NO PLACE FOR FRIVOLITY: Communication Networks and Radical Art behind the Iron Curtain

11 November, 2017
– 11 November, 2017
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Waterlow Park Centre

Art historian and curator Tomáš Pospiszyl and Roman Štětina, acclaimed young Czech artist and current Artist in Residence at LUX, explore how Czechoslovak artists communicated with their Western colleagues across geographical and ideological borders before the internet era. Mail art, illegally distributed zines and secret exhibitions were a major part of the independent artistic production from 1960´s through 1980´s, functioning as an alternative platform for sharing ideas within a censored environment. Accompanied by rare extracts of archival films and correspondence among Czech artists and representatives of the world neo-avant-garde such as Fluxus.
In the context of the Made in Prague Festival, in collaboration with the Czech Centre London.

LUX Artist in Residence Roman Štětina was born in Kadaň in 1986. He  lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic. Štětina graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2015 after spending two years on the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in the classes Judith Hopf and Douglas Gordon.
Štětina was recently included in Manifesta 11, Zurich curated by Christian Jankowski. Recent solo shows include: Instruction for Use od Jiří Kolář (with Miroslav Buriánek), Spike Island, Bristol; Shave and a haircut – two bits, Cardiff Contemporary, curated by Louise Hobson; The Fortress of Solitude from the holy wood of eternal noise (with Larisa Sitar), MNAC Bucharest, curated by Anca V. Mihulet. Recent selected group shows include: 2017: Theory of Ghosts, TIC Gallery, Brno; 2016: Enacting Stillness, The 8th Floor, New York; Happy Like Yesterday, NEST, Den Haag; A school of gestures, Czech China Contemporary, Beijing; 2015: All Watched Over, James Cohan Gallery, New York; Silver Lining, National Gallery, Prague; 2014: Jindrich Chalupecky Award, National Gallery, Prague; Straight to Camera: Performance for Film, Modern Art Oxford; IV. Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, MMOMA; Explain Me Not, Autocenter Berlin.
His films and video works have been presented at Anthology Film Archives (NYC), International Film Festival Karlovy Vary (CZ), goEAST – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden (DE), Bosse & Baum London, Close-Up Film Centre London, PAF Olomouc (CZ), Delfina Art Foundation London.



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