Dušan Kochol

Slovak, 1983

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Dušan Kochol graduated in Promotional Art Design from the School of Applied Arts and attended photography courses at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the London College of Fashion. He completed a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy at the Institute of Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Czech Republic.

"Brother, sometimes you get beaten up because you simply ask for it. Getting a testosterone thrill out of the emasculating pain and then wearing your marks proudly as war medals of phallic legion. Fed on the adoration all that you, my hero, can deliver is to bully yourself to unconsciousness, as the castrating eclipse occurs. The collection of black and blue maps is growing, but the only road they show leads through your skin to the ugly side. Man up, shake off your ego erected goose bumps to make way for the pain to paint those bruises all over again."

Kochol's projects have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. In 2016, he was presented with the Photographer of the Year award for his significant contribution to the quality, development and promotion of Slovak photography and in 2017, the artist became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He furthermore founded, directs and curates the festival of contemporary photography OFF Bratislava and a gallery of contemporary photography FOG Bratislava.