16 July 2018


Kateřina Šedá (born in Brno, Czech Republic) lives and works in Brno and Prague. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (2005) and the School of Applied Arts in Brno (1999). Her recent solo exhibitions include: Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Cubitt gallery in London, Künstlerhaus in Bremen, Germany, Museums Sheffield in Sheffield (2011),  Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Franco Soffiantino Gallery in Torino (2010). She has exhibited widly in group exhibitions, including this year Venice Biennale, at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin (2011), Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev,  Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, in Budapest (2010).

Nic Tam Nenị  /There is Nothing There, 2003
paper documentation, video
Photography: Kateřina Šedá
Courtesy of the artist

In the work There's Nothing There, Kateřina Šedá designed a multi-user game, similar to a real-time video game, in real life. The average activity day Šedá created for the villagers of Ponetovice (after intricately surveying their habits) was laid out on an instruction sheet headed "Regime for a Day". Initially the artist had secured the villagers’ willing participation in the project, going from house to house, delivering self-described "letters of persuasion" and questionnaires, staging meetings and discussions. Once they had agreed to take part, the villagers were then required to blindly follow the demands of the schedule. The confusion between permission and submission is salient, for the artist's work frequently occupies an unlikely middle-ground between liberty and coercion.


© Oktobarski salon Beograd
Belgrade October salon 2011

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