Evenings with WHW Akademija Lecture by Zbyněk Baladrán, From Social Fictions to Neoliberal Signatures in Art

Zbyněk Baladrán

Online

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Manuš means Human, Kunsthalle Wienn, 2021

29/9/2022 at 7 pm CET

Through his work, Zbyněk Baladrán researches the territory of “Western culture” while using the methods of archaeology, ethnography, and sociology to explore not-so-old history. He is interested in the ways in which life is conditioned by systems, rules, and coincidences—especially related to the legacy of the political left. He also examines the role of objects through which a society obsessed with itself creates images of its past and future.

In this lecture, Baladrán will reflect on how, in our current time, art’s effect on society is no different from that of any other commodified service. He will try to answer the question of what art’s practice and purpose are, asking whether it holds another emancipatory potential than the one that supports individualism. Zbyněk Baladrán will also describe his working practices and proposals, through which he tries to resist the pressures of the market forces that determine most happenings and occurrences in the art scene.

The evening’s moderators are Ana Kovačić, of WHW, and Maksym Khodak, a participant of WHW Akademija 2022.

Zbyněk Baladrán (b. 1973, Prague) is an author, visual artist, curator, and exhibition architect. In his works, he investigates territories that are occupied by that part of civilization that we call “Western.” Using methodologies similar to those used by the ethnographer, the anthropologist, and the sociologist, this post-humanist “archaeologist” is digging up the remnants of the not-so-distant past, looking particularly at societal systems in relation to the heritage of the political left. He studied art history in the Department of Arts at Charles University and new media at the Academy of Fine Arts, both in Prague. In 2001, he co-founded Display – Association for Research and Collective Practice, where he continues to work as a curator and organizer. He has taken part in exhibitions including Manifesta 5, Donostia-San Sebastian; 11th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art; 56th La Venice Biennale; and Museum of Modern Art, New York. Baladrán is represented by Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris; Gandy Gallery, Bratislava; Hunt Kastner, Prague; and cooperative Salvator Rosa. 

WHW Akademija is realized in partnership with Kontakt Collection. The main funders of WHW Akademija are Kontakt / ERSTE Foundation and FfAI – Foundation for Arts Initiatives. Lecture by Zbyněk Baladrán is a part of project Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses, Tools and Alliances, which WHW recently initiated in collaboration with the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, and Neue Nachbarschaft // Moabit, Berlin.

‍The program is supported by:

European Commission’s Creative Europe program
City Office for Culture, International Relations and Civil Society
Kultura Nova Foundation
Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia
Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU)

Timeline

WHW

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Exhibition
Marwa Arsanios, Željko Beljan, Marina Naprushkina, Rupali Patil, Dan Perjovschi, Selma Selman, Marko Tadić, Cecilia Vicuña
Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU), Zagreb
Conference
Kohei Saito, Françoise Vergès, Roland Ngam, Karin Doolan, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Paul Stubbs, Marwa Arsanios, Pablo Martinez, faridrakun (ruangrupa), Alexandra Köves
Zagreb trade fair, Youth Center Ribnjak, HDLU, Zagreb
Discussion
Marina Naprushkina
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Pablo Martinez, Adelita Husni Bey
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Marina Naprushkina
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Yael Davis
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Summer School
Pablo Martinez, Marina Naprushkina, Gleb Amankulov, Larissa Araz, Kemil Bekteši, Klara Burić, Katja Crevar, Aria Farajnezhad, Đejmi Hadrović, Hu Yun, Mari Kalabegashvili, Ivana Mirchevska, Jelisaveta Rapaić, Rita Süveges
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Zbyněk Baladrán
Online
Exhibition
Vlatka Horvat, Marina Naprushkina
Gallery Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb

Rijks

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Workshop
Wouter van der Laan, Esther Meijer, We Sell Reality
Rijksakademie
Residency
Peng Zhang
Amsterdam

Neue

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Workshop
Dušan Rodić
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Edoardo Micheli
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Josias Scharf
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Alungoo Xatan, Dior Thiam, etaïnn zwer, Frances Breden
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Residency
Rupali Patil
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Alina Dzeravianka and Sveta Husakova
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Lecture
Daniela Medina Poch, Raras Umaratih, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Lena Pozdnyakova and Eldar Tagi
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Mariam Agamian, Ju Bavyka, Masha Beketova, Timur V. and Galka Yarmanova
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Hubert Gromny, Kelly Krugman, Mokia Laisin, Lia Milanesio
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Lecture
Marta Sala, Batoul Sedawi, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Lahya Aukongo, Amora C.Bosco, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Improvisation Group / Maddi Fuente Ubani, Cristina Leoni-Osion, Biljiana Pais, Lena Pozdnyakova, Cristina Viegas
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Sofia Ocherednaya, Betül Torlak, Kasia Wojcik and Yasemin Altınay
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Exhibition
Zinzi Buchanan, Inky Lee, Daniela Medina Poch, and Meghna Singh
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Galina Yarmanova, Jahia La Sangoma, Marianna Szczygielska, Marianna Szczygielska, Sybille Neumeyer and Svitlana Shymko
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Biljana Pais
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Pubic Talk, Workshop
Alina Dzeravianka, Sveta Husakova
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Jelena Fužinato, Bojana Fužinato and Endi Tupja
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Cam-Anh Luong and Roland Sookias
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Edoardo Micheli
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Rupali Patil
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Greta Cazzola and Nicola
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin