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12. 01. 2016

Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2016 Knows Its Finalists

The international jury has chosen the names of five finalists of the upcoming edition of Czech Republic’s most prestigious award for visual artists up to the age of 35. The selected artists work in traditional media while also using the latest approaches, employing objects and installations, videos and photographs, performance and sculptures as well as interdisciplinary overlaps. The works by the finalists will be presented traditionally both during related events and at the final exhibition in the fall. After last year’s Brno edition, this year’s edition will be held at the National Gallery in Prague. Besides introducing the finalists, the exhibition will also feature the work of Laure Prouvost, a French artist based in London, holder of UK’s prestigious Turner Prize. The name of the winner of the 27th edition will be announced in November 2016 in Prague.

The five finalists were selected by seven members of an international jury that includes the same experts as in 2015. The jury is presided by Holly Block, a renowned curator and director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York. The jury further includes visual artist Jiří Kovanda, art theorist and director of the Slovak National Gallery Alexandra Kusá, Icelandic-born director of The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo Gunnar B. Kvaran, art theorist and curator Pavlína Morganová, art manager of the Ostrava City Gallery PLATO Marek Pokorný, and curator and art consultant at Bottega Gallery and Shcherbenko Art Centre in Kiev Marina Shcherbenko.

This year’s finalists are Aleš Čermák, Katarína Hládeková, Anna Hulačová, Matyáš Chochola and Johana Střížková. Aleš Čermák has already been in the final in 2013, the other finalists have been nominated for the first time. In the course of the year, they will introduce themselves at related events across the Czech Republic and they will top off their activities in this year’s edition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award at the Final 2016 exhibition. The exhibition will be open from September 30, 2016 to January 8, 2017 at the Trade Fair Palace of the National Gallery in Prague. The award ceremony of the 27th Jindřich Chalupecký Award will be held at the same venue in November 2016. The final ceremony will have a brand new concept devised by last year’s finalists for the first time in the award’s history.

The names of the five finalists were selected by the jury out of more than 90 portfolios of young artists, which is the largest number of submissions up to now. After several days of deliberation, this year's jury selected a wonderful group of artists. The jury reviewed more than 90 portfolios and our final list includes five artists who make a statement about contemporary art and the various art practices that represent the Czech art world today. The process was extremely competitive with many artists and with the jurors’ careful consideration of the applicants' artwork,” said Holly Block, head of the jury of Jindřich Chalupecký Award.

It is for the first time that the names of the finalists are announced several months earlier than in the past years. “We have decided to announce the names of the finalists at the beginning of the year so that the artists have more time and space to prepare new projects for the fall exhibition. At the same time, we, too, will have a chance to work with them more intensively throughout the year, preparing the related events as well as their final presentation,” said Karina Kottová, director of Jindřich Chalupecký Society.

Finalists of Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2016

Aleš Čermák (1984) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the Studio of Intermedia Work II / Jiří Příhoda School. He has spent one semester at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. He is the founder of Ausdruck Books publishing house. His work is primarily based on text and image in the widest sense of the word as an engaged antipole of lived reality. The artist creates publications, exhibition and dramatic situations dealing with globalized sociopolitical conditions and their relation to the driving force of the individual or the community. He has introduced his work in the Czech Republic and abroad; for instance at the International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts in Liège and at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. He has cooperated on theater projects with Prague’s MeetFactory, Studio ALTA and NoD experimental space. He has already been in the final of JCHA in 2013.

Katarína Hládeková (1984) graduated from the Department of Visual Arts and Intermedia of the Technical University of Košice at the Studio of Graphic Design and Experimental Art of Rudolf Sikora and from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology at the Studio of Painting III of Petr Kvíčala. She started her PhD studies at the Department of Electronic Image of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem and currently continues them at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology. She works primarily in the media of object, installation and photography, the central theme of her work being the model; a monumental spatial realization in a small scale which is often presented in photographic form. The artist explores the sensitive relation between reality and its image, or its archetype, which itself becomes a new reality. She has introduced her work at numerous Czech and Slovak exhibition institutions, lately for instance at the TIC Gallery in Brno, Make Up Gallery in Košice and Fait Gallery in Brno. In 2013, she represented Slovakia at the Henkel Art Award.

Anna Hulačová (1984) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the Studio of Intermedia Work II / Jiří Příhoda School. In 2010, she has been to a study stay at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, South Korea. She is an extraordinary sculptor whose work revives traditional crafts, translating the inspiration found in ancient mythologies, eastern cultures as well as in Czech folk traditions and original Christian symbolism into the language of contemporary art. Her primarily figurative works embody an idiosyncratic aesthetics merging ancient idols, Gothic woodcarving and surface minimalism of graphic design and photography. Hulačová has introduced her work at many renowned Czech exhibition institutions such as the National Gallery in Prague, MeetFactory and Hunt Kastner Artworks. In 2014, the artist has been to a CEAAC residency in Strasbourg where she opens an exhibition of her works in January 2016.

Matyáš Chochola (1986) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the Painting Studio II / Vladimír Skrepl School. He has spent one semester at the studio of Thomas Zipp at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Chochola works primarily in the media of installation and performance. His body of work represents a variedly composed universe whose integral part is constituted by the figure of the artist himself. Chochola experiments with postinternet aesthetics, an unorthodox yet sophisticated combination of the symbols of the present and its ancient roots. Trash aesthetics meets precise glass-making techniques, spilled color meets silk painting, the poetry of shamanism meets a 90s disco. In 2012, Chochola received the Václav Chad Award at the 6th Zlín Youth Salon. He has introduced his work at a number of exhibition institutions in the Czech Republic as well as in Italy and Germany; in the past year, for instance, at the Grimmuseum in Berlin and at SVIT Gallery in Prague.

Johana Střížková (1984) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the studios of Miloš Šejn, Veronika Bromová and Jiří Příhoda. She has spent one semester at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. The works by Střížková, whose focal point lies in performance and video performance as well as in object and photography, have a fine grasp of the corporeality of man, his daily activities and the objects that he manipulates and that surround him. The artist is characterized by a pure, minimalist aesthetics representing the (un)common reality as a fragile symbiosis of animate and inanimate beings. Střížková has introduced her work primarily at Czech independent galleries and institutions such as the Emil Filla Gallery in Ústí nad Labem and the Ferdinand Baumann Gallery in Prague. In 2013, she has been to a FONCA residency in Mexico City.

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