Biennale Matter of Art: Come Closer

Report by Artyčok.TV with curators of Biennale Matter of Art: Come Closer Tereza Stejskalová and Vít Havránek.

Organized under the motto of “Come Closer,” the first edition of Bienále Ve věci umění / Matter of Art explores questions of co-existence in a society in which people no longer speak the same language. It looks at instances in which language has failed, exploring contempt, irritation, fear, frustration, anger, aggression, and fatigue. Sensing the need to find a common groundwork and conditions for empathy, the exhibition focuses on searching for the causes of the mood in today’s society. It seeks these causes in the past and the present, and also views them from the perspective of possible future scenarios, trying to identify how the intimate space of interpersonal relations and emotional life relates to broader social, political, and economic conditions.