PRINT November 2013


Four stills from Eva Kot’átková’s Sit Up Straight, 2008, four-channel digital video projection, color, sound, 2 minutes, 1 minute 30 seconds, 4 minutes, 2 minutes 30 seconds.

WHERE DOES THE SPACE of the human body begin and end? How do subjects position themselves against oppressive cultural norms? Fundamental questions of this kind have defined much philosophical and political thought, from Plato to Marx—but they are often treated as grand abstractions rather than as discernible effects on the self. Prague-based artist Eva Kot’átková, however, gets personal: Her installations, sculptures, performances, collages, videos, and drawings give visual form to the social and psychological forces that invisibly shape human experience as it is lived out in the body. What, for instance, does it mean to have existed during the “normalization” period of Soviet-Communist Czechoslovakia? How does this experience inscribe itself on a subject? And how might such an experience reverberate now, when established regimes everywhere are seemingly being replaced by

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