Pori Art Museum, Pori
One of the favorite territories of Koťátková’s practice is childhood and its educational space, the school.
21 January 2022 – 29 May 2022
Curated by Luigi Fassi and Anni Venäläinen
The territory between freedom and coercion, autonomous expression and its restriction, has always been at the heart of Eva Koťátková’s work. In her practice she constructs performative models of social analysis in order to investigate the forms of common sense and show the ideological construction of collective and individual behavior.
One of the favorite territories of Koťátková’s practice is childhood and its educational space, the school, with its paradigms of integration and social control, against which the artist conducts her research on the institution’s sedimented rituals and behavioral models.
The exhibition centers around Room for Restoring Empathy, an installation formed through numerous meetings and workshops with children, who became temporary collaborators of Koťátková. They were asked to bring their jumpers, jackets and other pieces of personal clothing, which were then transformed into the children’s second skin to articulate their opinions, dreams and desires. The jackets acquired mouths able to speak or shout, and eyes capable of seeing through walls or behind corners. During the workshops stories were shared and collected: stories of stigmatization and oppression, as well as stories about empathy and solidarity. When presented to the viewers, the elements of Room for Restoring Empathy act as a group of bodies that have convened to discuss, share or dream together, thus creating a social space respectful of all the participants’ individualities.
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Pori Art Museum
Eteläranta, 28100 Pori
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Pori Art Museum is open partly after the fire on July 2021. Exhibitions are held in spaces next to the lobby.