THE PERSPECTIVE OF A BLIND EYE

Tomáš Džadoň, Petra Herotová, Eva Jiřička
Casa Masaccio Centro per l‘Arte Contemporanea / San Giovanni Valdarno / 26. 6. – 26. 7. 2011

“The specific pre-appearance which art shows is like a laboratory where events, figures and characters are driven to their typical, characteristic end; this essential vision of characters and situations, inscribed in every work of art, presupposes possibility beyond already existing reality.”

(Ernst Bloch)

The point of departure for the exhibition is the collective endeavour to understand the local through the prism of the “other”. The Perspective of a Blind Eye, an exhibition project resulting from a one month residency of two Czech and one Slovak artist at Casa Masaccio, aims to comprehend and analyze the indigenous in order to scrutinize and elaborate on subjects connected to local modes, mechanisms and dynamics of contemporary life in the area.

Although the exhibition presents a different perspective up on local phenomena, it escapes the implementation of a definite and reductive view up on local reality. Works introduced in the show should thus be perceived as a series of subjective impressions and personal points of view. Even though respective artists have conducted their own research and employed strategies characteristic for their artistic practice, the exhibition as whole should be understood as a collective project, where particular approaches meet and construct a “fragmented” understanding of local reality.

Among other, works in the exhibition reflect up on subjects of urbanism, social modes of behaviour, inter-communal relations and various seemingly marginal specifics characteristic to the area. While the process of mirroring the local plays a vital part in introduced works, the continuous awareness of the prospect of misinterpretation, paired with the sense of the “other” operating within the local, further stimulates the dialogue with the local public, initiated in the process of exploiting the project. This dialogical relationship with the audience aims to revise the position of the spectator; from passive observer to active mover. Only through this process of empowering the (local) public, can the perspective of the “other” embody a sense of value and “create possibility beyond already existing reality”.

text by curator Marketa Stará