Aaron McPeake (*1965) is an Irish sculptor, who works with numerous media from bronze casting to film, photography and sound. In 2002, Aaron McPeake had to abandon a long career in stage lighting design due to the loss of most of his eyesight. He returned to arts education and practice on a full time basis and received a first class honors degree in Arts, Design and Environment from Central Saint Martins (2005). His work places emphasis on the possibility for many types of readings and he views the process of making artwork as akin to writing poetry – where the visual imagination is integral to both its making and reception. Although he is registered blind, the emphasis in touch and sound in his work is not intended to act as a replacement or to compensate for the visual sense. It is more about enhancing the experience of those who encounter it, his work provides novel opportunities for haptic exploration. In 2011 he won the Cass Sculpture Prize with his bell bronze works: Some Cuts Resonate and in 2013 McPeake was commissioned by Camden Arts Centre, London.
Adéla Součková (*1985 in Opava, Czech Republic) is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden. In her artwork, she develops complex critical and pictorial language that ranges from drawing, performance, and installation to video performance and poetry. Her paintings, drawings, performances, and installations are permeated by a comprehensively understood poetics connected with the language of symbolic references as well as with the moment of visibility of artistic and physical gestures.
Adéla Svobodová is a graphic designer and an artist. She works mainly in the cultural sector and focuses on graphics of books and catalogues. She works on publications with a wide range of artists (Anna Daučíková, Aleksandra Vajd, Eva Koťátková, Jiří Kovanda, Ján Mančuška, Markéta Othová, Tomáš Vaněk, et al.). She has received many awards for her work. In 2007, she co-founded the Pauline & Adela Studio with Pauline Kerleroux. She also cooperates on many projects with Tereza Hejmová.
Adéla Svobodová graduated from Graphic Design at Brno University of Technology (VUT) and from Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. During her studies, she was on scholarships at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe and at the San Francisco Art Institute in California. Currently, she pursues her doctoral studies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, focusing on the mutual relationship of graphics and text structure of art publications.
Aimee Zia Hasan (b. 2002) is a painter and artist originally from England currently living in Zlín. She is currently in her final year at the applied art high school in Uherské Hradiště and is planning to continue studying painting at university. She mostly works with oil paint but also enjoys experimenting with mixed media, graphic prints, and multimedia. Her painterly style is contemporary figurative and spatial painting with classical continuity and a focus on colourful seeing. In addition to painting, she is also active as a musician, an actress in multimedia projects, and voice acting in audiovisual art. She is an active member of Cane-yo, a young international art community, and her work was presented in Artit, an art magazine published in London.
* 1957, born in Dnipropetrovsk, lives and works in Moscow. Former sailor, naval engineer and multimedia artist. In 1973, he graduated from the Orel Academy of Fine Arts in Russia. In 1979 he graduated from the Naval Engineering School in Odessa. During his service on Russia’s naval fleets, he carried out a number of art projects at sea in the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica. After leaving the Navy, he spent more than 30 years creating more than 100 exhibitions and art projects in Russian and foreign museums, exhibition centers and galleries. He is a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts. In 2008, the French government appointed him “an officer of the Order of Arts and Literature”.
Alexandra Cihanská Machová (*1985 in Sabinov, Slovakia) works and lives in Prague where she got her Master’s degree from Center of Audiovisual Studies at FAMU. Her main means of expression are various forms from acoustic instruments, field recordings, live coding, and others, but she often connects them with other media. She works on, more intense, sound in space, sound installation, and current, sound in a virtual environment. She also does music for film, theatre, or radio, and works with moving image.
SLO Aleksandra Vajd (*1971) focuses her art praxis on photography, pushing the limits of the medium. She treats pictures as objects, utilizes spaces, and is interested in the materiality of light. Recently, she has been dealing with reduction photography, exploring the limits of the medium, and stressing the aspect of materiality. The Slovenian artist living in Prague graduated from Photography at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. She was also on scholarship at the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 2008, she became an Associate Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. She cooperated mostly with the Czech photographer Hynek Alt between 2005 and 2015. Since 2008, she has been the head of the Studio of Fine Arts IV of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.
Alina Szapocznikow (*1927 – †1973) was a Polish sculptor who studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. She came back to Poland in 1951 and began to participate in artistic life, taking part in competitions to create public monuments of the Warsaw Heroes, the victims of Auschwitz, and Juliusz Słowacki. In 1963, she moved to France for good. In Paris, she became involved with the Nouveau Réalisme movement, led by the critic Pierre Restany. Szapocznikow retained her originality, remaining a sensitive artist focused mostly on issues of intimacy and body. She was one of the first artists to work with innovative materials like polyester and polyurethane, and these new sources enabled her to not only develop a distinct visual language but to also come to terms with the pain she experienced as a child and its lasting physical and psychological imprint. Szapocznikow represented Poland in the 1962 Venice Biennale, and in 2012, she was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Aline Bouvy (*1974) lives and works in Brussels and Perlé. She studied at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique in Brussels and at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. The sculptures, objects, and installations that originate from her remarkable practice are difficult to pin down. Bouvy does not restrict herself to a routine use of defined “disciplines” and techniques but explores both the limitations and the possibilities of the most diverse media. Her work is available on display in multiple galleries recorded on Artland. These galleries include Damien & The Love Guru, Komplot, and Baronian Xippas in Brussels.
