STORIFICATION * Joy * Paradiso * Love * Stalaktits


We tell our story through paper dioramas build of vividly colored papers, magical characters, and clever use of technology. The motifs of paper dioramas in the ‘Storification’ exhibition reflect the 10 years-long co-creation of Ové Pictures. The exhibition curated by Mária Rišková took place last month, 2–16 October at the ATELIER XIII in Bratislava, was not built as a retrospective, but rather a reflexive one. The motifs of the dioramas did not only showcase the past works of Ové, but were more of an invitation to the audience to seek both life, human, and universal stories. 


“We all have our own story, and we mix up and jumble stories … It’s so natural to us that we don’t usually even talk or write about it. But in short, this is how it is: What we’ve actually done during the “x” number of years is making up stories and trying to tell them by using several other images, stories, myths, monsters, characters, references. It’s just the “fictional” what we put into the various stories to give them a sense or not.” — Ové Pictures


2020: Storification (solo exhibition), Atelier XIII, Bratislava, Slovakia

Artist: Ové Pictures

Curator: Mária Rišková

Paper cutouts: Ové Pictures, Barbara Kowalczuková

Pr: Michaela Kučová


JOY | paper diorama – papierová dioráma | 70 x 60 x 16 

“We celebrated it with pizza under Manderlák. Two girlfriends with no business plan. Gmail chat was our everyday reality, a green dot = online – that’s how we networked. We were living in a basement, drawing a movie, and it didn’t matter where we were; the sea, fags, and the song ‘Perfumes of Girls’ were enough. We had no big hopes at the time.”


PARADISO | paper diorama – papierová dioráma | 70 x 50 x 16 

“We got an award at a big festival, and we spent all the prize money on a flight to Australia. We spent a month there, opening a festival in Melbourne, meeting Signe Baumane, falling for the beauty of a mangrove tree, seeing a shark – it was massive. In love and alone.”


LOVE | paper diorama – papierová dioráma | 40 x 70 x 16 

“Love is minimally concrete, but the moment is obvious. An imperfect woman is lying with a huge needle on, the needle is pushed down by the largest hand. It is like our particles — it has no clear rules, and it hurts. “


STALAKTITS | paper diorama – papierová dioráma | 50 x 60 x 16 

“It was a shock. You’re dripping downwards. Anything you touch spills.

Time is liquid, everything keeps dripping, milk, blood, tears; wine is being drunk.

It wasn’t that bad, after all. “


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