Biennale Matter of Art Prague 2022

The second edition of the biennale will take place from July 21 to October 23, 2022, in Prague, Czech Republic

The exhibition and public program will be open to the public free of charge. The biennale will comprise newly commissioned and existing artworks, performances, film screenings, lectures, and discussions. The biennale is organized by the tranzit.cz initiative in cooperation with Prague City Gallery. On the occasion of the biennale, tranzit.cz will publish a bi-lingual anthology of texts that will further develop the thematic anchoring of the project from various artistic, critical, and historical perspectives.  

The 2022 biennale explores what lies beyond the identity of Central and Eastern Europe as a space in-between, caught up between belonging to “Fortress Europe” and remaining Europe’s periphery. The biennale will examine the power in vulnerability and resilience. It will incorporate the “minor” perspectives of children, enthusiasts, the illiterate, and kidults, and the “poor” experiences of the chronically ill, prematurely deceased, or monstrous as agents who act, create, and deliberate meanings. The biennale is the result of the collective work of an international curatorial group composed of Rado Ištok, Renan Laru-an, Piotr Sikora, and tranzit.cz

The project will be and is being already affected by the current situation in Ukraine.

The project will be and is being already affected by the current situation in Ukraine. The biennale team stands in solidarity with their colleagues, cultural workers in Ukraine, and everyone whose life has been disrupted and threatened by the current war as well as people in Russia and Belarus protesting the war and risking persecution. We, the organizers at tranzit.cz, wake up with the war and go to sleep with the war. Our lives are currently determined by it and by efforts to mitigate its terrible effects. We condemn this war as well as all other wars. Despite the situation, we are continuing with the preparations for the biennale as we strongly believe that art plays an important role in understanding complex situations and offers important yet often overlooked insights into the nature of political relations.

The creator of the visual identity of the 2022 biennale is designer and typographer Ondřej Báchor. His work has been honored with the Swiss Design Award and the Morisawa Type Award. After graduating from Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne, he engaged in education through working as a teaching assistant for the Master in Type Design in Lausanne.

Biennale Matter of Art is a founding member of the East Europe Biennial Alliance. The main partner of tranzit.cz is the ERSTE Foundation. The biennale is a part of the project tranzit.cz / Biennale Matter of ArtCenter and Periphery: Cultural Deserts in Eastern Europe,” which is supported by grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway (EEA Grants) in the scope of the Culture Program