Introducing Valentýna Janů: I’m sry

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Date : 24.10.2018 - 3.2.2019
Place: Trade Fair Palace

Introducing Valentýna Janů: I’m sry
Featuring music by dné

Introduced by Adam Budak 

Valentýna Janů finds inspiration outside the visual arts: mainly in literature, pop music and, especially, in a social and cultural environment of daily life. While oscillating between physical objects and textual narratives, a situation becomes a keyword for Janů’s work; performative act dominates her interdisciplinary vocabulary. Words turn sculptural while texts become composi­tions within the formal assemblage of speech and writing.

I’m sry is Valentýna Janů’s per‑version of a domestic phantasma­goria of delusional world surrendered to a terrorism of apologyand regret. The artist brings the viewer into space which forces you to slow down and apologize for all what you’ve done wrong. The intimate situation is a commentary and an antidote to a never‑ending list of daily remorses, both conscious and unconscious. Objects and images are in dialogue with a soothing soundtrackby Czech musician dné (Ondřej Holý).

Janů transforms the somehow shrunk space of a former PresidentialLounge into an imaginary chamber of domestic cliché. Teen spirit sets a mode for a repertoire of everyday frustrations and dramas, deconstructed into a spatial hysteria of a juvenile phantasy. Flatness is a world of a comic strip; superficial diagnosis of a reality becoming a standard perception of an erratic world we happen to be stranded in. Surface wraps us in like a fancy fabric of a seasonal fashion; vacuum of ambiance suffocates desire. We are apologeticskin of an overgrown guilt. The deepest is the skin. Little girlain’t no savior. Her plastic island apology is a travesty of dated therapies and dreams; a membrane of injured senses with nohope for recovery. I’m sry, what’s your name? Excess contradicts the thought’s slow pace. I’m sry, a figure of speech reloaded?We are trapped in a process of re‑writing our own self‑apology;our ultimate therapy. Apology as a routine? Apology as a cathar­sis? Apology as a sanctuary of a blame? Plain Superficiality is thecharacter of a speech, echoes Deleuze after Carroll. If you only spoke when you were spoken to, and the other person always waited for you to begin, you see nobody would ever say anything…, Alice utters on the threshold of a speech, hopelessly. In fact,Janů doesn’t give a damn about the logic of sense. Her protagonist –the artist’s para‑doxa – certainly does. Nothing is more fragile than the surface, her mantra.

Valentýna Janů (born 1994 in Prague) began studying master program at the Academy of Fine Arts (Studio of Intermedia Work II run by Dušan Zahoranský & Pavla Sceranková) last year, after having graduated from the Department of Photography at the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Amongst her recent shows are Salty Mascara at Fait Gallery, Brno, and Is Your Blue The SameAs Mine at Prague City Gallery (both 2018).


Adam Budak

Curator at Large

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