Alžběta Bačíková (*1988) is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Brno University of Technology and a doctoral program there. In her theoretical research and in her own artistic practice, Bačíková has in recent years focused on the reflection of documentary tendencies in contemporary art. In this context, she is particularly interested in categories of objectivity and approaches that undermine the false illusion of the impartiality of the genre. At the same time, she focuses on the medium of the moving image and works mainly with video installations. She regularly expands her individual work by collaborating with other artists and also works as a curator. Bačíková regularly presents her work in the context of the Czech independent art scene, but she has also exhibited at the National Gallery in Prague, the Emil Filla Gallery in Ústí nad Labem or the Studio Gallery in Budapest. In 2014, she was in the finals of the Startpoint Award for beginning artists.
Andreas Gajdošík (b. 1992) is an artist and coder. He focuses on useful art, socially engaged project, and artivism, which often involves programming, new technologies, and interventional, provocative positions. He is interested in ethical source software, sharing, DIY culture, and experimental forms. He was a member of the former Pavel Kolmačka collective. He is the laureate of the 2019 Jindřich Chalupecký Awar
Anetta Mona Chişa is a visual artist working in sculpture, video, performance and text to make work that explores transforming matter, environments, technologies and their politics and materialities. She is interested in non-hylomorphic models of sculpting and in the potential of matter to transform in time. Her works and collaborative projects have been exhibited widely in numerous institutions across the world, from Art in General New York, n.b.k. Berlin, MoCA Miami, MuMoK Vienna, The Power Plant Toronto, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt to Taipei Biennale, Moscow Biennale and the 54th Venice Biennale among others.
Anna Daučíková (*1950) is a Slovak visual artist and activist based in Prague and Bratislava. In the 1980s, they studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. After graduating, they moved to Moscow in Russia. After returning to Bratislava in 1991, they co-founded the Slovak feminist cultural journal Aspekt. Throughout the 1990s, they experimented with the representation of sexuality depicted in the medium of video, often combining video screenings with live performances. Daučíková is one of the first Slovak artists to openly identify as queer and engage with feminism. They have exhibited at a number of major international exhibitions, including “Gender Check” (2009–2010) at Mumok Vienna and Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. In 2018, they were the winner of the Schering Stiftung Art Award and had a solo exhibition at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
Barbora Trnková (b. 1984) is a photographer and a postgraduate student at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Brno University of Technology. Her dissertation focuses on aspects of human-inhuman communication both in the development of technology and as an accompanying phenomenon of the very process of working on a work of art in any medium. She is part of the art duo &.
Corinne Silva (*1976 in Leeds, United Kingdom) gained her PhD from University of the Arts London in 2014 and since then she developed a lens-based practice focusing on the landscape as a relationship between its culture, geography, topology, and botany. Her works not only encompass the world of living beings, but inanimate matter as well. This art is expressed through the means of photographic installations, multi-screen moving images, textiles but also mixed media works. Her installations “Garden State” and “Wounded” deal with the regaining of the territory and establishing boundaries, borders even, by the means of planting.
Dante Buu lives and works between Rožaje (Montenegro) and Berlin. He is an artist, storyteller and performer. Through intimacy and autobiography, intertwined with the lives of others, the core of Dante’s artistic practice is to tell the untold stories of love and resistance of those who are unwanted and unloved. Buu represented Montenegro at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022) and his works and performances have been shown at numerous international exhibitions and festivals, including: and you—do you die happy?, Berlin Art Week, Good To Talk, Hallen #2, Wilhelm Hallen, Berlin (2021); “thigh high”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2021); Montenegrin Art Salon 13th November, Montenegrin Art Gallery “Miodrag Dado Đurić”, Cetinje (2019); Weekend Lovers II, Art Weekend Belgrade, Dim, Belgrade (2019); NEXUS 1, TBA Festival, PICA, Portland (2019); Careful with that axe, Eugene, AKT Art Space, Kyiv (2019); I do not want my lover to go to work, CC Tobacco 001, Ljubljana (2018-2019); Universal Hospitality 2, FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art, Prague (2017); This is not my history!, Steirischer Herbst, <rotor> Center for Contemporary Art, Graz (2015); 3. Biennial of Contemporary Art, Tito’s Bunker, Konjic (2015); Mama I am OK in the Neon Green, Gallery Duplex100m2, Sarajevo (2013-2014).
Dante participated in the Künstlerhaus Bethanien residency in Berlin (2021-2022), while previous residency programs include: Ankara Queer Art Program, Ankara (2020-2021), CC Tobacco 001, Ljubljana (2018-2019), KulturKontakt Austria, Vienna (2017), Q21/MuseumsQuartier, Vienna (2017), West Balkan Calling, Graz (2016).
*1982 and *1978, live and work in Prague. They have been collaborating since 2006. Jiří Franta and David Böhm give performances, shoot videos, create spatial installations, intervene in public space, paint murals, and illustrate books and magazines. Their output is reminiscent of a daily sketchpad, graffiti, caricature, comics, conceptual art, grotesquerie, sports event, collaborative art practice, physical experiment, improvised choreography, and theatre performance. They are interested in process, the time-lapse principle, surmounting obstacles, the intermingling of media, experimentation, obeying and transcending rules, creative dialogue, irony, gravity, infinity.
