Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová

Opening, May 23, 2021, 7 pm
Exhibition, May 21 – June 25, 2021

“How does time flow? Is the past pushing the future or is the future dragging the past?” Anetta Mona Chişa and Lucia Tkáčová answer their own question with a neither-nor. “Forgotten memories become visions of the future”, say the artists, “while future minds and tomorrow’s hands create their own past.“ They substantiate this inextricable entanglement of what was with what will come in captivating scenarios. The materials used, the processes applied, and the realized forms literally render time tangible.

At the beginning of their collaboration, Tkáčová and Chişa explored the radical transformations taking place in society following 1989, the pivotal year of change for Eastern European countries. They investigated what it means when seemingly certain future scenarios are suddenly replaced by totally different promises—and when they prove to be equally unfeasible on a personal level. More recently, Chişa and Tkáčová have expanded their perspective into pasts long before our civilization and into futures far after our present. They study a world that decidedly does not revolve only around human beings. New entities and species take the stage, functions of art emerge on the horizon, which reside far beyond our current art industry. The collected artifacts seem to herald that the present social order will once be a thing of the past. What the end of this era looks like remains open. Hence, the presented mementos of the future have the potential to still fully unfold.

Anetta Mona Chişa and Lucia Tkáčová have been collaborating since 2000.
They live and work in Prague and Vyhne.
www.chitka.info

 

Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, The Prophecy of Things (Detail), 2017–2018