30.5. 2020 – 28.6. 2020
Imagined Community II: Sharing the landscape
main screening: 11. 6. 2020
performance by Nikola Brabcová and Karin Šrubařová: 25. 6. 2020
curators Anna Remešová, Alžběta Bačíková and Markéta Jonášová
In the second chapter of the year-long programme Imagined Community titled Sharing the Landscape, etc. gallery presents videos that capture the relation between communities and the natural landscape. Among the subjects discussed will be community-supported agriculture, various land associations, and cooperatives, which prioritise the needs of the nature over economic interests based on the exploitation of natural resources, human labour and people’s lives. The curated screening complements a group exhibition titled The Last Day of Creation, which is on display in the Hraničář Gallery in Ústí nad Labem until the end of summer. As well as the screening, the exhibition also consists mostly of moving image works, which pose questions about the relation between man and the landscape he or she inhabits. The sharing of images is reflected in the sharing of landscape.
The local endeavours to save the landscape, framed by the community aspect of coexistence, represent particular utopias of the present time, which are trying to escape the anthropocentric colonisation of nature and fix what still can be fixed. Nevertheless, the experience of the enclosure of land and commons, intensified by neoliberalism, shows that in the future, we will need much more than just the creation of communities. Are these concrete utopias the goal or rather the means of a political fight? How to accept the toxicity of the environment as necessary for our coexistence on the planet? And in what landscape will we live in a hundred years?
6.7. 2020 – 9.8. 2020
Imagined Community III: Nusle, Nusle
curator: Markéta Jonášová
artists: Alžběta Kvasničková, Vojtěch Rada
The exhibition entitled Nusle, Nusle is based on Alžběta Kvasničková’s graduation project at Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, which focused on urban design and the possibilities of development of this city district with the help of social research and cooperation with local residents. In the gallery, the outputs of this project will be expanded to include a multimedia work by the artist Vojtěch Rada and accompanying events will focus on the reflection of the transformation of Nusle and the involvement of its inhabitants in the program of the gallery.
1.9. 2020 – 4.10. 2020
Lea Petříková – solo exhibition
Lea Petříková (* 1992) is an artist and theoretician working with the medium of moving image on a long term basis and in her new project she will focus on linking environmental themes and the motif of a collective. The author’s exhibition in the etc. gallery will explore the themes of observation and interaction with the environment – both personal and collective, and the psychedelic experience as an individual and collective act of shifting consciousness.
15.10. – 15.11. 2020
Imagined Community IV: Broadcasting
What would an exhibition broadcast on television look like today? Does television, which is increasingly losing its privileged position in transmitting information, still have a revolutionary potential in democratizing the distribution of art? What could the contemporary exhibition of moving image on television look like and what audience would it be intended for? In the last block of exhibitions, we will focus on the role of television in expanding the audience of contemporary video art, and thus spreading the impact of works that represent ideas about different communities.
26.11. 2020 – 20.12. 2020
Jiří Žák – solo exhibition
Jiří Žák (* 1989) has long been interested in the video-essay approach and critical reflection of historical events and the present. Currently he is working on an artistic research focused on the Czechoslovak arms industry since the end of the 1950s, especially on its strong trade relations with Syria in the past. Research serves as a basis for more general questions, such as the issue of Czech, or Czechoslovak identity in relation to non-European Others. The exhibition in etc. gallery will develop questions related to this research and test the author’s thinking on moving image as the medium of storytelling.