The first edition of the biennale Matter of Art deals with questions of coexistence in a society in which people have ceased to speak a common language. It dwells on areas where language breaks down, examines contempt, irritation, fear, frustration, lack of understanding, anger, aggression, fear, apathy, indifference and anxiety. It focuses on emotions and the body. With the feeling that it is necessary to find common ground, it seeks the causes and social conditions of the emotional mood of contemporary society. It seeks these causes in the past, in the present, or views them from the perspective of potential scenarios of the future.
Presentism, a toxic present, backwardness, nostalgia, revision, modernity. Every exhibition becomes a battle between forms, for which of them will allow us to plan at least another breath with the hope of survival, a five year plan, a future.
Matter of Art, Biennale, Prague, 2020, first edition
June 2020–Aug 2020
Curated by Vít Havránek and Tereza Stejskalová
organized by tranzit.cz
Curator and researcher from Prague. She is part of tranzit.cz, and she lectures at the Film and TV Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Her curatorial projects are research-based and collaborative. Her recent endeavours include a long-term research on the cultural diplomacy and internationalism of Czechoslovakia in collaboration with Zbyněk Baladrán. Various fragments of this research have appeared as a part of Kids Want Communism at Museums Bat Yam, 2016, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, 2017, It Won’t Be Long Now, Comrades, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, 2017, or as an exhibition Biafra of Spirit at the National Gallery in Prague, 2017. In 2017 she organized a six-month long seminar Feminist (Art) Institution at Tranzitdisplay, Prague with the code of practice and the alliance of eleven institutions from the Czech Republic and Slovakia around this code of practice as a result. She has contributed numerous texts to catalogues, anthologies, journals and websites.
tranzit.cz is a contemporary art initiative that was founded in 2002. It is a part of tranzit.org network working independently in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Romania supported by Erste Foundation. It organizes exhibitions, debates and discussion formats, publishes books while facilitating access to all forms of interlocutors, audiences and communities. tranzit.cz operates at the intersection of contemporary art, academia and civil society.
tranzit has a long and rich history of exhibitions, discussions and publishing activities with both local and international reach. Tranzit has been engaged in numerous international projects, such as Monument to Transformation 1989 – 2009; Manifesta 8; Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, and others (for more see http://cz.tranzit.org/en).
tranzit.cz follows the Code of Practice of Feminist Art Institution promoting fair work conditions and gender balance http://feministinstitution.cz/code-of-practice/
Partners & contact
Municipal Library of Prague
City Gallery Prague
City of Prague
Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
in collaboration with
Visual Culture Research Center