Confessions of the Piping System
Kunsthal Charlottenborg is proud to present the first solo exhibition in Scandinavia with the emerging contemporary artist Eva Koťátková. Confessions of the Piping System is the title of the internationally acclaimed artist’s scenographic exhibition opening 20 September.
Eva Koťátková’s distinctive artistic vocabulary finds its way into all corners of the exhibition: posters with text, cages and other unnerving iron structures as well as an oversized pair of metal scissors leaning against the wall in a room decorated with sewing patterns and textiles. A large vitrine displays hundreds of images painstakingly cut out of a book by the artist herself and the visitors can lie in a giant bed while listening to recordings of children describing their dreams. A new comprehensive work, created especially for the exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, unites sculpture, text and performance and thus emphasizes Koťátková’s theatrical frame of reference.
Surrealism and institutional critique lurk beneath the surface of this scenographic exhibition. Koťátková is interested in the relationship between the realm of the private and personal on the one hand – our dreams, creativity and engagement – and the public, authoritarian sphere on the other. Which sets of rules do we adhere to in everyday situations? Koťátková hints at how we are informed by the codes and social control of institutional structures, how inner and outer impulses may clash, but at the same time, she points to opportunities for thinking and acting freely.
Eva Koťátková (b. 1982 in Prague) has exhibited in prominent institutions all over the world, such as the Venice Biennial and at New Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is currently participating at the Istanbul Biennial, and later this year she presents a solo exhibition at the well-known Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover.
The exhibition is curated by Henriette Bretton-Meyer and supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Obel Family Foundation.
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