Participants

Adriena Šimotová

*1926 Prague; †2014 Prague
Šimotová was a painter, graphic artist, and sculptor. She graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. She worked predominantly with materials such as white handmade paper, tracing paper, and washi and processed these by means of cutting and layering. She often imprinted parts of her body into the materials. While her work is frequently attributed to the feminist art movement, her personal politics were more rooted in resistance to the communist regime of Czechoslovakia.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Alena Kučerová

*1935 Prague
Kučerová graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. During the early stages of her career in the 1950s and 1960s, she focused on ink line drawings, and, among other works, she created drawings based on the texts of the German poet Christian Morgenstern. Her dotted ink practice later evolved into works involving perforated metal plates, initially used as matrices for graphic prints and later as independent, tangible art objects. She lives and works in Lhota u Staré Boleslavi.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Alice Nikitinová

*1979 Žatec
Nikitinová graduated from the Jiří Sopko Painting Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Her work is based on the tradition of abstract painting of the twentieth century avant-gardes, but she also uses everyday objects as a formal source. In recent years, she has been capturing everyday scenes mainly through the technique of drawing. She lives and works in Prague.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Alina Kopytsa

*1983 Poliske
Kopytsa graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine and currently studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zürich. In her artistic practice she tackles themes of gender relations, sexual behavior, and fetishism with an uncomplicated, humorous approach. Currently she makes use of upcycled textiles, painting, sculpture, and performance. She lives and works in Zürich.


Venue: Prague Market

Allan Elgart

*???? USA
In the 1960s Allan Elgart was an exchange student at FAMU in Prague. During this period, he wrote and directed two short films – My Time Is Your Time Is Our Time – There Is No Time (1966) and Changes and Transformations (1967). The production of the latter was supervised by the seminal Czech director Evald Schorm. Following this short episode, Elgart ceased pursuing a career in filmmaking.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Alžběta Bačíková

*1988 Hodonín
In her work Alžběta Bačíková mainly deals with moving images. As part of her artistic practice, she has created a number of video portraits and collaborated with blind and deaf artists. She studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology, where in 2018 she completed her dissertation on the topic of documentary approaches in contemporary video art. In 2017 she started working at etc. gallery in Prague as a curator, and since 2019 she has also worked for Artyčok.TV. She lives and works in Prague.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Anna Kravets

*1988 Sumy
Kravets holds a double master's in cultural studies and social sciences from NaUKMA (Kiev, Ukraine) and EHESS (Marseille, France) and is active as a radio journalist, producer, artist, researcher, and translator. In her practice she has addressed the linguistic aspects of power relations as well as mechanisms of collective imagination, anthropology of voice, work in migration, and experimental media. Her current experimental and research projects oscillate between work and routine philosophies, conditions of precarity and participative vocalizations. She runs a radio show about the shifting status of work and leisure. She lives and works in Kiev.

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Antanas Sutkus

*1939 Kluoniškiai
Sutkus is a Lithuanian artist who studied journalism at Vilnius University in the 1950s, only to later shift his focus to photography. At a time when Lithuania was a part of the Soviet Union, and propaganda attempted to establish an image of a model citizen, Sutkus created a series of oppositional photographs depicting ordinary people in casual, everyday situations. He lives and works in Vilnius.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Bohumila Doleželová

*1922 Prostějov; †1993 Telč
Míla Doležalová was the nickname of the academic painter Bohumila Doleželová. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 1950. Her work was inspired by Eastern and Byzantine art. She was also influenced by Mexican painters, Pablo Neruda, and the Spanish poet F.G. Lorca. She was referred to as the “Gypsy Painter” thanks to her creation of a set of six hundred paintings on the subject as well as her illustrations for a book of Romany fairy tales.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Candice Breitz

*1972 Johannesburg
Breitz holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the University of Chicago, and Columbia University in New York City. Most recently her work has focused on the conditions under which empathy is produced, reflecting on a media-saturated global culture in which strong identification with fictional characters and celebrity figures runs parallel to widespread indifference to the plight of those facing real world adversity. Following the completion of her works Love Story (2016) and TLDR (2017), she is currently working on the third part of a video trilogy that delves into the dynamics of the attention economy as well as expanding her ongoing series Labour. She lives and works in Berlin.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Collection of flint stones from the open-air museum in Bolatice

