© Simon Perathoner

© Simon Perathoner

ŠTEFAN PAPČO

 

*1983, Ružomberok (SK)
Lives and works in Bratislava (SK)

G2
Jaroslav/ Citizens, 2018
Wood
110 x 97 x 92 cm, unique
Courtesy of the artist and ZAHORIAN & VAN ESPEN

Papčo’s works on view in the Biennale Gherdëina VI pay a tribute to the mountains’ heroes. A series Citizens, executed in bronze and wood, consists of sculptural portraits of mountain climbers, named Jaroslav, Miroslav, and Andrej. The figure of Jaroslav had been placed at Col de Flam by the artist and Andrej had been placed up on Cortina d’Ampezzo rocks and is available to the viewers through a lifestream installed in Circolo artistico e culturale in Ortisei.
The philosopher Michel Serres as follows: “in the high mountains, my guide taught me the comfortable cold. ‘If you curl up into a ball’, he said, ‘if you defend yourself and get dressed, the enemy will penetrate down to your liver: cold is more invasive than you. No. Present yourself, uncover yourself, go toward it, make it your friend; it’ll respect you. Turn the against into a for.’ Yet without going beyond the lethal limit.
‘Dive into the sea or a river. If you splash about and struggle against the water, it’ll smother you, drown you. No. Turn the outside into an in. Make the water your friend, what animates you, and it’ll carry you, caress you; you won’t ever be able to leave it. A fish. Climb the rock face. If you become frightened against the vertical gravity, it’ll hurl you down, push you into the void; you’ll fall. No. Turn the against into a with. Caress the rock like a mistress, and it’ll help you and offer you holds; light-heartedly, you will climb it. A chamois. Fy in the air, go gliding or windsurfing, delta-wing or kite. A bird.”