Curatos: Amande In & Michal Novotny
Baptiste Debombourg (FR), Edouard Boyer (FR), Vojtěch Kouřímský (CZ), Anja Loughhead (AUS), Marianne Maric (FR)
When it comes to define what’s the purpose of making art and what can be accomplished within this frame, often an equivocal belief blurs the limit between work and leisure, useful and futile, profitable and free.
The group exhibition Chléb a Sůl (Bread and Salt) brings together eleven international artists on a site that was once dedicated to production and labour : a factory. Converted since 2006 into a non-profit space for contemporary art : Karlín Studios houses both an exhibition space and artists’ studios. Further than the specific architecture of this building, it is its initial function that has driven the making of this exhibition.
Through the production of their artworks each of the participating artists get involved with a singular attitude towards labour. Yet, rather than a statement, the artworks in conversation within this collective exhibition, are reflecting a certain crisis of values and by extension of ideals. Thus, challenging core issues of our society.
Within such a context, the audience is invited to question its own priori- ties and necessities.
Still, can we define these artists as labourers of the absurd ? Is freedom a staple commodity ? How to define free time if not by opposition to boun- ded time, and in this case where shall be drawn the line of this boundarie ?