Dominika Trapp: Power must grow, if it doesn't grow it rots.

8. 9 - 2. 10. 2020

Opening: 8.9. 18:00

Curator: Caroline Krzyszton

Karlin Studios, Prvního pluku 2, Praha 8


In 1964, on his TV show Zur Person, the German journalist Günther Gauss asked Hannah Arendt if she wanted to exert influence with her work, she replied: "To be perfectly honest, I will say that when I work, I am not concerned with action or efficiency. (…) You know, the main thing for me is to understand: I have to understand. Writing, for me, is also part of this understanding. Writing is part of the comprehension process, isn't it? (...) - if I may be ironic - (influence is) an entirely masculine question. Men always have a terrible urge to exert influence, but I see it, in a way, from the outside. Me, try to influence? No, I want to understand. And when others understand -in the same way I have understood- then I feel gratification, like a sense of home."

There is no elusiveness in the fact that Dominika Trapp chose a quote from Hannah Arendt as the title for her exhibition. And one could even trace a connection between Arendt’s obsession for certain neutrality or objectivism in her analysis of power relations and Dominika’s perception of the multi-layered pattern of responsibilities in human actions - later becoming societal organizations, inducing different levels of interpretation.

Dominika Trapp is a young Hungarian artist and curator who recently focused her researches on orthorexia Nervosa and cultural-historical aspects of various eating disorders experienced by women. In her last project, she also researched the role of women in the Hungarian folklore/peasant culture and its critical interpretation in traditionalism and nationalism. For her exhibition at Karlin Studios, Dominika Trapp examines however her own personal experience to express rather controversial and intuitive thoughts on feminist theories. Using the painting as an ultimate medium of somatic experience, she addresses a profound need for healing through the power of interpretation and re-appropriation of the body.

Both Arendt and Trapp’s reflections aren't preparatory to any discussion, are not intended to build any majority. They are part of a conversation that is distinguished by its openness and engaged in the common space of understanding. No altercation between ready-made ideas, no dialectics, rather a collection of experiences, and, in the case of Dominika Trapp, research of "body truth".