Exhibition of art from Czechia, Poland and Slovakia on the hybrid aspect of the present day against the background of the post-transformation Central European landscape
The exhibition concentrates on areas once known as industrial, which are undergoing transition today. The artists tackle the issue of hybridization processes taking place there, including changes that concern all of us but do not make the world a more understandable or transparent place.
Hybrid-in may be seen as a visual antidote and answer to the contamination and viral infection of the environment. We caused the former and have fallen victim to the latter. In the post-internet, post-production world, the phenomenon of hybridization is spreading, entering the political and social territory from the pioneering sphere of hybrid materials, oxide-covered metal sheets, polystyrene, etc. Hybridization is now present in all walks of life, from genetically modified wheat, hybrid cars and communication, hybrid satellite receivers and hybrid wars to hybrid identity. The process of relentless hybridization is continuing, blurring the contours of the present, its distinctions and distribution of status.
The objects in the exhibition follow this trail. They juxtapose materials and found objects with knowledge derived from cultural contexts. A new picture of reality emerges from the junction of knowledge and chance, sculptural “creation” and material bastards found among ordinary objects, all subject to diverse interpretations.
The exhibition is a result of co-operation with the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Ostrava. It will also be presented at partner institutions, which are also co-organizers of this international project: Galerie výtvarného umění v Ostravě (June – August 2021) and Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava (December 2021 – February 2022).
The presentation will be accompanied by a catalogue and a programme of side events.
Artists: Karolina Balcer (PL), Marko Blažo (SK), Olaf Brzeski (PL), Viktor Frešo (SK), Julia Gryboś (PL) + Barbora Zentková (SK), Milan Houser (CZ), Martin Kochan + Cyril Blažo (SK), Marek Kvetan (SK), Dominika Łabądź + Iwona Ogrodzka (PL), Zorka Lednárová (SK), Diana Lelonek (PL), František Lozinki o.p.s. (CZ), Tomasz Mróz (PL), Libor Novotný (CZ), Agnieszka Polska (PL), Martin Zet (CZ)
Authors: Tomáš Knoflíček (CZ), Zbigniew Libera (PL), Vladimir Beskid (SK)
Curators: Vladimír Beskid (SK), Anna Mituś + Paweł Jarodzki (PL), František Kowolowski (CZ)
Graphic design and visual identify: Łukasz Paluch
Partners: GVUO Ostrava, Galeria J. Koniarka v Trnavě, University of Ostrava Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
Media Patronage: TOK FM, Gazeta Wyborcza Wrocław, TVP Kultura