Thanks to the activities of Jiří Dudek, a collector of minerals from Hlučín, and the local town government, in 2013 a permanent exhibition was opened at the Bolatice open-air museum of folk traditions consisting of more than 6,000 flint stones that Dudek collected in the Hlučín and Opava regions. A small portion of these stones are shown at our exhibition with the aim of introducing visitors to this material, which was highly valued in prehistoric times because it is easily worked and breaks into sharp flakes that make it ideally suited for the production of hand axes, knives, drill bits, and arrowheads. Flint consists for the most part of silicon dioxide. Most flint found in the Czech Republic comes not from local sources, but was transported here from the Baltic region by glacial action. Although in the digital age flint has lost its utilitarian function, in our collective cultural memory it continues to evoke memories of the Stone Age. The human drive to collect made the collection possible and reflects our need for safety and our instinct for survival, which today’s world is incapable of fulfilling and which reawakens our contact with the archetypal “lost” memory represented by the collected items. Today’s hand axe (the mobile telephone or tablet) is similarly characterized by a rounded surface that hides the complexity of the entropy contained in broken shards. By reflecting on the tectonics of this fascinating egg-shaped object (which in mythology symbolizes the beginning of the world), human knowledge of geological, physical, tectonic, and other processes is rejoined with memory and contemporary politics.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Elisabeth Subrin

*1965 Boston, Massachusetts
Subrin is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and visual artist. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her interdisciplinary practice, at the intersection of conceptual media art and independent film, she examines the nature of psychological disorders, the legacy of feminism, and the influence of recent social and political history on contemporary life. She lives and works in New York City.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Eric Baudelaire

*1973 Salt Lake City
Baudelaire is an artist and filmmaker based in Paris, France. After training as a political scientist at Brown University, Baudelaire established himself as a visual artist with a research-based practice, developing films that are part of broad installations including works on paper, performance, publications, and public programs.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Eva Springerová

*1928 Prague; †1994
Springerová graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, and her artistic practice comprised various sculptures. She created smaller intimate pieces as well as large installations for public spaces. She often portrayed female bodies performing routine activities such as cleaning floors or hanging laundry.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Hafiz Rancajale

*1971 Pekanbaru
Rancajale is one of the founders of Forum Lenteng (2003) and the collective ruangrupa (2000). He is currently an active video/media artist and documentary filmmaker. He has directed a variety of experimental short films and feature documentaries. With Forum Lenteng he publishes a journal of film and video theory online at www.jurnalfootage.net. In 2003, together with ruangrupa, he initiated the OK. Video Jakarta International Video Festival at the National Gallery of Indonesia. The OK. Video festival is the largest international video and media art festival in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. In 2010 he published a book and compilation of video art 10 Years of Indonesian Video Art. In 2013 Rancajale initiated the Jakarta International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival ARKIPEL, where he sits as Artistic Director until today. He lives and works in Jakarta.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Indefinite Collective

A project by Volodymyr Kuznetsov, a Ukrainian artist who graduated from the Lviv National Academy of Arts. In his artistic practice he explores the links between the private and the public in order to establish new contexts and ideas. He embraces the esthetics of the everyday and explores shared memory to discover novel concepts within personal and collective consciousness. He lives and works in Kiev.

Venue: Holešovice Train Station – Underpass

Institute of Anxiety

The Institute of Anxiety was founded by Zuzana Blochová, Edith Jeřábková, Barbora Kleinhamplová, and Eva Koťátková as a platform to explore phenomena linked to anxiety, a dominant effect of late capitalist society. The institute’s projects overcome the familiar frameworks of artistic practice and implement various strategies including collective action and environmental activism, tackling the themes of sleeplessness, stress, estrangement, lack of empathy, inequality, and violence.


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Isabela Grosseová & Jesper Alvaer

Jesper Alvaer (born 1973 in Copenhagen) and Isabela Grosseová (born 1976 in Prague) have been working together as an artistic duo since 2005. Over the course of their collaboration they have engaged with various research topics in different ways – exhibitions, covert performances, relational pieces, and workshops – in order to test the contemporary limits of artistic labor, enhancing their study by applying methodologies of the social sciences. Through employment, delegation, and other forms of collaboration, the projects of Grosseová and Alvaers scrutinize the relationships linking artists and other participants of the artistic process, asking how much can one subtract from the professional role of an artist and still be able to share artistic faculties with others. Alvaer was a research fellow at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in the period of 2013-2017 with the project “Work, Work: Staging Dislocation in Artistic and Non-artistic Labour”. Grosseová defended her doctoral work “Gravity of Artistic Competence” at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (AVU) in 2020.


