Robert Gabris is a Slovakian contemporary artist, based in Vienna. The artist, who is of Roma origin, works in multimedia and often touches upon sensitive and complex issues of being a double minority, and about entanglements of identity, gender and sexual orientation. He is in residence at Gallery8 with the support of the International Visegrad Fund.Curator: Luca Pintér, Timea Junghaus
“My sewing room is an abstract place where no one else can enter, as it exists only in my mind. Anyone who wants to learn more can see fragments and images of this room at my exhibition. What happens inside is translated to the outside through the graphic narrative and metaphors.
So, come in, welcome to my room.
This room is a retreat, where I escape if I‘m not well, I want to be alone and want to spend time with my thoughts. This state offers the total solitude and emptiness that is necessary for me. Here I re-act the past and construct the future.
At certain moments, my room becomes an urgent, acute retreat, which is interpreted in my drawings. I portrayed myself asexually in the center of large-scale drawings. I‘ve drawn my face a second time into a mirror, above the sink where clear water comes from. I wear make up with a female touch.
I have drawn myself without genitals to see how it would be without gender norms and roles. How would society look at me and how far would this affect my life being viewed differently?
I use time and space here to be alone in order to be compatible with this world. ”
On view until October 27, 2017. More information: www.Gallery8.org