David Escalona (*1981) has a PhD in Arts from the University of Granada and a Master’s Degree in Art Research and Production from the same University. The terms he learnt while studying Medicine at the University of Málaga marked his artistic path: the body, disease and the fragility of our existence are some of the topics present in his work. He applies a transversal thought process to his artworks which are like visual metaphors, making up a multiplicity that invites the onlooker to view them at a distance from the hermetic compartments of each respective discipline. Escalona has had many solo exhibitions and has taken part in group art shows at Instituto Cervantes New Delhi; CentroCentro Madrid; and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, among others.
Elfa Björk Jónsdóttir (*1961)has lived in various places in the southwest coast of Iceland. She lives now and works in Sólheimar, an eco-village in the south inland. Elfa Björk has participated in several art courses throughout her life and taken part in group exhibitions both in Iceland and abroad (to name a few: Art Without borders 2015, 2019, 2020; Creation from silence, traveling group exhibition, Switzerland, 1998, 1st International Art Exhibition of People with Autism, group exhibition in Burgos, Monasterio, San Juan in Spain, 1997; People with Autism, group exhibition in Reykjavík City Hall, Iceland, 1997, Living quarters, bright and deep, group exhibition in the University of Iceland cinema, Iceland, 1994).
Elfa Björk was selected the artist of the year 2022 in the annual Icelandic art festival Art Without Borders.
Emily Kame Kngwarreye (*1910 in Utopia Community, Australia – †1996) grew up to be an ancestral custodian and thus had been painting for decades when she was introduced to a new medium, batik, in 1977. This community project furthered her talents until she finally transitioned to acrylic in 1988 due to her deteriorating eyesight and convenience. She produced many artworks in the aforementioned medium with varying styles, ranging from intricate dots to her “dump dump” style which used a shaving brush. She often depicted the terrain and heat shimmer and later even “Yam tracks”, strange growth patterns of the Yam, vital, but difficult to find plant needed for survival in the desert. The plant was of special significance to the author, since her middle name, Kame, represents the yellow flower of the yam that grows above the ground.
Esther Ferrer (*1937) is a Spanish artist mostly known for her work as a visual artist, but also for her performances, either alone or within the Spanish group ZAJ. Since the 1970s, part of her activity has been devoted to fine arts, such as reworked photographs, installations, paintings according to a series of prime numbers, objects, etc. As a performer, she has participated in festivals in Canada, Korea, the United States, Japan, and throughout Europe. Her production also includes objects, photos, video pieces, visual systems based on prime numbers, and a large collection of self-portraits in many media. Ferrer represented Spain in the Venice Biennale in 1999 and did large individual shows in subsequent years in the FRAC Bretagne–Rennes in France.
Eva Kmentová (*1927 – †1980) belonged to the first post-war generation, which in its youth overcame a particularly difficult section of the Czech modern history. She studied at the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague. In the 1960s, she quickly became one of the most interesting personalities in Czech fine arts and is still considered one of the protagonists of the Czech “new wave” in art. Kmentová is known mainly as an author imprinting segments of the human body into plaster. In addition to sculpture, she also engaged in drawing, collage, and paper assemblage. Kmentová exhibited independently in 1963 in the Aleš’s Hall – Gallery of the Youth and in 1989 to a greater extent. Her work was exhibited in the National Gallery in Prague.
Eva Koťátková (*1982) is a fine artist actively involved in the Czech and international contexts. She received her Master’s degree from The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (AVU) and her Doctorate from The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Koťátková was the Jindřich Chalupecký Award Laureate in 2007. She is the co-founder of the platform Institute of Anxiety, which creates a space for cooperation between artists, theorists and activists. Her work explores forms of power, manipulation, discrimination and control foisted by institutions on those who defy norms (or what is considered normal) in some way or another. Using various media, Koťátková then searches for other models of functioning, communication and sharing which would enable individuals and collectives to act in more free, equal, and empathic ways. She works with marginalized stories and emotions often inviting children to collaborate with her. Koťátková has exhibited at the Istanbul Biennale (2019), The Metropolitan Museum in New York (2018), 21er Haus – Museum for Contemporary Art in Vienna (2017), Sonsbeek (2016), The New Museum Triennial in New York (2015), Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin (2014) and the Venice Biennale (2013).
*1980 in Hamburg, lives and works in Berlin. Studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, where he enrolled to the Institute for Spacial Experiments lead by professor Olafur Eliasson in 2009. He is a founding member of the collective Das Numen (together with Andreas Greiner, Julian Charrière and Markus Hoffmann). His work was featured in numerous exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow and the Dittrich & Schlechtriem. Felix Kiessling has been featured in articles for the Art Review, the ARTnews and the Berlin Art Link Magazine.
*1990, lives and works in Hrádek nad Nisou. Visual artist, alumnus of UMPRUM (Studio of Jiří Černický and Marek Meduna), recipient of the Critics’ Award for Young Painting for 2018.
Guðjón Gísli Kristinsson (*1988) is an Icelandic artist born and raised in Ólafsvík, a town in the west of Iceland. Later in his childhood he moved with his family to Reykjavík. He finished both elementary school and high school. Guðjón Gísli has been living and working in Sólheimar, an eco-village in Iceland since 2017. In Sólheimar workshops Guðjón started to work in the field of arts and handcrafts and developed there his passion for embroidery. Guðjón’s work is represented in private collections and he regularly takes part in group exhibitions in Art space in Sólheimar. Let Me Hear Your Footprints is his first participation at an international group exhibition outside of Iceland.
