Yawning

24 July – 24 August,1998
Martin Zet, David Miller, Charlie Citron, Miloš Vojtěchovský
At Home Gallery, Šamorín
Slovakia

under construction

Ásítás / Zívanie / Yawning,
Site specific installations for the Šamorín Synagogue

Opening performance by Michal Murin and Peter Kalmus

Martin Zet - kinetic object
David Miller - ironcast objects
Charlie Citron - prepared photography
Miloš Vojtěchovský - sound installation

Curators: Miloš Vojtěchovský, Csaba Kiss

Supported by the Czech Cultural Center in Slovakia, special thanks to Lenka Zogatová

Reminiscence

The sound installation was designed for the space of the former building of the synagogue in Šamorín. The Jewish community built a new synagogue on the eastern outskirts of town In 1912. The local community had 318 members in 1930 but was devastated during the war. Šamorín's former synagogue stands at the heart of a traditional architectural setting that also comprises a former Jewish school and other Jewish communal buildings. The Jewish cemetery is located nearby. The synagogue, a rather small building was spared twice from destruction. The German army, which used the building as an ammunition dump, wanted to destroy it when it retreated from town in 1945 – but did not do so. In the 1990s, after the building had stood neglected for decades, Csaba and Suzanne Kiss stepped in and saved it from demolition. They restored the synagogue as a precious historical site, conserving evidence of the damage it had suffered, and established there the At Home Gallery, a center for contemporary art and cultural dialogue. The almost empty interiour of the building was sonicly animated with the sounds of wings of flying pigeons, among other but could resemble as well wings of invisible angels.