selfportrait from 'born naked II / on luxury, masculinity, consumption, bourgeoise, bad taste, propagation and fall of the iron curtain'
Since 2012, he has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Department of Photography and New Media. In 2014, he was on internship at Aalto University in Helsinki, having studied Visual Culture and Contemporary Art. In 2017 he was on internship at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, having studied Photography. Ľuboš Kotlár has presented his works at several group and solo exhibitions in Slovakia and abroad. In 2016 he was awarded one of the main prizes ‘Young talent of the year’ at Slovak Press Photo for his series What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank, while in 2017 he won 1st prize in ‘Portrait / series’ category at Slovak Press Photo for his series ‘Beginner’s guide to young colonialist’s point of view on very complex concepts such as diversity, religion, (in)equality, gender, gods (dis)approved (life)styles and instagrammability; case study : Jerusalem’.
artist statement :
The field of my interest has risen out of my own presence and experience in contemporary society. I started to study art, because I truly believed that art has power and potential to contribute to general discussion. I’m not focusing on one subject. What I’m trying to achieve is putting different concepts into various contexts within each other. Main topics I’m diving into are not only connected to minorities, gender, conventions and society's expectations, in the background there's searching for personal freedom and self-knowledge. My main motivation for creating is the moment of translating the history for next "generations"- to record what we witnessed first-hand, what we felt, what we fought for.