curated by Marina Dacci and Krištof Kintera
For the first time a project moves out of the gallery, and scatters works in unexpected places. Kintera, artist and co-curator of the project, often places his works in non-institutional spaces. The underlying idea is to offer viewers an itinerary through places which are used for other purposes, with levity and irony, in order to train their gaze to search for beauty that is, so to speak, “within reach”. Because in the end, the core matter is always the attitude of the gaze.
In our walk through life, we take for granted what fills our familiar world, and we think we know and can control it by placing everything in it’s place and order. Objects, images do not surprise us anymore, or if so only rarely, because they are absorbed and placed in our ordinary and reassuring cognitive maps.
At times however it may happen that we ask ourselves if Beauty, in our everyday life, is a necessary good, which kind of beauty we do need, and where and how to search for it.
We have asked four artists from Prague, with quite diverse formal research and outcomes, to explore that notion with their works which speak of research postures, but mostly of what Beauty represents for them. The exhibition is a small stage of diverse – and partly complementary – gazes and artifacts which however share a common denominator: the tension and need to rediscover and invent a new form of Beauty every day, to feel being “in the world” and live in it even in unexpected ways.
We are not interested in putting a label to “what beauty is”– much has been written about this topic – but rather in looking with new eyes and discovering the Hidden Beauty which we do not often see or consider as the founding element of our lives.
This is a kind of beauty, at times with capital “B” but most often in lowercase, to be found in negligible details and/or humble settings where our memory, imagination, dreams, and experimentations help us to render it back with a universal meaning, although through subjective canons, a highly validating and non-stereotypical meaning about what makes us feel that we can live an authentic experience.
For this reason as well, a part of the exhibition is set as a “treasure hunt”, leading the viewers to unexpected places to be seen through “new eyeglasses”.
Beauty then could be validating what we call subjective experience lived in full awareness. Beauty could be a fertile encounter, a happy marriage between what is inside ourselves and what surrounds us and comes towards us. Beauty is the ability to bring poetry and lyricism back to worlds ruled by technological and scientific norms. Beauty means giving a new life to ordinary objects belonging to ordinary lives, making them grow roots and new branches, thus opening a personal and universal reflection on space and time: categories through which we give value to, and measure our lives.
The search for Beauty is – always and in any event– the search for Truth. Hence, it gives a special meaning to our lives.
With works by Anna Hulačová, Krištof Kintera, Pavla Sceranková and Richard Wiesner.
Photos by Giorgio Benni
Courtesy of z2o Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome