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L'ubo Stacho

First Communion

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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A companion piece to Message from Saint Veronica is hung in the garden: a clothesline with canvas portraits of young Slovakians, taken before and after their first communion.

Artist Statement

Spirit, Secret, Mystery, Religion. These are things in which I am interested; what is inside. I like to balance on the edge. Where is irony, where is truth? I baptized 200 Americans in my mind. The shroud of Turin is a print from Christ’s face, a photograph is a print from the light. In both cases, it is energy transmission. I am interested in this transmission.



About The Artist

Ľubo Stacho was born in 1953 in Handlová, Czechoslovakia. He graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (1976) and the Department of Photography at FAMU in Prague. In 1990 he introduced the photography study program into the Bratislava Academy of Fine Arts and Design curriculum and currently holds the position of the Head of the Studio Laboratory of Photography Department. In 1995, he was qualified as an associate professor at FAMU, and appointed as a full professor in 2010. He is the winner of several awards, including the Tokyo International Photobiennale, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (1995), 1st Prize at the UNESCO World Heritage Fund Contest (1993). He has had solo exhibitions in Pittsburgh, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Berlin and other cities. His photographs are in collections around the world.

A companion piece to Message from Saint Veronica is hung in the garden: a clothesline with canvas portraits of young Slovakians, taken before and after their first communion.


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