Malleable Memory / Art for Public Space of Pardubice › 13/8–11/10/2020
INSTALLATIONS: Jan Dudešek (CZ/CH) – Comunite Fresca – Kjetil Kristensen (NO) – Matouš Lipus – Andrea Sobotková
SITUATIONS: Filip Jakš – Lenka Kerdová – Cristina Maldonado (MEX/CZ) a kol. – Eliška Perglerová – Ladislav Železný and others
PLACES: Červeňák – Chrudimka – Labe – Brána borců – OC Grand – The Observatory of Baron A. Kraus
curator: Šárka Zahálková
Memory, whether it be individual, collective, or linked to specific places and situations, is co-created by narratives transmitted both orally and in writing: through old wives’ tales, personal experiences, or things we only glimpse for a moment; things we read in fiction or academic texts, in the news or other media. A seemingly objective grasp of the past is influenced, to a greater or lesser degree, by the position of the narrator, by their subjective interpretation, and also by the social and political system, the context of the times, and so on. In other words, history is not written by grand figures and events; it is we, the people, who articulate the stories of our ancestors and their actions, assigning specific meanings to them.
From time to time, it is entirely appropriate to change the narrative – to bring attention to the fact that no historical event or personal experience is determined by a single narrative. Even a small tremor or a shift in the narrator can lead to unexpected awakenings – in the international context, these include themes such as colonialism and inequalities related to gender, race, and nationality.
We realise that art can be a significant agent of change in society, which is why we try to make our exhibitions and educational projects reflect current topics and support open debate, particularly on the local level. The second edition of our art festival in the public spaces of Pardubice, which opens on 13 August and lasts until 11 October 2020, aims to use the languages of art to bring attention to several locations in Pardubice whose stories are somewhat forgotten. The genius loci found at these sites inspired us and the invited artists, whose projects mediate or suggest a broader context, forgotten continuities, and possible futures for these locations.
Throughout the summer and early autumn, the series of temporary installations in public spaces will be complemented by live art events, walks, and happenings, which will aim both to mediate existing works and to activate further locations and topics surrounding the memory of the city and its architecture.
Thursday 13 August 2020 › 16:00 › GAMPA › An exhibition-opening bike ride over the temporary installations in the public spaces of Pardubice. Bring your own bikes!
- 16:00 › GAMPA › beginning of the show-opening bike ride
- 18:30 › OC GRAND › opening of Insider, a performative installation by Cristiny Maldonado a co.
- 19:30 › Art Space NOV › Wabi Experience › concert
- 21:00 › Klub 29 › DJ Bingi › afterparty
Andrea Sobotková (* 1994) Her work articulates the relationship between people and lived space, approaching the residua of architecture and the landscape, which are created through a transformation in use as a result of some form of deterioration – the erosion that follows brings with it a gradual transformation of the landscape.
Double Lunar Dogs*, are objects situated above the surface of the Chrudimka River that allow for a temporary connection between the two banks of the river. By intersecting the horizontal, we follow the path of the original bridge, of which a few massive concrete pillars still remain. In the past, these served as a training ground for bridge-building – corridors of movement for the shifting of mass. They are the hidden targets of the reflections of light, arrows, and the surrounding wilderness.
Andrea Sobotková - installation process
Comunite Fresca is composed of a trio of artists: Dana Balážová, Markéta Filipová, and Marie Štindlová. In form and content, they bring into the sphere of contemporary art the ancient technique of the fresco, i.e. painting onto wet plaster. In 2019, Comunite Fresca was nominated for the prestigious Jindřich Chalupecký Award.
No title (Brána borců). What’s known as Brána borců (The Gate of the Athletes) is the concrete shell roof of the Summer Stadium, designed by architects Karel Řepa and Ferdinand Potůček. In this piece, it becomes the site of a dialogue between the present and the past. With their original mural in wet plaster, the Comunite Fresca collective complements the original symbol, half a horse kicking a football (now considerably degraded by time), thus creating an imaginative landscape for Pardubice.
Comunite Fresca - process of creation on Brána borců
Jan Dudešek (* 1946, CZ/CH) is a native of Pardubice. He moved to Switzerland in the 1960s and now divides his time between Pardubice and Zürich. His objects are always sensitively resonant to the sites where they are settled – both metaphorically and literally. They make use of the natural acoustics of these sites or make them vibrate intentionally.
Místo místa (The Site of Site). The artist’s installation is a reminiscence of a disappeared place in Pardubice and a homage to the engineer Jan Záhorský, the creator of the former hydroelectric power station on the Chrudimka River. The work is a tribute to the roar of falling water, the winter scenery with its fairy-tale-like icicles, the children fishing in the whirlpools under the sluicegates.
Jan Dudešek and his installation
Matouš Lipus (* 1987) is a graduate of the sculpture studio at UMPRUM in Prague (2015). His work is based on historical, generally figural models, from Romanesque and Gothic works to social civilism in modern sculpture of the mid-20th century. He is interested in contemporary forms of sculpture in relation to public space and the possibilities of including sculptures in the design of architecture.
Přání (Wish). Miroslav Baše’s athlete statues represent a striking detail on the facade of the Gate of the Athletes at the functionalist Summer Stadium, designed by Karel Řepa and Ferdinand Potůček. Matouš Lipus first created precise imprints of these sculptural decorations in order to place the copies he made into different constellations. The copying and relocation activates our reading of the sculptures, alerting us to the current state of architecture and opening up a discussion on its future.
Matouš Lipuš - transport and placing statues on the tribune of Brána borců
Kjetil Detroit Kristensen (* 1981, NO) is a Norwegian artist who works in various fields, including installation, film, and performance. His long-term aim is to explore and erase the borders between art and everyday life. In his artistic practice, Kristensen works both in galleries and in public spaces, building bridges between the two and searching for intersections.
Eternally Lost, Eternally Gained. The temporarily reshaped pier on the Labe River near the Na Špici Park becomes a monument, a place for alternative encounters and interactions. It becomes a ship that asks questions, absorbs narratives, and tries to retell them.
part of Kjetil Kristensens installation by the river