Jiří Sozanský - extreme situations
Gallery IV. and V.
In his work, the painter and sculptor Jiří Sozanský (born 1946) uses the language of the struggle, the fight, pressure and counter-pressure, to express the historically specific and eternal theme of the collapse of moral order’s enlightened values in whose place there emerges the frenzied ‘execution ground of conscience’. The content and symbolism of Sozanský’s exhibition ‘Extreme Situations’ is determined by two important anniversaries: the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the 20th anniversary of the end of the war in the former Yugoslavia.
The project is based on Sozanský’s study of documentary materials, diary records, period testimonies, as well as from his own authentic experiences of the places where tragedies took place – Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Sarajevo and Mostar. The complex and artistically dramatic project that Sozanský is presenting at GASK incorporates diverse but interlinked techniques ranging from classical drawings and prints, installations and objects through to bronze sculptures.