bratislava on so-called culture periphery in Banská Štiavnica in the middle of Slovakia. Since summer 2009 their activities are embedded in the railway station space, which they gradually revitalize to become the vivid centre of art focused on studio and residential stays of domestic as well as foreign artists.
- Svätopluk Mikyta is hosted by a-i-r laboratory at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in frames of Re-tooling Residencies. Exchange programme for Emerging Professionals which is co-financed by the European Commission.