A Place for a Project: An Attempt at a Political Exhibition

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AAAD Gallery, Prague, 2. – 20. 11. 2007

concept: Václav Magid

realization: Vasil Artamonov, Daniela Baráčková, Jan Haubelt, Alexey Klyuykov, Eva Koťátková, Dominik Lang

 

Press Release

 

The curator duly submitted the exhibition application for AAAD Gallery for 2007. The gallery selection committee approved the project and assigned it a date. The curator requested that the exhibition be put off until a later date because the time assigned conflicted with the preparation of another project. The curator conceived the idea for the exhibit. Six weeks before the exhibition opening he began to contact artists whose work embodied his idea. These artists were all acquaintances, and the number selected was based upon the needs presented by the given space. In spite of varying degrees of identification with the exhibition concept, all those invited agreed to participate. The artists taking part are: Vasil Artamonov, Daniela Baráčková, Jan Haubelt, Alexey Klyuykov, Eva Koťátková, Dominik Lang. AAAD has provided the exhibition space free of charge, along with its maintenance, heating, electricity, water, cleaning and security. It also arranged for the production and distribution of invitations, posters, and banner. Galerie AAAD is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and Rádio 1. Internet invitations and press releases for the exhibition are being sent out through the e-mail databases of the AAAD Department of External Relations and the curator.

The gallery space was specially modified for the needs of the project. These modifications were carried out by the exhibiting artists themselves. Part of the material for installing the exhibition (particle board) was borrowed from AVU (Academy of Fine Arts in Prague) thanks to Professor Jiří Příhoda. Expenses for other materials, transportation, telephone calls, refreshments and compensation for the artists were covered by money which the curator had saved from his employment at the AVU research department. Aside from weekends, the curator also devoted some hours of his work week to the preparation of the exhibit. In doing so he utilized certain firm equipment (notebook, printer). During the installation of the exhibition he documented individual phases using a camera purchased using a Tranzit development grant which he received in 2006. In accepting this grant, he agreed to mention it in all informational materials about his activities.

A considerable portion of those visiting the exhibition will consist of people active in contemporary art, many of whom personally know the participating artists and curator. There will also be a few reviews, likely from critics, who also personally know the artists and curator, but there will not be many since the trade journals at this time will be focusing primarily on the finalists for the Jindřich Chalupecký Award which is taking place at the same time. A photographer friend will be paid to document the exhibit. The participating artists and curator will include the documentation in portfolios and add to their resumes. After three weeks the exhibition will be removed. At that time the majority of participating artists and the curator will be preparing other exhibition projects.

 

exhibition view, photo Jiří Thýn

 

Inscriptions on boards

 

A place for a project which is not an illustration of a problem thought up yesterday so that it can be denied tomorrow.

A place for a project which does not try to shock those for whom sensation has become commonplace.

A place for a project, the mission of which is not to win in a competition against other projects.

A place for a project which does not pass off its own corruption as subversion.

A place for a project which does not strengthen manipulation by assuming its very mechanisms in the struggle against it.

A place for a project which is not a humorous commentary on bitter reality.

A place for a project which does not incapacitate anyone by appropriating the privilege to fight for his rights.

A place for a project which does not strengthen the voice by which society renounces its own flatulence.

A place for a project which does not multiply the power of pictures through their destruction.

A place for a project which is not a reflection of nostalgia for bankrupt projects of the past.

A place for a project which overturns every consensus, but especially the consensus of yesterday’s disapproval.

A place for a project which is not a declaration of the project’s inabilities.

A place for a project which excludes all forms of domination, including the power of the project over reality.

A place for a project which is not an episode of self-aggrandizement.

A place for a project which does not try to overcome dissent, but rather to preserve and cultivate it.

A place for a project which does not wait until it has been assigned a place.