The Embassy of Art   x   Krisztina Czika

25-29
November
2020

The Project

Project

The Project

Visiting Mermaids is a collection of unique artworks by Krisztina Czika, made from photographic negatives that were found in Sri Lanka and printed onto concrete.

The project explores the sea as a cultural as well as a natural space, focusing on how it impacts on the lives of Sri Lankan women. The date stamp on the negatives indicate that the photographs were taken in 1991.

In the photos, we see the joy and mutual support of a community of women clearly enjoying themselves on the beach. What makes the images all the more striking is that in Sri Lankan culture, due to societal expectations and the prominence of traditional gender roles, the seaside is typically a male-dominated space.

The sale of the artworks will be used to support the charity Sea Sisters LK, a Sri Lankan charity that empowers women, creating a safe space for them to learn to swim and surf, opening up endless possibilities in the process.

Background

Background

Background

“These found negatives offer a unique insight into a blessed moment in history — a moment of peace and joy and female community in the space between other darker periods of history. Using the negatives, I was able to preserve and raise awareness of this special moment.”  — Krisztina Czika 

The project came into being after Czika’s artist residency in Sri Lanka was cancelled due to the global pandemic, and because of travel restrictions and a strict lockdown, she found herself, to all intents and purposes, trapped on the island. One day during a brief respite from lockdown, Czika found the negatives in a pile of street trash. She wasn’t able to see exactly what she’d found, however, until she returned to her studio in Amsterdam in August 2020.

Concrete was used for the same reasons it’s used everywhere in urban society: because of its strength and durability.These qualities made it the perfect material to preserve the memories that were stored on the negatives. Previously discarded, almost lost forever, these faded memories are now preserved on a material which hardens and cures over time, allowing the moments shared by these women to be passed on to the next generation.

SeaSisters

Cause

“In Sri Lanka, local women are hardly seen in the ocean. Despite growing up on an island, most women have never learnt how to swim and thus, fear the ocean.

This is the result of traditional gender norms and cultural expectations that has prevented the ocean from becoming 'an accepted space' for women. Particularly in rural areas, women are expected to stay at home and take care of their families, often excluding them from the recreational and economic opportunities of surf tourism.” 
— Sea Sisters

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The Project

Background

The Project

Visiting Mermaids is a collection of three artworks by Krisztina Czika, made from found negatives and printed onto concrete.

The project explores the sea as a cultural as well as a natural space, focusing on how it impacts on the lives of Sri Lankan women. The date stamp on the found negatives tells us that the photographs were taken in 1991.

In the photos, we see the joy and mutual support of a community of women clearly enjoying themselves on the beach. What makes the images all the more striking is that in Sri Lankan culture, due to societal expectations and the prominence of traditional gender roles, the seaside is typically a male-dominated space.

The sale of the artworks will be used to support the charity Sea Sisters LK, a Sri Lankan charity that empowers women, creating a safe space for them to learn to swim and surf, opening up endless possibilities in the process.

Background

“These found negatives offer a unique insight into a blessed moment in history — a moment of peace and joy and female community in the space between other darker periods of history. Using the negatives, I was able to preserve and raise awareness of this special moment.”  — Krisztina Czika 

The project came into being after Czika’s artist residency in Sri Lanka was cancelled due to the global pandemic, and because of travel restrictions and a strict lockdown, she found herself, to all intents and purposes, trapped on the island. One day during a brief respite from lockdown, Czika found the negatives in a pile of street trash. She wasn’t able to see exactly what she’d found, however, until she returned to her studio in Amsterdam in August 2020.

Concrete was used for the same reasons it’s used everywhere in urban society: because of its strength and durability.These qualities made it the perfect material to preserve the memories that were stored on the negatives. Previously discarded, almost lost forever, these faded memories are now preserved on a material which hardens and cures over time, allowing the moments shared by these women to be passed on to the next generation.

Cause

“In Sri Lanka, local women are hardly seen in the ocean. Despite growing up on an island, most women have never learnt how to swim and thus, fear the ocean.

This is the result of traditional gender norms and cultural expectations that has prevented the ocean from becoming 'an accepted space' for women. Particularly in rural areas, women are expected to stay at home and take care of their families, often excluding them from the recreational and economic opportunities of surf tourism.” 
— Sea Sisters

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Amsterdam
Art Week

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Saturday & Sunday
the 28-29th

Viewing at The Art Embassy

It was possible to visit the exhibition in person by making an appointment online. The exhibition took place in The Embassy of Art space run by Sybila Baumann and Kris van der Hart. The Embassy of Art is a unique space for art and art lovers to come together in a hospitable and inspiring environment and thus, the perfect space for our exhibition.

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Watch Online

Watch Online

Watch Online

On Wednesday 25th November at 7pm, we streamed “Visiting Mermaids”, a video made by Konstantin Guz. This video featured Kris and Sybila (founders of the Embassy of Art) who will open the exhibition online. The stream also featured talks by Amanda Prifti (founder of Sea Sisters) and Krisztina Czika (artist).

On Friday 27th at 7pm, we streamed artist talks by Sioejeng Tsao and Lyuba Matyunina. Both of whom use their art to raise awareness of social and environmental issues. You will also be able to see Czika, via live stream, working on her final piece made for the exhibition. 

Wednesday the 25th

Opening and Guest speakers

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Friday the 27th

"Live Art Act" & Guest Speakers

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Contact

Contact

Contact

Krisztina Czika

Artist

INSTAGRAMwww.krisztinaczika.com

The Embassy of Art

Host

INSTAGRAMwww.embassyofart.nl
Sperwerlaan 23,
1021EM, Amsterdam