Eva Koťátková – Pictorial Atlas of a Girl Who Cut a Library into Pieces. Institutional, Operational and Organisational Rules and Regulations 1961–1989
Publisher: tranzit.cz, Prague, 2015
Authors: Eva Koťátková
Editors: Vít Havránek, Eva Koťátková
Translated by: Phil Jones
Design: Adéla Svobodová
Two-volume bilingual edition (Czech and English)
Pictorial Atlas of a Girl Who Cut a Library into Pieces is a book that s not intended to be read and contains but few words.
The artist does not speak or use language. Instead, her discourse is like an autopsy of displaced and dicovered images.
She dissects the body and separates limbs that intersect with buildings or ´birds´wings. No whole is unified but all is held together simply by temporary and contradictory forces. The heterogeneity of the images is a sign of conflict between bodies and forms. A conflict between bare life and the norms of society and its disciplinary institutions.
The 267 collages by Eva Koťátková in this publication were created between 2013 and 2015 in parallel with the anthology of texts entitled Institutional, Operational and Organisational Rules and Regulations 1961 - 1989. The anthology includes the internal regulations of a children's home, zoological garden, cemetery, hospital and post office, as well as many ordinances, such as the Ordinance on the Reporting of Persons Who Remain Abroad Illegally from 1970.