Shifting between photography, video and sculpture. He focuses primarily on researching the photographic image and a post-conceptual approach to the medium. These he develops in spatial installations. Hynek Alt is concerned with forms of perception of the human in the current digital era and the navigation in between physical surroundings and artificially constructed social systems. He often works with the principles of reproduced records or generic objects and situations, questioning their meaning.
Hynek Alt studied photography at FAMU in Prague and completed the Visual Research Lab graduate program at the State University of New York at New Paltz on a Fulbright scholarship. From 2008-2016 Hynek Alt was head of the photography studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, together with Aleksandra Vajd. Since 2017 he is together with Jen Kratochvil head of the Studio of New Aesthetic at FAMU, Prague. His work has been shown at NoD Gallery, Prague, Fotograf Gallery in Prague, House of Art, České Budějovice, Futura Gallery in Prague and Rudolfinum Prague, Škuc Gallery Ljubljana, Slovenia, Plato, Ostrava, National Gallery, Prague, <rotor>, Graz, Galerie Fait, Brno, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Mumok, Vienna, among others.
Jakub Jansa has been exploring archetypal phenomena and seeking the relationships between a freely originating world and one artificially created. In his work, Jansa combines a variety of media (video, performance, installation), using them to build complex environments. Since no clear conclusion is offered, the work calls the observer to participate in the playing field. Jansa does not disappear as the creator but in fact with conscious hyperbole takes on a central role in his motivational self-help videos entitled Spiritual Fitness (2016-17) or his guide to the Club of Opportunities (2017). His work is often set in a world heralding progress and increased effectivity, Jansa is a graduate of UMPRUM’s atelier Supermedia in Prague, under the tutelage of Federico Diaz and David Kořínek. He completed an internship in New York (Five-Eleven), and residencies in Switzerland (Watch Out, Engstligenalp) and France (Ceaac, Strasbourg). Jansa created a series of exhibitions for the Czech Center in New York, The Name of the Project Is Project Itself. He exhibits regularly in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Jana Bernartová (b. 1983) is a graduate of the Faculty of Art and Design at the Technical University of Liberec, where she studied in Stanislav Zippe’s Studio of Visual Communication – Digital Media between 2003 and 2007. During her studies, she also participated in exchanges at Ľubomír Stacho’s Studio of Photography and Intermedia Extensions at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (2006–2007) and Václav Stratil’s Intermedia Studio at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology (2007–2009). She successfully completed her doctoral studies at Federico Díaz Supermedia Studio at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague (2010–2013). She lives and works in Prague and Liberec. In her work, she explores the relationships between the virtuality of digital space and its material permeations into the material world. She follows the principles and possibilities of presets and standardisation and their possible failures. Through her visually restrained intermedia works, she comments on the current state of the world (of art).
Jana Želibská (*1941) is a Slovak painter, sculptor, pedagogue, performer, and video artist. From 1959 to 1966, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and she undertook a study trip to Paris in 1968. In her work, she devoted herself to various artistic expressions. Želibská participated in the beginnings of environment art and object in the 1960’s, action and concept in the 1970’s, postmodern object and installation in the late 1980’s, and video art in the 1990’s. She was the only member of her generation who openly dealt with intimate relationships between men and women, and “celebrated” the female body from the (proto-)feminist perspective. From the very beginning, she addressed the issues of sensuality, sexuality, and eroticism. At the Paris Biennial of Young Artists, Želibská presented her “Taste of Paradise” installation (1973). She hung a golden apple high in a tree beyond the reach of hands as an embodiment of forbidden knowledge.
Javier Téllez (*1969) is a New York based artist, born in Venezuela. He studied at Arturo Michelena School of Fine Arts, Venezuela. His artwork reflects a sustained interest in bringing peripheral communities and invisible situations to the fore of contemporary art addressing institutional dynamics, disabilities and mental illness as marginalizing conditions. Tellez’s projects have often involved working in collaboration with people diagnosed with mental illness to produce film installations that question the meaning of sanity by characterizing it as an axis rather than a fixed state. Combining different approaches to filmmaking, Téllez opens a dialogue that provides a fresh interpretation of classical myths, private and collective memories, and historical references. His work has been shown internationally in venues such as MoMA, New York, ZKM, Karlsruhe, KW, Berlin, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, The Power Plant, Toronto, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam.
A curator and art critic, based in the past years in Prague and Vienna, focusing mainly on time-based media and architecture-related, research-based artistic practices. Together with Hynek Alt, Kratochvil leads the Studio of New Aesthetic in the Photography Department at FAMU, Prague. Among other projects, he had co-curated a cycle of exhibitions in the Moving Image Department at the National Gallery Prague; a film programme at Plato, Ostrava; Fotograf Festival 2017, Prague; m3 art in public space festival 2018, Prague; and was also responsible for the film programme at Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague called Rudolfinum_Time-based. Besides these long-term projects, he operated as an independent curator. Since 2017 he has co-led the Viennese art space Significant Other with Laura Amann. Kratochvil also regularly contributes to various art magazines and online platforms. Since February 1, 2021, Jen Kratochvil has been the appointed director of Kunsthalle Bratislava, where his field of activity has also moved.
