When the time swirls, when it turns into a black hole

4.12. - 9.2. 2020
Opening 3. 12. 2019, 18:00

Center for Contemporary Art FUTURA, Holečkova 49, Praha 5

Curated by Maija Rudovska

Artists: O.B.De Alessi, Michael Salerno, Thomas Moore, Dennis Cooper, Laura Gozlan, Radek Brousil, Darja Bajagić.


The walls are pulsing
Haunting desires of strangers
Bodies start to merge*

The itching, uncomfortable, alien feeling in your body, when it’s carried through a dark tunnel of change, the turbulence the movement creates, the hallucinating vision you attain, the intolerable state that causes pain and misery combined with lucid longing.

I wanted to stage the experience of adolescence, the dreams and nightmares that one experiences when transitioning from one place to another – the awkwardness, the uncanniness and darkness this journey comprises. Adolescence is a season of fast-paced development – moral, social, physical, cognitive, and emotional transformation. Imagine a body, - a distorted body, half of the body, parts of a body, an unpleasant body, a beautiful body, an ugly body… can you tolerate it? It’s both scary and captivating in its strangeness and alienness.

The mindset of a teenager – how does it manifest itself? Is it a grotesque picture of reality? Has the imagination gone wrong or just wild? Another reality? I wanted to explore the subject of fear and horror during the states of transition and change - the way how they become alternate states for expression, resistance and even healing. What pathway they have and what footprint they leave. The poetics, humour and unpleasantness they entail. A teenager’s mind can be a portrait of a decade or a time, pointing on to the power of transformative strength that goes alongside the chaotic dynamics characteristic of to the times we live in. It can also be a space and a place for (imagined) language. Futura Gallery’s space, the basement, offers a body for scenography and dramaturgy to this subject. The presence of a body as real (physical) and symbolic (psychological) is situated there in conversation with the language of architecture, revealing itself in various gestures and appearances.

* Thomas Moore, When People Die, 2018, published by Kiddiepunk

 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
 Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Laura Gozlan, Juveniles, 2019
Dennis Cooper, Zac’s Haunted House, 2019
Dennis Cooper, Zac’s Haunted House, 2019
Michael Salerno, Archive, 2019
Michael Salerno, Archive, 2019
Michael Salerno, Archive, 2019
Michael Salerno, Archive, 2019
Michael Salerno, Untitled, photographs from the series Home, 2013
Michael Salerno, Untitled, photographs from the series Home, 2013
O.B. de Alessi, My Little Room, 2019
O.B. de Alessi, My Little Room, 2019
Michael Salerno, Untitled, photographs from the series Home, 2013
Michael Salerno, Untitled, photographs from the series Home, 2013
O.B. de Alessi, My Little Room, 2019
O.B. de Alessi, My Little Room, 2019
Darja Bajagić, Amazing girls. With wonderful personalities. There saints. Talk to them about life. Love. Politics, 2015
Darja Bajagić, Amazing girls. With wonderful personalities. There saints. Talk to them about life. Love. Politics, 2015
Radek Brousil, The Imagery of Cry on Demand, 2019
Radek Brousil, The Imagery of Cry on Demand, 2019
Darja Bajagić, Amazing girls. With wonderful personalities. There saints. Talk to them about life. Love. Politics, 2015
Darja Bajagić, Amazing girls. With wonderful personalities. There saints. Talk to them about life. Love. Politics, 2015
Radek Brousil, The Imagery of Cry on Demand, 2019
Radek Brousil, The Imagery of Cry on Demand, 2019
Radek Brousil, The Imagery of Cry on Demand, 2019
Radek Brousil, The Imagery of Cry on Demand, 2019
Radek Brousil, The Imagery of Cry on Demand, 2019
Radek Brousil, The Imagery of Cry on Demand, 2019
Radek Brousil, The Imagery of Cry on Demand, 2019
Radek Brousil, The Imagery of Cry on Demand, 2019