Curated by Domenico de Chirico
Exhibition: June 4 - July 28, 2020
The solo exhibition of Czech artist Adam Vačkář presents works created during confinement under the Corona Virus pandemic. One of the things the Corona crisis shows us is that our health and well-being is closely connected to the health and well being of the natural world.
The exhibition is reflection upon the influence of the stop time effect as a valuable moment for redefining our values.
Adam Vačkář imagines what would happen if the conditions of life would stay as such for unlimited extent of time. As if once overproductive, greedy and unsettled era of consumption has ended once for all. Religion and spirituality are the meaning systems that lie close to the source of human behavior and it is at this level that one can change the way of thinking about nature. Adam Vačkář works essentially with things brought from forests and swamps, he imagines decaying dystopian sculptures made of natural objects, as a mysterious environment for reflection, as if stopped in time and space, covered by all embracing crust of stiff dust.
In his work, Adam Vačkář creates a chronicle of life and technology, history and myth, poetry and politics, he deploys disparate images with swampy hybrid creatures, once repossessed and contradicted by imperious civilisation’s desires for power and expansion.
Adam Vačkář (born in 1979 in Prague, lives and works in Prague, CZ) graduated from ENSBA in Paris, where he attended the residence program of Palais de Tokyo. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as Art Basel , FRAC Occitanie Montpellier, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, FRAC Franche-Comté, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou and Centre Pompidou Metz in France OG2 at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Germany, Prague City Gallery, National Gallery in Prague, Boghosian Foundation in Brussels, SMAK in Ghent, Museum Morsbroich in Germany, Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland and the Prague and Bucharest Triennials. Adam Vačkář is co-fouder of Prague-based collective Hope Recycling Station engaged in organizing lectures and intellectual exchange with international artists, curators, writers and philosophers.