Joanna Pawlik (*1974) is an artist based in Krakow, who uses painting, drawing, photography and video in her work. Joanna Pawlik graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (Faculty of Painting, 1999) and she obtained a PhD in visual arts at the Faculty of Arts at the Pedagogical University KEN in Krakow, 2018. The starting point for Joanna Pawlik’s art is the intimate issue of her own disability which is later expanded by including works by amateur artists into her exhibitions. By creating with other “performers of life” coherent statements in the form of exhibitions she curates and directs the performances, the artist modifies the tenor of amateur works. In the case of Pawlik’s art, the process of creating the works is as important as their “autonomous” existence. Striking relationships, overcoming barriers, repeating improvised stories and increasing the activity of the socially disabled lies at the core of Joanna Pawlik’s artistic practice. The artist wants to make a change and facilitate the authors’ coming out, which literally means coming out of the house. She herself had to face the “starring” when, after years of feeling ashamed, she finally revealed her disability by showing her personal artworks to the public.
Juliana Höschlová (*1987) lives and works in Bratrouchov in the Giant Mountains. She graduated in painting studio with Vladimír Skrepl and Jiří Kovanda at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, in 2010 she won the NG 333 award. She completed internships and residencies in Taiwan, Kiev, Budapest and Graz. In her work, she deals with environmental and social issues and examines consumables such as plastic and textiles. He is currently mainly involved in digital painting.
Julie Béna (*1982) lives and works in Prague and Paris. She is a graduate of the Villa Arson in Nice and attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Her work is made up of an eclectic set of references, combining contemporary and ancient literature, high and low art, joking and seriousness, parallel times and spaces. Comprising sculpture, installation, film, and performance, her work often seems to float in an infinite vacuum, unfolding against a fictional backdrop where everything is possible. In 2012–2013, she was part of Le Pavillon, the research laboratory of Palais de Tokyo. In 2018, she was nominated for the Prix AWARE Women Art Prize. She is represented by the Joseph Tang Gallery in Paris and Polansky Gallery in Prague.
Kris Lemsalu (*1985) is a contemporary artist based in Tallinn and Vienna. She studied art at the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Lemsalu merges animals and humans, nature and culture, and abjection and beauty in her sculptures, installations, and performances. Her works are composed of found and handmade materials, including animal pelts, clothing, and food, and are centred around ceramic objects made by the artist, reflecting her training as a ceramist. Maximalist, visceral, and sexualized, Lemsalu’s pieces evoke the wild, bestial side of human beings and civilizations, and are underscored by feminist themes. Her work has been shown in many places, including Berlin, Copenhagen, and Tokyo. In 2015, she participated in the Frieze Art Fair New York where her work “Whole Alone 2” was selected among five best exhibits by the Frieze New York jury.
Kristýna Šormová (*1985) graduated from the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in 2006-2012 (Painting Studio II, doc. Vladimír Skrepl). In 2009 she completed internships in the studio of a visiting professor (Jan Merta). In 2010 she studied at the Belas artes da Universidade in Porto and in 2011 at the Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. She won third place in the 6th year of the Critics’ Award for Young Overlay in 2013. She has been exhibiting regularly since 2010. We last met her in Prague “Mixed Feelings” (ATRIUM Gallery, 2019) and together with Kateřina Štenclová at the exhibition “Every time a picture” (Gallery 35, French Institute in Prague, 2019).
Laura Huertas Millán (*1983 in Bogóta, Columbia) works and lives in Paris where she earned her PhD. Thenceforth, she has produced works in the specific genre of Ethnofiction, which is a method of compounding anthropological evidence with elements of creative storytelling. Themes of her works include imperialism, objectification of non-Western bodies, or post-colonial Others. Her works were presented in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, and film festivals.
Luiza Prado de O. Martins (*1985 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is an artist, writer, and researcher whose work examines themes around fertility, reproduction, coloniality, gender, and race. She holds an MA from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen and a PhD from the Berlin University of the Arts. Through performance, video, and installation, her work investigates how colonial gender difference is inscribed on bodies through technologies and practices of birth control.
*1981, born in Santiago de Chile. Lives and works in Berlin and Santiago de Chile. Visual artist and researcher, graduate of the Institut für Raumexperimente, Class of Olafur Eliasson, University of the Arts in Berlin, Sculpture program of MFA Studio Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Faculty of Philosophy and Literature, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and Universidad Católica, Santiago de Chile. Awarded with many awards and stipends internationally.
Marianne Vlaschits (*1983) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts with Professor Gunter Damisch and also attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Her work deals with consummate beauty and felicity, using the human body as a building block towards the creation of artificial paradise. While she primarily creates paintings and installations, Vlaschits has extended her artistry to video and performance art. Vlaschits’ interest in astronomy is evident in her works. It often deals with extra-terrestrial life and outer space. Her works are also reflections on gender, utopia, human existence, and the future. Vlaschits said she was inspired by the thought of a utopian society where its inhabitants are not bounded by gender, sexualities, and bodies. Her work has been shown in many places, including Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, La Musery in Vienna or Salzburger Kunstverein.
Marie Lukáčová (*1991) is a Czech visual artist. She got her Master’s degree at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in 2017. She is one of the three founders of the Feminist Group / FB Guerilla called “The Fourth Wave” which launched a public debate about sexism at universities in 2017. Marie also participated in the establishing of the critical-student organization “Studio without Master”, where she worked and studied from 2015 to 2017. She also studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno and at the Art Academy Mainz in Germany. Lukáčová had her first solo exhibitions in 2014, and since then, in addition to her relatively large participation in group shows, she has had them every year. In 2019, she had a solo exhibition “Sirena Bona” in GAMU Gallery in Prague.
