In the Shadow of the Lion


Start: On Thursday, September 6, at 6 pm
Curator: Jirka Skála

In modern-day society, leisure time is characterized by massive nationalization and commercialization. At the end of the day, the standard observer is not able to distinguish between the terms “recreation” and “leisure time” as, in their eyes, both terms meld into one, and leisure time comes to mean the same thing as recreation. The exhibition In the Shadow of the Lion addresses the core of this confusion. It focuses on several historical traditions that have played a significant role in this situation, particularly on the way that the concept of leisure time and recreation is reflected in national institutions, corporations, and various organisations that fall back on the idea of civil society or participatory democracy.  

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Nikola Ivanov
— Rest in Restless Time


Start: Thursday, September 6, at 6 pm

Odpočinek v neklidu (Rest in Restless Time) is the title of a compilation of various texts put together by Nikola Ivanov. It is part of his thesis work. In the context of the artist’s work and his life experience, perhaps that title should have been followed by a question mark. The artist reflects on growing interest in the humanities, social sciences and the arts in the until-now-unchartered topic of sleep and its political nature in contemporary society.

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Fotograf Festival 2018
— Non-Work: Occupied by Leisure Time

Tématem osmého ročníku Fotograf Festivalu jsou hranice mezi pracovním a volným časem. Fotograf Festival se v roce 2018 představí pod názvem “Ne-práce: Zaměstnání volnem” a přinese výstavy, diskuze a doprovodný program propojující médium fotografie s diskutovanými sociálními otázkami z oblastí práce a volného času. Jako každý rok se zaměří i na specifika fotografie a reprodukovatelného obrazu jako takového a to skrze tvorbu zahraničních i domácích autorek a autorů.

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Nikola Ivanov
— Sleep and Biopolitics

on Thursday, September 27, at 7 pm

Is the idea of something so intimate and private as sleep compatible with terms like society and politics? What is the history of thinking about sleep? Why has sleep been mostly ignored in the social sciences throughout history? In what way is the biopolitical view of sleep specific and how has it evolved? How did the ethos shunning sleep as a waste of time and a vice come about? How did industrialization change sleep? How does the neo-liberal concept of power relate to the ever-growing medicalization of sleep disorders and the shortening of the time we sleep? What status does sleep have in our 24/7 society? What is the future of sleep?

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Manja Ebert, Paula Gehrmann, Jens Klein, Lebohang Kganye, Clarissa Thieme, What Remains Gallery
— Re*creation


Start: on Thursday, October 11, at 6 p. m.
Curators: Elisabeth Pichler a Lena von Geyso

Against the background of a constant demand for steady growth, innovation and originality, Re*creation addresses the double meaning of “re-creation” as “recovery” and “create anew”; reflecting on the relationship between production and leisure. On the one hand, pause, retreat, calm, and reflection resist production constraints – on the other hand, they are a prerequisite to develop something new.

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In the Shadow of the Lion
— guided tour

Wednesday, September 19, at 6 pm

In the case of the In the Shadow of the Lion exhibition, Jiří Skála sees his role as that of curator. During the guided tour, he clarifies where he sees differences between the work of the visual artist and that of curator. He explains the backstory to his interest in the issue of non-productive time. He also acquaints visitors with the method he used for the sorting and presentation of documents relating to the organization of free time; specifically, the declarations and by-laws of free time institutions, associations and movements. He speaks of how the image materials relate to the author’s essay which is, once again, an integral part of his exhibition.

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Pavel Topáš Jasanský
— guided tour

on Monday, July 30, at 6 pm

Photographer Pavel Jasanský and curator Pavel Vančát will introduce to you in greater detail, and share with you the backstory to the creation and the period context of the photo collection, New Landscape, New Inhabitants (1985-1990), the Viewer video installation (1989), older pictures from the Most (1981-1982) collection and the extensive collection Signed Photographs. The latter is a work in which Pavel Jasanský summarizes his lifelong ties to his contemporaries, colleagues and friends.

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Pavel Topáš Jasanský

During his long, illustrious career as a photographer, Pavel Jasanský (*1938) worked with many artists and musicians. As a uncategorizable loner, he worked in genres such as documentaries, portrait art and also radical, distinctive inter-media fusion. The focal point of his intimate, anniversary retrospective is the series, New Landscape, New Inhabitants (1985-90), which captures the apparent reality of dying totalitarianism. The latter is complemented by his pioneering installation, Viewer (1989), which combines large-format, repainted photographs and video-art statues. The exhibition closes out the long-term project, Signed Portraits, which summarizes Jasanský’s life-long ties to his impressive, extensive album with photos of friends and peers. 

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Ondřej Vinš
— Pedestrian Thing / Dedicated to the Eratosthenes of Cyrene

Ondřej Vinš’s installation, Pedestrian Thing, can – according to the artist – be understood as a “mechanical-chemical record”. However, in reality, this several-month-long experiment, whose name is borrowed from the eponymous collection of poems by Petr Kabeš, bears in itself the inescapable poetry of absurdity. Its resulting format is, from a creative perspective, both subtle and liberating. He unexpectedly paraphrases the finesse characteristic of photo documentation, without paradoxically, during the process of recording individual phases of movement in the landscape, his camera finding any sort of use.

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Daniela & Linda Dostálková
— We are still the same and you are always more

The exhibition, We are still the same and you are always more, uncovers the structure of affective relationships between nature, technology and our physicality. Our predominant desire for symmetry is suppressed by multiple repetitions and becomes a performance force; an imitation of seemingly classically chosen techniques and a format that turn all actors into living exhibitions.

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