Art Residence: Václav Magid (The Czech Republic)


01.07 - 30.07.2017

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Program: [Art residence]

From July 1 to July 30, 2017 in the Art Residence in Kronstadt the Czech artist, critic and curator Václav Magid will work. Born in Leningrad (USSR) in 1979, lives and works in Brno and Prague (Czech Republic). Václav Magid studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He also graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague and is currently working on his PhD. Václav Magid is a researcher at the Academic Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and teaches aesthetics and critical theory at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology. Editor-in-chief of the “Notebook for Art, Theory and Related Zones” magazine. Author of a number of articles on contemporary art theory and critics. Curator of several exhibitions of the contemporary Czech artists. His artworks are regularly exhibited in Prague, Brno and other cities of the Czech Republic. Finalist of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award (2010, 2013) and Dorothea von Stetten Art Award. Participant of the 12th Biennale de Lyon.

“My method of work can be described as emphasizing contradictions and dissonance between everyday life and its aesthetic and theoretical representation. Journal notes, drawings, photographs and videos reflecting a chance meeting or a random event are a starting point for my works. I am foremost interested in the situations where little, if anything, happens. Notwithstanding, they show the ideological indirectness of our everyday experience and its determinacy by objectified concepts. I proceed from the premise that an ideology performs best at a microscopic level of ordinary practices, in the form of behavior conventionality, of a “second nature”. Using a wide range of the contemporary art media (video, installation, performance), I set these ordinary situations against visual culture stereotypes as well as fragments or philosophical texts paraphrases”.

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On the 13th of July 2017 Václav Magid gave an artist-talk at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt.

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