The turn towards observation and mysterious voyeurism in the works of Jan Durina comes after a previous preoccupation with directed photography. Connections between observed reality, substantiality of the moment, personal experience with the photographed persona and the desire to portray mutual relationships simultaneously links us to nature – sleeping trees, force of the wind and the energy of the water. The figures are not just mere human bodies with strong visual energy, they are interconnected by relations and experience – genuine individuals. This connection of intimacy, the exposed human body and poetry of needs, are spoken of in the works of Jan Durina with implicit frankness, almost lightness.

(2015, Petr Hošek)

His images are mirrors of his own inner reality, autobiographical maps of his physical and mental location. Fascinated by the nature and natural absurdity of life itself, Durina explores his tense feelings in his images and takes us on a feral, emotive, visual, and conceptual journey through his contrast-filled world. From this, you can hear silent screams of broken beauty or be charmed by the still gestures of an anxiety that is domesticated but cruel. Jan Durina’s photographs are sleepy images full of symbolism, sensuality, and subconscious meanings. They are portraits of emotional states, sudden shocks, and unending hours of insomnia. Each of the photographs is an analysis of the nature, dynamic, and character of specific moods. A story constructed through a precise composition, a pedantic selection of textures, details, and accents, through the staged gestures of the models. In Durina’s photographs one can hear the song of goddesses turned into birds and the cry of fallen angels as well as the emptiness of a soul seized by insanity.

(2012, Magdalena Kownacka, F.A.I.T.)

Jan Durina’s photographs are in private collections in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, USA, England and Netherlands.


2012 – 2014 Academy of fine arts and design in Bratislava (Slovakia) – Department of Intermedia
2007 – 2011 Faculty of Arts, Technical University in Kosice (Slovakia) – Department of New Media (prof. Anna Tretter)
2009 – 2010 Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (Poland) – Photography Studio (prof. Agata Pankiewicz)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Horal, Ľudovít Fulla Gallery (SNG), Ruzomberok, Slovakia
2017 Recent Works, Hosek Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2016 Chlapcova hlava, A.M.180 Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2015 Studies, Jiri Svestka Gallery Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2014 I dream of you, Henry, YMCA, Bratislava, Slovakia
2013 Présentation de l’artist Jan Durina, Galerie La Traverse, Marseille, France
Those Girls, Galerie Art, Brno, Czech Republic
2012 Sometimes I Fight, Sometimes I Give Up (Photomonth in Krakow), F.A.I.T. gallery, Poland
2012 To není obraz, To je stín, Make Up gallery, Kosice, Slovakia
2011 Twenty three years in that house, but the boy might still be alive, Sourmilk Art Gallery, Menzago di Sumirago, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Hrádocký výber, Rumansky Art Centre, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia
2017 SEXPOSED – Uncensored, Galerie Školská (curated by Artedu), Prague, Czech Republic
2016 Oyster!, Zoya Museum (curated by Jiri Svestka), Modra, Slovakia
2014 Light Strip underneath My Lashes, Bunker – Nitrianska galéria, Nitra Slovakia
2013 Photography or Painting?, Flatgallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2013 Minimalni trvanlivost, Galerie Emila Filly, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
2010 Nepokojné médium (Slovak photography 1990-2010), Dom Umenia, Bratislava, Slovakia
2009 Self – Identity 2, The East Slovak Gallery, Kosice, Slovakia
2009 Self – Identity 1, Gallery of Peter Michal Bohúň, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia

Art Performances

2017 Gelber Himmel (participation in performance piece by Miriama Kardošová), Hosek Contemporary, Berlin (Germany)
2016 HORAL 1/3 / 2/3 / 3/3 (Performance Trilogy), Hosek Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2014 WOLF (Light Strip underneath My Lashes), Bunker – Nitrianska galéria, Nitra Slovakia

Selected Music Performances with Audiovisual Project FOR YOU KATRINA

2018 Klangstärke°18 Festival, Hildesheim, Germany
2018 Macao, Milan, Italy
2018 Säule (Berghain), Berlin, Germany
2018 KIOSK FESTIVAL, Zilina, Slovakia
2018 KHIDI, Tbilisi, Georgia
2018 DGTL FMNSM Festival, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany
2018 UMBO, Zürich, Switzerland
2018 Intruder Alert, Warsaw, Poland
2017 A4, Bratislava, Slovakia
2017 ParkingStoneXIII, Paris, France
2017 Creepy Teepee 2K17, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic