REPORT ON THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE PAST on View 1/29-3/11 at Czech Center New York
Featuring the works of Czech artists Eva Kotatkova and Barbora Klimova and curated by Vit Havranek, Director of tranzit, Report on the Reconstruction of the Past will be presented at Czech Center New York January 29 through March 11, 2014. The installation is presented in connection with the major exhibition Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module on view at the New Museum January 22 through April 13, 2014.
In Report on the Reconstruction of the Past, artists Kotatkova and Klimova use historical images, past events, and conceptual references in a subjective examination of the recent past. Through an archival exploration of former East European artistic practices, the installation reconsiders newly established post-communist identities. In a region that has undergone complex political, social, and economic changes in the last twenty years, the legitimization of these changes came from two sides. On the one hand, the changes were motivated by the engagement of democratic principles and integration into the system of global capitalism. On the other hand, this re-entry into the world of democracy took place in the context of particular historical and national narratives that were often selective and suppressive in regard to the recent past and current realities.