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Štefan Papčo





The objective behind sculptural spatial experiments is to investigate land as a bearer of potential to describe long-term development of a society bound to a specific place. Events and changes associated with the approach to the land and its utilization gives us a report on the spirit of the era in chosen time periods. My aims are the contemporary forms of use of alpine landscape, primarily the mountain climbers’ community well known for their readiness to willingly enter bordering life-threatening situations. The space illustration of extreme situations and settings from the mountain climbing environment offers the possibility to grasp the space as a text predetermined for recording of important elements in contemporary development of the society that uses the outdoor space. The strategy of typological investigation of the mountain climbing environment is based on formal minimalization of existential experiences, the process interventions and an active climbing experience.

Impressive ascent is always a mixture of enormous effort, fear, beauty, pain, happiness, trembling, risk and in the end, catharsis. To be able to realize a hard ascent, it is necessary to understand conditions, read the rock and to accept the space as a partner of yours. This partnership allowed me to see and feel the power of unique (often hidden) places which are not easy accessible and the weather conditions change often and rapidly – what means the perception of the space one is climbing through is almost always different. Depth and the volume of emptiness surrounding those places is one of my tools for development the dialogue with the indescribable.

Featured events

HISK Open Studios 2019, Sofia Caesar, Photo Laure Cottin Stefanelli

Open Studios 2019

24/05/2019 27/05/2019
  HISK - Open Studios
HISK Open Studios 2020, Oussama Tabti, photo Diego Lama

Open Studios 2020

18/09/2020 21/09/2020
  HISK - Open Studios
In a Long Blink of an Eye, exhibition shot, © Laure Cottin Stefanelli & Manuel Wetscher

In a Long Blink of an Eye

17/12/2020 31/01/2021
HISK Gosset site, Gabrielle Petitstraat 4, Brussel, BE HISK - Laureaten tentoonstelling
Stalen, 2021


20/03/2021 30/05/2021
Gallery De Filatuur, Brussel, BE Tentoonstelling
080521 Dries Brugge
De Poortersloge, Brugge, BE Tentoonstelling
Sonsbeek Quadrennial, 2021

Sonsbeek 20>24. Agora

02/07/2021 29/08/2021
Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem, NL HISK - Tentoonstelling


09/09/2021 03/10/2021
Gosset site, Brussel, BE HISK - Alumnitentoonstelling