Venue: DBK Plaza; Panorama Hotel Prague; GHMP | Municipal Library

Iza Pavlina

*1991 Celje
Pavlina graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in 2018. This young Slovenian artist creates installations and uses experimental media and techniques to explore issues related to feminism, female identity, pornography, sexuality, and authenticity. Her works are often participatory, located in an online space, and the viewers’ reactions are perceived as part of the work of art. She lives and works in Celje.

Venue: Prague Market

Jean-Charles de Quillacq

*1979 Parthenay
de Quillacq studied at ENSBA Lyon and at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. He develops sets of sculptures that are both conceptual and fetishistic. He often shows them by inviting other people to take charge of exhibiting them, accepting a certain loss of control over the potential deviations that these collaborations could cause. In recent years he has been working with epoxy resin, which he tirelessly kneads like a “psychological material”. He mixes it with other substances like nicotine, urine, or Viagra, or blows blue ink from ballpoint pens into it. This demanding mouth-work underscores the performative aspect and orality in a practice that has given rise to several performances. He lives and works in Sussac and Zürich.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Jirka Skála

*1976 Sušice
Jirka Skála graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2004. In his conceptual practice, he predominantly works with text, which he considers to be the most universal artistic medium. He lives and works in Prague.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Jiří Žák

*1989 Gottwaldov
Žák graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2016. He works primarily with video, and in his projects he addresses specific sociopolitical themes in relation both to history and to present times. By means of experimental films, video essays, and installations he explores ambiguous and complex aspects of today’s society. He lives and works in Prague.


Venue: Prague Market

Karol Radziszewski

*1980 Białystok
Radziszewski graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2004. In his artistic practice he works primarily with painting, film, photography, and installations, and his projects often have an interdisciplinary character. His archive-based methodology comprises various references originating in culture, religion, and gender. He lives and works in Warsaw.


Venue: Prague Market

Krešimir Golik

*1922 Fužine; †1996 Zagreb
Krešimir Golik was a Croatian film and television director who studied graphic design in Senj and Zagreb, where he also later worked for the production companies Jadran Film, Zagreb Film, and Croatia Film. In his films he used sentimental humor and irony to depict his characters.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Lucy Beech

*1985 Hull
Beech is a British filmmaker who completed her MA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her work incorporates documentary, fiction, choreography, and animation in order to explore the politics of care and contexts related to gender, sexuality, health, and reproduction. Borrowing methods from ethnography, she carefully reconstructs existing contexts using a seamless blend of documentary and fiction. Her methodology is a way of building a multi-faceted view of a social dynamic that reveals layered political and ethical positions as well unspoken feelings and tensions that shape and condition different contexts of giving and receiving care. She lives and works in Berlin and London.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Marina Abramović

*1946 Belgrade
Abramović is one of the pioneers of performance art. Abramović graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade (1970) and Zagreb (1972). In the following decades she made a name for herself with works that dramatically tested the endurance and limitations of her own body and mind and explored a new notion of identity by incorporating the participation of the observers. She lives and works in New York City.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Milan Mikuláštík

*1975 Slavičín
Mikuláštík is a conceptual artist, curator, pedagogue, journalist, and member of the art groups Mina and Guma Guar. He graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Technology in Brno in 1996 and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2002. Mikuláštík works with a wide range of techniques, ranging from installations and video art to photography and computer graphics.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Mothers Artlovers

Mothers Artlovers is a group of women who first began meeting in Brno and Prague in 2016. Its aim is to act as a support group for artists who are also mothers, and its members include visual artists, theorists, curators, documentary filmmakers, and activists – creative women for whom art is vitally important and whose interest in art does not wane with motherhood. Fathers are welcome, too, as are future parents and men and women who want to learn more about the subject. Besides acting as a support group, this artistic community also explores art that addresses the subjects of parenthood and family, including political and institutional questions. For this reason, Mothers Artlovers seeks to connect with similar groups abroad in order to create a functioning international platform.

