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  • Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
    20 September – 11 November 2017

    The Showroom (63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ, UK) Curated by: What, How & for Whom/WHW, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg, co-curated by Emily Pethick Preview: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30–8.30pm Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12–6pm The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom Director Emily Pethick. Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages an interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection. The project unfolded in six episodes in Zagreb, each iteration influencing, contradicting and reinforcing each other. It took place in a number of smaller art spaces, artists' studios, private apartments and other locations related to artistic production and the broader cultural landscape of the city. This final stage of the project at The Showroom continues to reframe and expand the context of the collection. Interlacing geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices, the project attempts to punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades, with more disorderly and experimental arrangements. The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinović's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion against social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide. The project is a cooperation with Kontakt Art Collection and is supported by Erste Group Bank AG and ERSTE Foundation. http://www.theshowroom.org/ http://www.whw.hr/

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Eva Koťátková

Eva Koťátková belongs to the youngest generation of the Czech Republic’s working artists; having arrived on the scene at the beginning of the millennium, these artists comprise the most progressive and productive group on the Czech art scene. Within this conceptually oriented generation, Koťátková stands out for her obsessively reworked pictures; these are linked to deeply personal, intensely felt experience. And a more generalized framework for such experience is gradually surfacing in her work, driven by the set of issues involving the profound conflict between a natural, free community and institutional structures. 

Schools, organizations, galleries, clinics, asylums, prisons and research institutions raise us, educate and retrain us, supervise us, and persuade us that the control and the regulation of even our most banal physical tasks result in an efficient economy and even spontaneity. In her extensive installations, Koťátková puts her imagination to work in order to allow us to experience the technology of discipline, in which our bodies grow into restraining mechanisms—surrogates, prostheses and supports of various types. Her installations are not an exterior portrayal of “discipline and punishment,” but an internal portrayal of our society and our suppressed memories.

 

J.S.

Born in Prague, Czech Republic, 1982.

Kotátková studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (Czech Republic), the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague, the San Francisco Art Institute (USA), and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (Austria), from 2002 to 2007. In 2007, at the age of 25, she was the youngest artist ever to be awarded the “Jindrich Chalupecky Award” for young artists in the Czech Republic.

Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.


Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2011 “Educational Model”, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Diepenheim, the Netherlands

2010 “House Arrest”, Conduits Gallery, Milan, Italy

2009 “Eva Kotátková – Dictation”, ARGE Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy

2008 “Eva Kotátková - I do it because they taught me to,” Meyer Riegger, Berlin, Germany

2007 “Part 1(Cutting Out, Gluing On, Drawing In)”, Entrance Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2006 “Speak Slower, Please”, Preproduction Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2005 “If this procedure should fail, we shall try the other”, (with Dominik Lang), Alcatraz Gallery, Hallein, Austria

2004 “Snež me / Eat Me”, Na bidylku Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic  


Group Exhibitions (selected):

2012 “Schloss Dyck 2012”, Sammlung Rheingold, Düsseldorf, Germany

2011 “Zeichnung?”, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany

2010 “Where Do We Go From Here?”, Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria

2009 “New Millenium, Minor Sensations”, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, South Korea

2008 “The Mechanics of the Canvas”, Ernst Museum; Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary

2007 “Gross Domestic Product II/ Hruby domácí produkt 2”, Mars Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2006 “Funciones del Cuerpo (Body Functions)”, 9th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

2005 “Hill 88 Project”, Marin Headlands, San Francisco, CA, USA

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