14 Oct 2015 - 17 Oct 2015
Collection of Suppressed Voices – Eva Koťátková at Frieze Live
After her captivating 2013 solo show at Oxford Modern Art, Eva Koťátková comes to London with a new project. Collection of Suppressed Voices is an installation and performance piece building on the theme of everyday struggles with rules and ideas. The work is part of the Frieze Art Fair, where the artist is represented by Meyer Riegger gallery.
Eva Koťátková (born 1982 in Prague) studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, Prague Academy of Applied Arts, San Francisco Art Institute and Akademie Bildende Kunst Wien from 2002-2007. In 2007 - at the age of 25 - she became the youngest artist ever to be awarded the Jindřich Chalupecký Award for young artists in the Czech Republic, and was also one of the highlights of 2013 Venice Biennale -as part of The Encyclopedic Palace.
work develops through collaboration and performance to explore the language of
sculpture and to reevaluate ‘normal’ situations. Her tools include video,
photography, found objects and drawings as both prerequisites and records of
her own performances. Koťátková’s works are proposals for living in an awkward
age; blueprints for difficulties that must be overcome in order to explore
limits of human relationships and behaviour. Objects become mediators which
borrow human voices and tell personal stories as well as literary narratives of
human isolation and otherness. Her performances staging the relationship
between human beings, ideas and objects, often result in quite elaborate
Eva exhibits extensively internationally and in the Czech Republic and her work is included in numerous private and public collections.
Collection of Suppressed Voices
A group of vases stand on a platform. Some are broken, some are about to fall into pieces. Some are temporarily fixed. Some have visible supports, holders or extensions. Some have holes, beaks, arms and other body parts. Some of them speak. Two bodies move on the platform. They activate the objects and try to speak through them. They navigate themselves through the vases and use them as containers for voices that can be heard only when being touched or moved.
The installation is a three-dimensional database of suppressed voices, people-children that struggle with all kinds of communication difficulties. It is a stage for part bodies, part objects to gain new shapes, meaning, identity by rearranging and relating the various individual elements to each other creating new temporary wholes and coordinates. (Eva Kot’átková)
Partner: Meyer Riegger
Venue: Frieze Art Fair
Eva Kot’átková, Collection of Suppressed Voices,
installation view, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 2014
Frieze Art Fair (Stand L4), Regent’s Park, entrance off Park Square West, London NW1 4NR
From: 14 Oct 2015
To: 17 Oct 2015
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event