Marie Meixnerová is a critical and theoretical writer and curator, concerned primarily with Internet art. She co-curates ScreenSaverGallery, is an editor of the Experimental cinema section at the film and new media magazine 25fps, and a curator at PAF – Festival of Film Animation and Contemporary Art in Olomouc. She teaches curatorship of Internet art as part of the Theory of Interactive Media at Masaryk University in Brno. She is also an artist active under the moniker (c) merry. http://crazymerry.tumblr.com/
Marie Tučková (*1994) also known by the pseudonym Ursula Uwe, she obtained a bachelor’s degree at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Alexandra Vajd and Martin Kohout’s photography studio). She continued her master’s studies at the Dutch Art Institute Art Praxis. She completed an internship at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Her work is thematically related to new technologies and social networks and asks how they transform human perception, communication and language. MarieTučková’s work is mostly autobiographical, but in her projects she often expresses herself through the alter ego, thanks to which she is able to objectify the researched situations or look for other ways of sensitivity, developing empathy and renaming feelings. He connects these realms with text, which often transforms into lyrics, a voiceover to a video, a sound story, or a performance script. Tučková presented her work to a number of independent galleries and institutions in the Czech Republic, but also abroad. In the years 2016–2018, she was part of the Atelier without a Leader team.
Matěj Smetana (b. 1980) is a visual artist and teacher. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He makes installations, objects, and moving images. He is a university pedagogue and teaches various art programmes.
Melanie Bonajo examines the paradoxes inherent to ideas of comfort with a strong sense for community, equality, and body-politics. Through her videos, performances, photographs and installations, she studies subjects related to how technological advances and commoditybased pleasures increase feelings of alienation, removing a sense of belonging in an individual. Captivated by concepts of the divine, Bonajo explores the spiritual emptiness of her generation, examines peoples’ shifting relationship with nature and tries to understand existential questions by reflecting on our domestic situation, ideas around classification, concepts of home, gender and attitudes towards value.
Melanie Bonajo studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and completed residencies at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam (2009-10) and at ISCP in New York (2014). She was nominated for the Amsterdamprijs voor de Kunst 2018 and the prestigious Nam June Paik Award 2018. Her work has recently been acquired by Frac, Ile-de-France.
Melanie Bonajo’s work has been shown in international exhibitions throughout Europe; recently in a.o. Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019), Guangzhou Triennial (2018-2019), CN, a solo exhibition (2019, Progress vs. Sunsets) in Kunsthalle Lingen, ‘Creatures Made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design’ in Design Museum, Ghent (2019). The Night Soil Trilogy was on view in Manifesta 12, Palermo (2018), Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Katerina Gregos (2018), Kunstsaele Berlin (2018) and ‘Anima Mundi’ in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
Michaela Blažková has been involved in music, mainly electronic and dance music, since she was a child. She has mapped the dance bands of the 90s Eurodance. Her great inspiration were electronic notebooks for the blind, which in the Czech context include especially these three: Aria and Eureka A4, invented by the Australian engineer Milan Hudeček, and the Gin notebook made by the blind renaissance man Jiří Monžíšek. Thanks to these notebooks, Michaela was introduced to computing and electronics as a child. For three and a half years she studied at the Jan Deyl Conservatory under the guidance of MgA. Barbara Klozová-Velehradská. She studied German Language and Literature at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University and is currently working as a translator from/into German. She also writes her own stories, mostly science fiction and fantasy. SHe owns an impressive collection of electronic keyboards, numbering approximately 18 pieces. The vast majority of them are Yamaha and Casio brands. Her emphasis is mainly on older pieces with interesting instrument sounds that are hard to find or buy today. Keyboards and electronic music in general is her great love. In her spare time she enjoys computer games for the blind and sighted, which are best communicated to the blind in letsplay format.
Michael Nosek (*1990) was born in Litoměřice, lives and works in Prague. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where he studied at the Painting Studio III. Michael Rittstein. Physicality and emotionality repeatedly appear in the range of topics the author works with. A corporeality that is portrayed either directly and explicitly or one that carries a work that exists and resonates in combination with the body. Emotionality, facial expression, facial expressions, expression – such contents then describe the masks that the author creates, whether intended as a separate object or in connection with the body and in the installation.
Michal Škapa / Tron (b. 1978) is part of the strong generation of graffiti writers of the 1990s and one of the most significant artists connected to the Czech graffiti scene. Škapa is one of the artists closely tied to the legendary Trafo Gallery in Prague and also collaborates with MeetFactory, where he has maintained his personal studio for over eleven years. As an artist, he works with various media and formats, from murals, abstract acrylic writing, and airbrushed figurative compositions to site-specific installations and spatial objects. He also works as a graphic designer, established a screen printing workshop (Analog! Bros), and collaborates closely with the BiggBoss label.
*1979 in Belgrade. Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts (Belgrade) where she received PhD in 2019 and where she works since 2020 as a teaching assistant. She is actively exhibiting since 2001, since then she participated in many collective and solo shows in Serbia and abroad. She participated at art residencies in Iceland, Norway, USA and Netherlands and received several prizes, including Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos award and Vladimir Veličković award for drawing.
