The first of a series of events that will take place as part of Kateřina Konvalinová’s residency, under the name of Santai. Using the form of a performative lecture and presentation, Kateřina will try to reassess her hitherto body of work and present the program of her forthcoming residency. A series of other artists’ videos will be part of the program, this all topped off with a karaoke party, if the general mood allows.
Kateřina Konvalinová (*91) is the student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, the Intermedia Work Studio. She employs especially the medium of video and performance. Among prominent topics of her art is love, understood as a radical transformative power, or in more general terms, as a way of conduct / policy in opposition to the current politics of ego and power. In her previous artworks she dealt with altered states of consciousness, psychedelic assisted therapy, psychedelic counterculture of the 1960s, or methods of dissolving one’s ego as a possible treatment of contemporary social psychoses. In her current work she further deals with the phenomenon of a forming, even traumatic event, in the sense “it was a hard year, but I am glad for it in retrospect”, as well as the motive of slowing down - reassessment – self-reflection. The slowing down and reassessment together with the growing unease are also leitmotifs of her summer residency at INI under the title Santai (relaxed, at ease), a topic she is going to elaborate on in the forthcoming series of events.
The event is taking place thanks to the financial support of the Czech Ministry of Culture, the State Cultural Fund and the City of Prague.