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Jan Pfeiffer. Support Points

  • okres trwania: 29.11.2014 - 31.01.2015
  • kurator: curator: Stanisław Ruksza
  • dodatkowe: opening 29th Nov 2014 (Sat) 7 p.m. + Lautbild live

The „Support Points“ project considers the topic of a long term maintenance of ideas, visions and their translation into a visual language of shapes (forms) and signs, it also asks how to know when certain philosophic direction is still vital, up-to-date and beneficial, and when it is just a repetitious effort to keep it alive.

And when, on the contrary, an already confirmed value can be used with new energy and contemporary drive. During his residential stay as part of the Metropoli Project in Upper Silesia Jan Pfeiffer investigated several sources, dealing with the topic of adopting the meanings of symbols, exploring the moment we “grab” a symbol and make it our own. His other topic has been idea maintenance in a sports organization where he was interested in the creation of its own mythology and aesthetics, costumes and flags.

Jan Pfeiffer - born 1984. Lives and works in Prague. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (2006–2011), Prague College School of Art & Design (2002–2005) and the Cooper Union in New York (2011). He is represented by Drdova Gallery. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad. Prizes include the Essl Art Award CEE (2009), and the 8Henkel Award (2011). Pfeifer employs photography, video, drawing and animation as documentary tools, which he subsequently transforms in the concepts of his exhibitions and forms of presentation. He tends to target the topos of the location and its perception. The majority of Pfeiffer’s works are based on an analysis of everyday situations and how we experience them; they frequently refer to a specific location, to movement and its trajectory and to a search for one’s own place in the structures of reality.

The project is partnered by Visegrad Fund.

The project is part of Project Metropolis, organised jointly by the Imago Mundi Foundation, CSW Kronika in Bytom and the Silesian Museum in Katowice.

About The Metropolis Project:

The Metropolis project attempts to examine the stereotypical image of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Coal Region and to create a contemporary portrait of the area through the medium of photography also using other tools. It opens a discussion featuring visual and sound artists where art is treated as a cognitive tool instead of simply reflecting pre-set assumptions or images based on wishful thinking.

The aim of the project is to explore parallel cities within the city, regions within the region. Do we really know the place? Is there just one, or perhaps many of them? A series of overlapping, inter-penetrating images: based on wishful thinking but on the other hand also unwanted, rooted in tradition and simultaneously clearly distancing themselves.

Every artists invited are forming their individual projects, these independent narrations form multifaceted approach which helps discovers the unique potential of the region rooted in its location, the identity of places and their historical layers, the everyday ambience of the area and of the residents themselves.

The programm bases on over 30 art residencies in the Silesia Region and initiatives involving inhabitants in to cooperation with the artists.

The Metropolis Project Curator - Stanislaw Ruksza

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