The Day of Red Eye
a group exhibition in collaboration with FAMU Prague
1. 4. – 24. 4. 2022
opening: 31. 3. 2022 from 6 pm
curator: Marie Lukáčová
Dry mucus membrane, red eyes and dry mouth. Can it be a reaction to the light from a screen? Collapsed backs, hemorrhoids and contracted necks. Our daily encounter with technology morphs our bodies into unpredicted moments. Although, it is possible to anticipate these and partially prevent them, how do we accept knowing that our bodies are surrounded by, maybe even penetrated by invisible signals and waves? How do we react to them and what happens to our organs inside when even our surface morphs? The exhibition The Day of Red Eye is based on mutual discussions about physicality, identity, as well as global injustice. As a unifying topic, we chose a body, with its extensions and reactions to the virtual world. Red eyes, crooked back and a rollercoaster of feelings are the accompanying phenomena, which we are being wrapped in by technology that we have lived with for such a short time, considering the equality of our partnership.
In the area of our gallery, you will encounter the scent of a queer cottage by Ester Grohová, the purgative sculptures signifying light pollution by Karolina Hnětkovská and Klára Kacířová, or Alena Kolesnikova’s book in which the author works with images that oscillate between the body and nature. Adrián Kriška’s work is represented by his ceramic robotic tools related to the polemics of pagan rituals and modern conception of work. Eliška Lubojatzká’s black and white photographs as the records of mysterious everydayness, encounter Tamara Pauknerová’s captivating animation and its extension into space. Alex Sihelská’s new video presents a dangerous narrative charged with energy. The entire area is arched over by Marie-Anna Šulc’s large format mural. All of this is under Anastacya Rybalchenko’s sound accompaniment. Lenka Štěpánková’s video opens and concludes the entire exhibition with its polemic of the abandoned and overloaded institutional education.
– Marie Lukáčová
(transl. Vanda Krutsky)
The program of the Jeleni Gallery is possible through kind support of Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague City Council, State Fund of Culture of the Czech Republic, City District Prague 7, GESTOR – The Union for the Protection of Authorship
Partners: Kostka stav
Media partners: ArtMap, jlbjlt.net, Náš REGION
and Mladý svět and UMA: You Make Art