Venue: Prague Market

Naděžda Plíšková

*1934 Rozdělov u Kladna; †1999 Prague
Naděžda Plíšková was a Czech graphic artist, ceramicist, sculptor, and poet. Her early work was influenced by surrealism, and in the following years she created autobiographical reflections of the social contexts associated with the politics of gender and consumerism. In her large-format graphic prints she ironically addressed her personal experience as an artist, mother, and woman.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Olga Čechová

*1925 Brno; †2010 Prague
Čechová graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. She explored the phenomena of the human body through graphic techniques such as drypoint, woodcut, and lithography. Later, book illustrations became the most significant area of her work. She illustrated numerous children’s books as well as collections of poetry, including those by seminal Czech poets Vladimír Holan and Jaroslav Seifert.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Otty Widasari

*1973 Balikpapan
Widasari studied at the Jakarta Institute of Arts (2011-2013). Widasari uses various mediums in her artistic practices such as video, painting, and performance art. In her work, one can see elements of journalism, which she studied before beginning her artistic career. In 2003 she was also one of the founders of Forum Lenteng, a creative group that focuses on alternative education through audiovisual media. Since 2008 she has been the head of AKUMASSA at Forum Lenteng, a media studies program which utilizes media such as photography, video, and writing as tools for uncovering social and cultural struggles from the perspective of the common people.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz

Pauline Boudry (born 1972 in Lausanne) and Renate Lorenz (born 1963 in Berlin) have been working together in Berlin since 2007. They produce installations that choreograph the tension between visibility and opacity. Their films capture performances in front of the camera, often starting with a song, a picture, a film or a score from the near past. They upset normative historical narratives and conventions of spectatorship, as figures and actions across time are staged, layered and re-imagined. Their performers are choreographers, artists and musicians, with whom they are having a long-term conversation about the conditions of performance, the violent history of visibility, the pathologization of bodies, but also about companionship, glamour and resistance.

Venue: Prague Market

Ragnar Kjartansson

*1976 Reykjavík
Kjartansson graduated from the Royal Academy in Stockholm in 2000 and the Icelandic Academy of Arts in 2001. His work usually consists of video installations and performances, but also drawings and paintings. In his work, he is inspired by the history of painting, literature, music, and visual culture. He often makes reference to classical theater, which, much like Ragnar's works, connects pathos with a comedic element. He lives and works in Reykjavík.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Raša Todosijević

*1945 Belgrade
Todosijević studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade (1969). A painter, sculptor, essayist, and conceptual artist, he was one of the most prominent figures of the Belgrade art scene in the 1970s. His diverse range of works includes paintings, installations, video installations, performances, and sculptures. The latter are often made from materials such as rubber, mud, or plaster, but also from bread, fish, or other randomly found objects. He lives and works in Belgrade.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Renato Guttuso

*1911 Baghera; †1987
Guttuso was an Italian painter and illustrator. In the 1930s he studied in Palermo, where he was influenced by contemporary movements such as Futurism and expressionism. Guttuso himself became a representative of “Corrente”, a creative movement which rejected official culture, criticized fascism and the Spanish Civil War, and spread democratic social values through a wide range of media. Guttuso’s art is primarily figurative and socially-oriented. It uses color as the main means of expression and also bears other formal features that are characteristic of European avant-garde trends of the first half of the twentieth century.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Róbert Gabriš

*1986 Hnúšťa-Likier
Gabriš is a Slovak artist who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna. His work has long dealt with issues of different and changing identities, such as the queer body and its existence within various bodily and mental objects in relation to normative society and its boundaries. He lives and works in Vienna.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Selma Selman

*1991 Bihać
In her artistic practice, Selma Selman aims to protect and enable female bodies and enact a cross-scalar approach to the collective self-emancipation of oppressed women. Her personal experience with oppression from various sources and scales has affected her search for new forms of potent political resistance. Selman is also the founder of the organization Get The Heck To School, which strives to empower ostracized Roma girls worldwide. She lives and works in USA and Europe.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Studio of Irreversible Change

