zbyněk baladrán, bertha von suttner revisited
zbyněk baladrán, bertha von suttner revisited
 

zbyněk baladrán


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bertha von suttner revisited



With Jiří Kovanda, who staged a performance at the opening reception, and Zbyněk Baladrán two artists participated in the project who come from Prague, where Bertha von Suttner (née Kinsky) was born. On instructions from Kovanda, Katarina Uhlirová carried out a surreptitious make-up happening in the lavatories that contradicted visitors' expectations with minimal gestures and associations with gender-swapping. For Archive Building, 2008, Zbyněk Baladrán created a linguistic system that was shown as a projection in the Orangery. During a three-month stay in Warsaw, Baladrán conducted archive research into political slogans from demonstrations and protest movements from 1968 to the present day. 150 very different slogans were compiled in a manner that sometimes stands in diametric opposition to the usual ones that dominate a debate or a public discourse. Baladrán isolated these phrases by writing them on paper individually and attached them like clothing on a red thread to a web-like installation. He developed a system through the abstract language that poetically depicts a scientific approach and is also well suited to creating an awareness of the past.