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ANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ
Ausstellungstitel
Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova

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Duration: 13. 05. - 18. 06. 2011

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EXHIBITION INFORMATION

 

ANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ

 

Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova
May 13 - June 18, 2011

 

As its geopolitical and historical realities have by now almost ceased to exist, Eastern Europe today has come to signify something different from a location. Eastern Europe is a topos of the imagination onto which the phantasms of the former East and the former West project a more and more disillusioned but increasingly distorted image. This is why I propose that we speak of Eastern Europeanness instead - a result of the post-communist condition that didn't quite seamlessly evolve into the capitalism practiced in liberal democracies. Eastern Europeanness is to be found not only in the various levels of integration into capitalism, from foreign immigrant workers to the nouveaux riches. It also hopefully represents a trope for what remains unassimilated and marginalised, the undigested of history and politics.

 

Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová like to play out the cliché of that flamboyant Eastern European who enjoys all the guilty pleasures of capitalism. They also like to say things all Western Europeans think but that only an Eastern European, not quite trained in political correctness, can say out loud. The artists take nothing at face value, and everything becomes raw material to work with - revolutionary hopes and the bitter lessons of history, the legacy of modernism, the critical role of art, the rules of the art world, sex, blondness, Capital…
 

But how should the radical Eastern Europeanness of Chişa & Tkáčová’s practice be read, without falling for the existing clichés? How is the logic of the particular forms of critique the artists have developed to be understood?

 

One possible approach is to go back to the origins of the post-communist condition, from the premises of which the two artists explore the state of global capitalism today. I propose that we address the communist condition itself, as the horizon of the artistic imagination of the early avant-gardes.

 

I would like to suggest that the transformative approach which Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová adopt in the face of the Western art world can be seen from the perspective of something like the early-avant-garde desire to transform commodities into specific socialist objects - comrades. In his famous letters from Paris, Rodchenko voiced his confusion over the deeply felt seduction but also the emptiness of the Western commodities with which he was confronted for the first time. He tried to formulate what made the socialist commodity different in his eyes: “Our things in our hands must be equals, comrades, and not the black and mournful slaves that they are here.”

 

But the Russian avant-garde had an ambiguous attitude towards the question of material culture (in the sense of everyday objects). The everyday (byt) was generally seen as something to be transgressed, as petty, backward and feminized, in brief: an obstacle on the path to spirituality and progress. On the other hand, there were artists, like Tatlin for example, who attempted to transform even the most banal utilitarian household objects.

 

There is something arising from this tension between high ideal and practical reality, between rigorous critical thought and feminine whimsicality, that is reconsidered and reworked in the art of Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová in a way that makes me think Eastern Europeanness could be a form of critical practice in its own right. (Dessislava Dimova)

 

Anetta Mona Chişa (born in Nadlac, Romania, in 1975) and Lucia Tkáčová (born in Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia, in 1977) collaborate since 2000. They both graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and currently they live and work in Prague.

 

Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová represent Romania at this year’s Venice Biennale:
Performing History, Romanian Pavilion, June 4 - November 27, 2011.

 

 
Selected exhibitions: 2011 Performing History, Romanian Pavilion, Venice Biennale; Rearview Mirror, The Power Plant, Toronto; Models For Taking Part, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; 2010 A BAS LENIN, OU LA VIERGE A L'ECURIE, Christine König Galerie_curated by Pierre Bismuth, Vienna; Figura cuncta videntis, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; How To Make A Revolution, MLAC, Rome; 1st Ural Industrial Biennial for Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia; Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová FAR FROM YOU, Karlin Studios, Prague; Beyond Credit - Modern Art from Southeast Europe, Istanbul; Cinema X: I Like to Watch, MOCCA, Toronto; While Bodies Get Mirrored, migros museum für gegenwartskunst zürich, Zurich; 2009 Gender Check, MUMOK Vienna; Footnotes to Business, Footnotes to Pleasure, Christine König Galerie, Vienna; The Reach of Realism, MOCA Miami; The Making of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Galerie Collectiva, Berlin; 2008 Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.
 
(1) From Christina Kiaer, Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects
of Russian Constructivism, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts/London 2005, p. 199

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Galerie
ANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br /><em>Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova<br />10 Tips for Eastern European Women</em>, 2006 - 2011<br />Slovak, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian, Serbian<br />dimensions variable<br />Exhibition viewANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br /><em>Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova<br />10 Tips for Eastern European Women</em>, 2006 - 2011<br />Slovak, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian, Serbian<br />dimensions variable<br />Exhibition viewANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁt <br />Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova <br />DRAFT <em>10 Tips for Eastern European Women</em>, 2006 - 2011 <br />Slovak, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian, Serbian <br />dimensions variableANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br /><em>Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova<br />Memory without History (A Memorial to Lida Clementisová)</em>, from 2009 - ongoing project<br />plants (Clematis Hybrids), slide projectionANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br /><em>Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova<br />Memory without History (A Memorial to Lida Clementisová)</em>, from 2009 - ongoing project<br />plants (Clematis Hybrids), slide projectionANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br /><em>Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova<br />Before or After</em>, 2011series of 20 collages<br />different sizes<br />Exhibition view ANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br /><em>Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova<br />Before or After</em>, 2011<br />series of 20 collages<br />different sizes<br />Exhibition view ANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br />Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova<br />DETAIL <em>Before or After</em>, 2011<br />series of 20 collages<br />different sizes<br />ANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br /><em>Before or After,</em> 2011<br />series of 20 collages<br />different sizesANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br /><em>Before or After</em>, 2011<br />series of 20 collages<br />different sizesANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br /><em>Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova<br />Freedom Trash Can</em>, 2011<br />trash can, galvanised metal, paintANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ<br /><em>Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova<br />The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex</em>, 2010<br />color video with sound and English subtitles<br />35:00 min<br />Ed.ANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ Material Culture / Things in our Hands_curated by Dessislava Dimova, Exhibition viewAusstellungsansicht fassade 01East by south west

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