Nikola Brabcová (*1987 in Prague, Czech Republic) deals in her work with the layering of paintings and the creation of installations in which the relationships between individual paintings and objects are more important than individual artifacts. Their motifs are mostly shapes based on nature which disintegrate into abstract forms and new situations. Her latest work deals with soil and natural materials. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, exhibited at the Entrance Gallery, Jelení, MeetFactory, and at the Zlín Youth Salon 2021. She participates in the project-space Prototype and Artyčok.tv online TV.
Pavel Havrda (*1984) graduated from the Faculty of Art and Design at UJEP in Ústí nad Labem in the digital media studio of Štěpánka Šimlová and then in the interactive media studio of Pavel Kopřiva. In his artistic work, he examines the development and process of structuring organic forms across their changes in time and space. His works oscillate between different media, and their character is mostly procedural and ephemeral. Havrda’s frequent, but not the only, interest is research into natural and plant communities. Thanks to the experience with archiving, with the help of a specific autopsy, he gets to understand the basic elements, thus offering the viewer an insight into the complexity and complexity of the systems through the created diagrams, maps and instructions. It thus presents the viewer with a unique opportunity to look into the processes that are constantly taking place around us, but at an unobservable level.
Petr Racek is a Brno patriot and film cameraman. In documentary production, he focuses mainly on the issue of (non) functioning social and political systems. He is not afraid to shoot with the camera in extreme situations. His cameraman’s portfolio includes: Kibera: The Story of a Slum, We Have More, recording the course of Michal Horáček’s presidential campaign, How I Became a Partisan, or, for example, the series Queer.
Priscilla Telmon & Vincent Moon are a collaborating multidisciplinary artist duo working as independent filmmakers and sound-explorers. Together they produce ethnographic experimental films and music recordings, creative direction and curation, that are based on material collected from their numerous travels.
Priscilla Telmon is visual artist, Director, Photographer and writer, member of the Society of French Explorers, since 1999, she dedicated herself to long trips combining history and adventure, paying homage to the wisdom tradition and mystery of the cultures she visited. Her passion for exploration of ancient cultures gave birth to films, reportages and books, working in the international printing press, on tv and museum. Priscilla signed expeditions on the last nomads, sacred rituals and shamanism.
Vincent Moon was the main director of the ‘Take Away Shows’ of La Blogothèque. The online project of music films on indie-rock band and other famous musicians, like R.E.M, Tom Jones or Arcade Fire, revolutionized the concept of music video and the way of filming music in the entire world.
Radka Bodzewicz (*1991) is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts (Graphics Studio II / Vladimír Kokolia School and Socha II / Jindřich Zeithamml School, 2017). He calls his work figural abstraction, in which the nature and absurdity of human life resonate. On his canvases, he captures figural worlds / abstract and real landscapes, which encourage people to approach and observe the detailed microworlds of people from a distance-observable ornament. In the painting, he uses a fingerprint as an imaginary trigger, which enables play and creates a mental map of a personally lived story with a thread of interpersonal relationships. In her work, she likes to experiment with technology and materials. In recent years, he has been using painting with a mobile application with painting in virtual reality, thus creating a moving painting called Augmented Reality. He presents virtual reality in parallel with the classic image in the form of video art, holographic image and 3D printing. During her studies, she took part in an internship at Robert Gordon University – Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (2016) and in 2018 she was a finalist for the Leinemann Foundation for Education and Art Award.
founded in 2000. The art group with a signature engaged style. At the time of the exhibition Where Are the Lions? / Ubi sunt leones the group included Jiří Franta, David Kořínek, Marek Meduna and Luděk Rathouský.
Ráchel Skleničková (*1992) graduated from the Jan Deyl Conservatory under MgA. Jana Köhlerová and then the Academy of Performing Arts in piano performance and pedagogy under the guidance of professors František Malý and Ivan Klánský. Currently, she works at the Jan Deyl Conservatory as a piano teacher. She has participated in numerous music competitions, and considers her greatest success to be the 2011 International Competition for Musicians with Disabilities The Very Special Art in Washington, D.C., where she was named one of the three winners, as well as her performance at the 2016 Prague Spring Festival with the Prague Chamber Philharmonic under the baton of Jakub Klecker. Although her main field of study is piano, she also boldly mixes with other disciplines, e.g. in the past with classical and currently with pop and jazz singing, which she has applied in many performances and TV broadcasts, especially in cooperation with the Světluška Foundation in duets with famous personalities such as Tomáš Klus, Miro Žbirka or the group Čtyřtet. She also occasionally attempts her own compositions, e.g. every year she composes an electronic synthetic music for Tereza Vitásková’s musicals for the SEM theatre. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports, learning new languages such as Finnish, and playing computer games.
Romana Drdová (*1987) is a Czech visual artist. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2017. She also went on several study stays, e.g. at the Korean University in Seoul and at the studios of visiting professors Florian Pumhösel and Nicole Wermers at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Her work, often in the media of object, photography, and installation, is characterized by its pure aesthetic, often even transparency, and use of light, matter, and emptiness combined with specific materials and techniques inspired by the context of visual arts as well as the world of fashion, technology, and design. Drdová has introduced her work primarily at Czech independent institutions (solo exhibitions at Prague’s MeetFactory and Karlin Studios) as well as at the National Gallery in Prague and in the international context in Vienna, Berlin, and Liège.
Saodat Ismailova (*1981 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan) is a filmmaker and artist who graduated from Tashkent State Art Institute and was then granted a residency in Benettons Fabrica Research and Communication Center in Italy. This was the birthplace of her documentary Aral: Fishing in an Invisible Sea, a film about a human condition in an inhospitable environment. Then followed a residency in Berlin and in OCA Norway in Oslo, where she developed her short film The Haunted. Her most recent academic accomplishment was graduation from Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing in France.
