• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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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.



1982, Praha / CZ, at that time ČSSR

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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