Located in the middle of the exhibition is a different kind of space where works of art are made in situ over the course of the exhibition, without any predetermined dimensions, techniques, media, or time. The project works with the concept of free improvisation, which has a long tradition in ancient, modern, and contemporary music – here transferred onto the presentation of visual art in a gallery setting. Other precursors are the Merzbau or the concept of open form. In view of the uncertain nature of the starting parameters, the course taken by the installation will depend on the relationships between the individual artistic intents and an artificially created collectivity without predefined rules. Even improvisation has its leitmotif or its basso continuo, a line around which the various other parts are developed. This foundation grows from the artists’ interest in materiality, in the material tectonics and the materials’ imagination, which over the past decade have been suppressed by an emphasis on ideas and concepts. This new interest in materialism is not purely poetic, but is accompanied by the discoveries of empirical science and technological progress, which do not view art separately but understand it within the ethical and political context. It is this intimate and highly immediate experience of the interconnectedness of living and non-living nature that the studio aims to share with the viewer. The studio’s program and participants will be published on an ongoing basis.


Artists:
Martin Vongrej


Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Sung Tieu

*1987 Hai Duong
Sung Tieu is a Vietnamese-born, Berlin and London-based artist. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg. Her practice spans a range of media, predominantly installation, sound, moving image, sculpture, and photography. She brings together a rich vocabulary from journalism, archival research, and conceptual art traditions and creates nuanced and layered exhibitions and moments of display. Her work contends with notions of history and analyses of transnational movements of both people and objects, be it through the investigation of diaspora communities or the commercial, hyper-accelerated ways in which global capitalism is reproduced. Writing as a research process and as a medium is a recurrent thread in her work. She lives and works in Berlin.

Venue: Prague Market

Taring Padi

An independent organization operating in the field of art and culture. On December 21st, 1998, Taring Padi declared its Cultural Manifesto, which expressed fervent opposition to the doctrine of art for art’s sake through both state and private institutions throughout the New Order period in Indonesia. Taring Padi feels that the people of Indonesia are oppressed not only in the fields of economy and politics, but in the cultural sector as well, in that their right to creative expression in order to create, develop, and self-determine their own culture has been repressed. For Taring Padi, art is at once a medium and a weapon for art workers to express their ideas to the people. Taring Padi defines its goal as the rebuilding of a people’s culture and advocates for a united conception of People-Orientated Art (Seni Kerakyatan). Taring Padi’s measure for social commitment emphasizes popular consciousness and the importance of siding with the people.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Thomas Hirschhorn

*1957 Bern
Hirschhorn graduated from the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zürich in 1983. He began his graphic design career as a member of the creative collective ‘Grapus’. In his independent work, he focuses on the production of collages and larger objects that fill the exhibition space. To create these installations, he uses a variety of everyday found materials, such as cardboard, tape, and wood. The low cost of these materials carries a political message about inclusivity, universality, and economic affordability. Hirschhorn has created over seventy works in public spaces questioning the autonomy, authorship, and resistance of art. He lives and works in Paris.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Tuan Mami

*1981 Hanoi
Mami graduated from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts in Hanoi. In his interdisciplinary practice he applies forms of video, installation, performance, and also conceptual strategies. Mami’s projects, which are often site-specific, address the primary questions of links between art, human beings, perception, reality, and social interactions. He lives and works in Hanoi.

Venue: Prague Market

Veronika Šrek Bromová

*1966 Prague
Bromová graduated from the studio of graphics and illustration at the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague in 1993. She works with a wide range of media including painting, video, photography, sound, and installation. Bromová focuses on the object of the human body and its conflict with technology and machines. The confrontation between the technical and the physical elements leads not only to a visual mutation of the human body, but also to the discovery of intimacy and the examination of the self. She lives and works in Prague.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Věra Merhautová

*1921 Prague; †1996 Prague
Merhautová was a figurative sculptor. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and created a number of sculptures in the public space. In addition to minor concrete sculptures, she created several sculptural monuments, including the statue of the journalist Jožka Jabůrková, who was affiliated with the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library

Viola Ježková

*1979 Prague
Ježková studied theology at Charles University and documentary filmmaking at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Since 2017 she has been the dramaturge of radio documentaries for Czech Radio Vltava. She also teaches at FAMU and lectures in various film workshops. In her experimental films, which cross the border between documentary and video art, she processes intimate experiences associated with motherhood or personal loss. She lives and works in Prague.

Venue: GHMP | Municipal Library