ScreenSaverGallery is a group composed of artists, curators, and academics Barbora Trnková, Tomáš Javůrek, and Marie Meixnerová. Their practice consists in searching experimental approaches to the most topical technologies and presenting these to both experts and the general public.
Semir Mustafa lives and works between Rožaje (Montenegro) and Berlin.
Solange Pessoa (*1961 in Ferros, Brazil) lives and works in Belo Horizonte. She works in a wide array of media from sculpture, installation, and ceramic to painting and video. Pessoa holds her degree from the Guignard School of Art at Minas Gerais State University, where she has taught sculpture since 1993. Pessoa has built an artistic career over more than three decades with a strong connection to the Brazilian Baroque tradition – one that does not resort to the use of anachronisms or the simple revisiting of a tradition that is very much embedded in the artist’s socio-cultural background. Pessoa received a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation (USA, 1996/1997), and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Brazil and abroad.
Suzanne Husky (*1975 in Bazas, France) studied as Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux where she received an MFA. After studies in France, Suzanne moved to California and began to work on sculptures while documenting urban activism. It influenced her later works in which she questions how humans engage with nature, from earliest times till these days. Using all kinds of media like sculpture, photography, film, and installations, she examines relationships between plants, animals, and humans, and how we interact in a political and poetical way.
*1983, lives and works in Bratislava. Sculptor and mountain climber, graduate of AFAD in Bratislava (studio of Prof. Jozef Jankovič, academic sculptor), between 2004 – 2006 he completed internships at the Faculty of Belles Arts, Barcelona and Faculdade de Belles Artes, Porto.
Tomáš Javůrek (b. 1983) is a postgraduate student at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology, where is also an assistant professor. Additionally, he is also an independent book publisher, while his curatorial work focuses on contemporary internet and digital art, which he also focuses on in his dissertation research. He is part of the art duo &.
Toyen (given name Marie Čermínová, *1902 – †1980) was a Czech painter, drafter, illustrator, and a member of the surrealist movement. In 1923, the artist adopted the professional and gender-neutral pseudonym Toyen. Toyen joined the Czech avant-garde group Devětsil in 1923 and exhibited with them. The group had strong international connections, especially but not only with French culture. In 1925, Toyen went to Paris where they and their colleague painter Jindřich Štyrský announced their own direction called artificialism, characterized as lyrical and dreamy semi-abstraction inspired by personal memories. Toyen is also known for their open depiction of erotic motifs and erotic humour.
Uriel Orlow (*1973 in Zürich, Switzerland) studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design London, the Slade School of Art, University College London, and finally the University of Geneva, where he completed his PhD in Fine Art in 2002. His practice is research based and utilizes various forms of media, such as film, photography, drawing, and sound. Even with such a broad scope, he accomplishes to produce high quality works of art, such as his works “Memory of Trees”, “Wishing Trees”, “Theatrum Botanicum”, and “Soil Affinities”. These artworks focus on the plants as actors in history and as the silent witnesses.
Veronika Šrek Bromová (*1966) lives and works in Prague. She studied at the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague. She began exhibiting in the early 1990s and soon became one of the most sought-after artists of her generation. She enriched the new art scene with bold experiments using new technologies. She researched the parameters of shame. Her works are uncompromising and capture a deeply personal and intimate artistic expression. At the heart of her work are feminine themes, body, family, alternative family, nature, mythology, psychology, and recently, she is developing her own ways of a ritual. Bromová has exhibited in many places in Europe and the USA. She represented the Czech Republic at the Venice Biennale in 1999. Her works are in major public collections in the Czech Republic and Europe.
Vilém Duha (b. 1981) graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology (2009), where he studied at the Multimedia Studio. His work has been presented at numerous solo and group exhibitions. His main focus is on animation and relief work. Currently he is also the CEO of Truthify.
*1986, lives and works in Prague. He studied audiovisual studies at FAMU, then studied in the studio of intermedia confrontation at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He completed internships and residencies in Buenos Aires, Valencia, Nijmegen, Toulouse or Brisbane. In his work, he oscillates between documentary film, art in public space and activism.
Yishay Garbasz (*1970) is an Israeli interdisciplinary artist who works in the fields of photography, performance, and installation. She studied photography with Stephen Shore at Bard College between 2000 and 2004. Garbasz received the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 2004/2005. She has lived in Berlin since 2005 and has also lived in Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Israel, the USA, and England. Her main field of interest is trauma and the inheritance of post-traumatic memory. She also works on issues of identity and the invisibility of trans women. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and museums internationally including Tokyo, Seoul, New York, Miami, Boston, Berlin, Paris, London, and at the Busan Biennale.
Zackary Drucker (*1983) is an American trans woman multimedia artist, cultural producer, LGBT activist, actress, and television producer. In 2007, Drucker graduated from California Institute of the Arts. She is an Emmy-nominated producer for the docu-series This Is Me and a consultant on the TV series Transparent. Drucker is an artist whose work explores themes of gender and sexuality and critiques predominant two-dimensional representations. Drucker has stated that she considers discovering, telling, and preserving trans history to be not only an artistic opportunity but a political responsibility. Drucker’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and film festivals including but not limited to the 2014 Whitney Biennial, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern art.