LAST SPACE FOR A MAN: curators: Pavla Gajdošíková, Daniela Baráčková, Petra Herotová

02/05/2012 - 03/06/2012

Opening: 02/05/2012

Karlin Studios, Prvního pluku 2, Praha 8

Artists: Daniela Baráčková, Pavla Gajdošíková, Petra Herotová, Katarína Hládeková, Eva Jiřička, Barbora Klímová, Eva Koťátková, Jan Pfeiffer, Iveta Pilařová, Tereza Severová, Veronika Vlková, Ladislav Vondrák, Monika Vondráková


The exhibition project Last space for a man has been concieved by its curators Pavla Gajdošíková, Daniela Baráčková a Petra Herotová rather based on a common intuition instead of strictly limited content scheme. The joining topic here is the space. It is however not thematised only upon atributes that demarcate it (architecture etc.), but also through factors, which “fills” it, as events, experiences or feelings. Participating artist are not considering space in an objective, speculative way, rather present themselves as its co-creators and co-holders of its meaning. It might be our living in time and space and our relation to it, or a space where we find ourselves unvoluntary, as social or health institutions, where the space is something we are obliged to share. It might also be a locality, which genius loci is a part of the final artist work.

The ambition of this project is therefore to combine points of view on a space as being a gift and a burden in the same time. The seemingly exhausted topic of a man and a space however offers still many new possibilities – place as a status, determination of relationships, fatality of territory, limits of orientation, relativity of positions.

As the strategy of research in this project has been inviting artists upon the criteria of already existing works or character of their creation in general. This has followingly led to further cooperations. This exhibition is therefore a synthesis between works created independently and participative works resulted of iniciated cooperation. This conception has therefore arised stories which together creates a plot background of the show. It could indicated in the lines below:

Pavla Gajdošíková has asked for cooperation Daniela Baráčková, who has further asked Petra Herotová. After some time they invited more artist. Jan Pfeiffer as a „mental architect“.

Daniel Baráčková shot a view from her grandmothers bed, who died in a senior house in Montenegro.

Pavla Gajdošíková monitored the most taken trajectories of Daniela Baráčková, Tereza Severová and her own. All of them has small child.

Petra Herotová send by post to Daniela Baráčková her Temelin drawings. Petra moved in Temelin from Blansko. In Temelin her husband works.

Katarína Hládeková let transport the model of her house, which ruins. It is already a second model. In the first one she has been managing a gallery 1k15, in this new one she is exhibiting photos of her grandfather and amateur photographer Vladimír Majerčiak.

Eva Jiřička has been asking for last year old ladies, which would be the one thing, they would také with them, if they would have to leave their home. The collection of answers she incarnate in her artwork. At its centre stays a stick, as the only object present within the interviews.

Barbora Klímová has been meeting Daniela Baráčková and Jan Pfeiffer on Rohansky island near by Karlin Studios. They have been walking, participating and intervening in to the surround of this developing are, soon to be filled with new exclusive flats and offices.

Eva Koťátková brought a library, her own version of movable library, in the past common in hospitals. Usually it has been the staff who made it. The books has been then selected in a way not to disrupt the mental state of the patients.

Jan Pfeiffer became a witness of a situation, where his friend who lived illegally in the USA for twenty years was forced by the authorities to leave the country. The story of the deportation is the subject of his videoinstallation.

Iveta Pilařová brought her video, in which a man flits in water. He is either learning again to walk, or he tries not to forget how to walk.

Tereza Severová extended the common exhibition space of a „video windows“ element. Those are being erased and blinded in an endless loop.

Veronika Vlková invited to her appartment in Brno Eva Jiřička. She was supposed to react to installation prepared for her in the flat.

Ladislav Vondrák and Monika Vondráková shot a video, documenting Monica standing bend and leaning on the doorframe in their flat.


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