14 S

22 May 2009, 6:04 PM

The exhibition takes place in conjunction with the international conference of the Group Section of the European Federation of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy (EFPP), attended by European experts and guests from non-European countries. The name, Bridging Identities – Clinical Impact of Groups, indicates the main theme of the conference – finding ways to connect or bridge various entities (professional, clinical or ethnic, social and other groups). The conference is held under the auspices of MUDr. Pavel Bém , the Lord Mayor of Prague.

Fourteen artists, of different generations, will present fourteen themes that are formally connected (in the Czech language) with the letter S. Themes like identity, the search for one’s roots, loss, and the search for the meaning of life -are contemporary topics in today’s world. Parallel universes, virtual worlds, estrangement, damaged personal relationships, the inability of communication and feelings of loneliness are the current social wounds. This group exhibition is comprised of Czech artists who have been dealing with these topics in their work over a long period of time.

The artists - Josef Bolf, Václav Buriánek, Jiří Černický, Federico Díaz, Ivana Lomová, Michal Nesázal, Petr Nikl, Michal Pěchouček, Viktor Pivovarov, František Skála, Pavel Tichoň, Libuše Vendlová, Kateřina Závodová, Kamila Ženatá – react mainly to their own intimate emotional experiences, which they deal with through a variety of media: painting, video, photography, installation and text. The project is curated by Milena Slavická and Kamila Ženatá.

Mutual documentation of the conference and the exhibition will be a two-part catalogue/compilation. The catalogue will present profiles of the participating artists, their texts, and reproductions of their work. The compilation will cover conference-related material. The catalogue/compilation will be both in Czech and the English language.

As part of the DOX Accompanying Programs – Café DOX, there will be
a lecture series and presentations on two topics: psychotherapy, and dreams in the arts.