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The question “what is home” is examined from the most varied perspectives by the main autumn exhibition at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. Entitled Where Is My Home?, it is part of a wider project of the same name, and presents works of renowned artists and a selection of over 1300 works submitted in response to an open call to artists as well as the general public.
“They thus contain a moment of personal as well as collective doubt and inquiry. The feeling of home – of certainty and security – is not a given, but is rather a value that if not cared for can be disturbed, depleted, or even stolen.”
The Where Is My Home? project came about as an open call to ponder this fundamental question, and invited the public not only to participate in the exhibition at the DOX Centre, but also to jointly embark on a survey of activities cultivating the public space.
Over 400 authors reacted to the open call to the public, submitting over 1300 works that have been published on the web at kdedomovmuj.dox.cz. A selected 62 works on exhibit at the DOX Centre have been supplemented with works by other artists dealing with the subject of home in its various meanings (home as a place, a town, a land, a region, a country, etc.). Domestic artists include Jiří David, Tomáš Císařovský, Karel Nepraš, Tomáš Džadoň, Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák, Martin Mainer, Kateřina Šedá, Jindřich Štreit, Marek and Kristýna Milde, Martin Zet and Daniel Pešta, while foreign artists include Kristina Norman, Tallervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen or Krzysztof Wodiczko, among others.
Today, this question is once again a topical one due to the fact that today’s society is rife with uncertainty and dissatisfaction. If the idea of home is traditionally connected primarily with a feeling of certainty and security, it is logical that growing uncertainty and frustration from public life lead the public in no small measure to withdraw into privacy and cease to participate in public affairs – in creating a wider, “shared” home – a city, province or region. The Where Is My Home? project is based on the conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to answer this question and to participate in the creation of a shared home.
The project includes a web page, Kdedomovmuj.dox.cz, with an application called “Improving Places”, where messages about positive activities, one’s own projects and initiatives or ideas and input for improvement of the public space can be shared. Dozens of organizations and individuals across the Czech Republic are participating in the project.
Mariana Alasseur, Allstar Refjúdží Band, Jaroslav Anděl, Conrad Armstrong, Dalibor Bača, Hana Bělařová, Sára Bergmanová, Irena Boumová, Tomáš Brabec, Tomáš Brichta, Martina Cejpová, Tomáš Císařovský, Česká soda, Hana Čížková, Jiří David, Garry Davis, De Ardoise, Tomáš Džadoň, Federsel & Makäla, Petr Fiala, Jana Ficová, Petr Gibas, Patrik Hábl, Petr Hampl, Antoine Harinthe, Ivan Hartel, Ibra Ibrahimovič, Petr Jančárek, Lukáš Jasanský a Martin Polák, Miroslav Javůrek, Jana Jíchová, Tellervo Kalleinen a Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Jana Kasalová, Pavlína Kerhartová, Angelika Kianek, Pavel Klusák, Milan Kohout, Zdena Kolečková, Iveta Kopicová, Tomáš Kostelecký, Jitka Kulhánková, Kristýna Kužvartová, Marek Kvetán, Jan Látal, Pavlína Lörinczová, Aleš Loziak, Alexander Lyakhovich, Martin Mainer, Midi Lidi (Petr Marek), Marek a Kristýna Milde, Petr Mores, Petr Motyčka, Karel Nepraš, Kristina Norman, Orion, Hugo Toxx & Hana Hegerová, Martin Papcún, Francisco Pastor, Daniel Pešta, Piča z hoven, Tomáš Princ, Catherine Radosa, Přemysl Rut, Zdeněk Ryneš, Samčo, brat dážďoviek, Ladislav Snopko, Barbora Šamánková, Kateřina Šedá, Jindřich Štreit, Stanislav Tomšej, Matyáš Trnka, Václav Trojan, Vladimír Turner, Uličník (Alice Rezková, Marek Dvořák, Tomáš Hájek), Terezie Unzeitigová, Martin Velíšek, Vojtěch Vlk, Eliška Vojtková, David Vondráček, Diana Winklerová, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Martin Zet, Jan Žaloudek, Jiří Žežula.
Amnesty International Czech Republic; Fiducia Bookshop and Club; Anthropictures; Ateliér Ženy; CVArchitektura; The Centre for Global Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the CR and Charles University; Creative Gate; The Czech Council for Children and Young people; People in Need, Variants Programme; Divoko; Domovina; EDUin; Ecological Legal Service, Citizen 2.0; ERA svět; The Faculty of Art and Design of the University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně; Hearth.net; Heinrich Böll Stiftung; HUB Praha; Charter of Progressive Sociology 2010; The Institute of Information Design; Jůzit, o.s.; Open Society Fund; The Proměny Fund; The VIA Fund; Makovice; The Museum of Art and Design; Mlýny městu; Offcity; OKO The Opava Cultural Organziation; The Beautification Association for a Beautiful Ostrava; Plechárna; Pragulic; Let’s Be Neighbours; Together for No. 10; The Arts Management Student Association of The University of Economics; Učíme se příběhy, Příběhy nové kultury; Uličník; Za krásnou Olomouc; Žijeme tady; Živá zeď; Živé město, Praha.
Curator: Jaroslav Anděl in collaboration with Leoš Válka and Michaela Šilpochová
The exhibition is open to the public at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art from 11 October 2013 to 13 January 2014.
Attendant programme in English:
28 October 2013 | 8:30pm
DOX at Světozor Cinema
Mark Ther: Plums (CZ, 15 min, 2011)
Radovan Síbrt: On Decency (CZ, 52 min, 2012)
Czech with English subtitles.
31 October – 3 November 2013
After.Jihlava — Echoes of the 17th Annual Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival