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'When the Time Swirls, When it Turns into a Black Hole', a Group Show at FUTURA, Prague

The walls are pulsing
Haunting desires of strangers
Bodies start to merge *


The itching, uncomfortable, alien feeling in your body, when it’s carried through a dark tunnel of change, the turbulence the movement creates, the hallucinating vision you attain, the intolerable state that causes pain and misery combined with lucid longing. 

I wanted to stage the experience of adolescence, the dreams and nightmares that one experiences when transitioning from one place to another – the awkwardness, the uncanniness and darkness this journey comprises. Adolescence is a season of fast-paced development – moral, social, physical, cognitive, and emotional transformation. Imagine a body, - a distorted body, half of the body, parts of a body, an unpleasant body, a beautiful body, an ugly body... can you tolerate it? It’s both scary and captivating in its strangeness and alienness. 

The mindset of a teenager – how does it manifest itself? Is it a grotesque picture of reality? The imagination gone wrong or just wild? Another reality? I wanted to explore the subject of fear and horror during the states of transition and change, - the way they become alternate states for expression, resistance and even healing. What pathway they have and what footprint they leave. The poetics, humour and unpleasantness they entail. A teenager’s mind can be a portrait of a decade or a time, pointing to the power of transformative strength that goes alongside the chaotic dynamics characteristic of the times we live in. It can be also a space and a place for (imagined) language. Futura Gallery’s space, the basement, offers a body for scenography and dramaturgy to this subject. The presence of a body as real (physical) and symbolic (psychological) is situated there in conversation with the language of architecture, revealing itself in various gestures and appearances. 

— Maija Rudovska

*Thomas Moore, When People Die, 2018, published by Kiddiepunk

4.12.19 — 16.2.20

O.B.De Alessi, Michael Salerno, Thomas Moore, Dennis Cooper, Laura Gozlan, Radek Brousil, Darja Bajagić

Curated by Maija Rudovska

Photo by Tomáš Souček, Radek Brousil

FUTURA

'A Californian Plumber' by Agnieszka Szostek at Fugitif, Leipzig

'Shelter of Trust' by Klára Švandová and Ondřej Doskočil at TiK Cold Space, Riga

'The Weakest Nest Robber' by David Fesl at Karlin Studios, Prague

'Larry Farmer' by Tyler Macko at No Place, Columbus

'Unrealism' by Omsk Social Club at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin

'Retoucher´s abilities' by Alex Selmeci and Tomáš Kocka Jusko at Berlinskej Model

'ThirstyJurisdictionsDesireOutside' by DDaS at A.D., New York

'Longue-Fâme', Off-Site Show by Lia Pradal & Camille Tallent, 42.901730, 1.346770

'Arthur Phillip puts his head down, Barangaroo 1788' by Allan Rand at CHAUFFEUR,

'Dystopian Realism', a Group Show Curated by Václav Janoščík at Cursor Gallery, P

'heute denken, morgen fertig' by Grégory Sugnaux with Camille Kaiser, Christophe

'TTOA: Native Arrangement II' by Kai (Kari) Altmann at Final Hot Desert, Rozel Po

'Hairy earthtongue, weeping toothcrust, fairy rings', a Group Show at FUTURA, Pra

'Crosspollination' by Yein Lee & Ivan Pérard at Loggia, Vienna

'Thread Art Paintings' by Sal Salandra at East Hampton Shed on Wheels

'Blue Period' by Giulia Essyad at Lokal-Int, Biel

'Wingless Bird With Hands' by Jiří Pitrmuc at Jeleni Gallery, Prague

'Calls' by Filippo Marzocchi at Galeria Fran Reus, Palma

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