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28 Mar 2015 - 17 Jun 2015

S.d.Ch.: A Makeshift Imitatio Christi

An exhibition of collages and comics created by the artist, playwright and musician Miloslav Vojtíšek, aka S.d.Ch. Through cutting and pasting S.d.Ch. whimsically grasps the idiosyncrasies of today’ s world, creating images layered with his own artistic, intellectual and spiritual views. S.d.Ch's work, from visual art across to the written word, is distinct in its sarcasm, humour and boundless imagination, making him a unique phenomenon of the Czech cultural scene.

The exhibition also features Vojtíšek’s new book A Makeshift Imitatio Christi.  The modern mystifying funereal romanetto uncovering the destiny of philosopher Ladislav Klíma's mishandled remains was published in English by Divus. Other accompanying events are a staged reading of S.d.Ch.’ s brilliant play Spiritual Death in Venice and a literary walk in one of London’ s cemeteries.

Private View:
27 March 2015, 7 pm
DIVUS London, Enclave 5, 50 Resolution Way, London SE8 4AL

Over the past five years, an artist working under the pseudonym of S.d.Ch. has become a phenomenon, embellishment and enfant terrible of the Czech cultural scene. Through his brilliantly written plays, in which even technical comments have an emotionally driven literary form, he ironises our contemporary times whilst still evoking the horrors of their direction.  His critical comments in the media and cruel one-act plays depicting the art-life are hard to rival, especially after the death of the poet and performer Milan Kozelka.

The tragic hyperbole in S.d.Ch.'s writing is deliberately introduced by his parodies of Goethe's overrated discourses, while his visual humour relates to the surreal collage monstrosity of Max Ernst. His work holds the best of the indestructible obstinacy of Thomas Bernhard, Céline's sense for building up narratives of the catastrophic ineptness of tattered human hopes, Ghelderod's theatrical comicality and a life's inspiration from philosopher Ladislav Klíma.

Born in Prague in 1970, today S.d.Ch is a well-known author of prose and drama, a collagist and the leader of the underground music band Ruce naší Dory (Hands of our Dora). In order to stage his plays he founded the The Varlén Dramatic Seminary, originally conceived as a puppet theatre. Recently, he has also presented staged readings and experimental drama performances. Initially he published his writings, drawings and collages via samizdat in the Creatura Culina Slach edition. Since 2007 he has been a key author of Divus publishing house and regularly cooperates with the cultural journal A2, Umělec art magazine, Polí5 music label and Rubato press.

S.d.Ch. introduces himself as a librettist in the extensive epic comics Red Amadeus - The Life of a Baroque Superman, for which he created an aristocratic super-hero type residing in Classicist Prague. He is the author of the collage comic books series Varlén, comprising of non-narrative diaries of everyday anxiety, whose unapparent protagonist emerges in the form of vision and creative method. He composes extensive collage comics’ mural composition such as the Varlén der Grosse or the votive cycle Varlen's Holy Mountain.

Within the past decade he has written nine puppet theatre and dramatic opuses coming to terms with the lingering catastrophe of the matters of nation, art and humanity, publishing these as three trilogies: The Czech, The Artistic, The Human. He asserted his dreadful experience with the artistic and cultural establishments in his country in a series of dramatic texts and plays, later collected in the book Misantropium. Aside from theatre plays, S.d.Ch. is also an author of the modern funereal romanetto The Makeshift Imitatio Christi, a mystification uncovering the destiny of philosopher Ladislav Klíma's mishandled remains. A rural novel of the third millennium, a horror of masculinity, nihilistic testament and spiritual thriller Studená vlna (Cold Wave) is a text written in the form of direct thinking and universal reckoning. In total, he has created dozens of literary and dramatic texts and a couple of hundred art pieces, but we must take into consideration that for a quarter of a century S.d.Ch. was employed full time as a gravedigger and therefore could not devote to his creative work as an academic or an artist for hire.

After exhibiting in Divus Underground, Divus Prager Kabarett and The Moravian Gallery in Brno, S.d.Ch. comes to the Divus London Gallery with an exhibition of collages entitled Makeshift Imitatio Christi, accompanied by an English publication of the eponymous book, the reason being two emerging facts. Firstly, it is because the author will not become a prophet in his homeland. Secondly, and perhaps more surprisingly, his hitherto oeuvre is itself about to reveal as a true Imitatio Christi, as a body of work for the state of the spiritual, metaphysical, artistic and mundane need for the ultimate failure of the spiritual, metaphysical, artistic and mundane institutions in the shamefully worn out paradigm of the old world.


Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic.








DIVUS London, Enclave 5, 50 Resolution Way, London SE8 4AL


From: 28 Mar 2015
To: 17 Jun 2015


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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