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Klára Hosnedlová
Ponytail Parlour
Nová scéna – Prague National Theatre
23-30 August 2018

 

Klára Hosnedlová’s Ponytail Parlour is an installation taking place at the New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague.
 
The New Stage – or Nová scéna as the locals call it – is the City experimental theatre, hosted in an iconic modernist building. Since its construction, it has been home of the City’s National Theatre and the Laterna Magika – the world’s first multimedia theatre, and has been a playground for avant-guard directors and performative practices. Transforming the cloakroom, a space of cross-dressing and identity exchange, into a performative space, Hosnedlová imagines a feminine retreat, a parlour, a place of sensitive dialogue populated by extra-ordinary characters.
 
Precious motives and complex patterns decorate walls and furniture to create a charged and unique environment where time seems to slow down. A selection of costumes from the theatre’s archive, are presented in a group, softly constructed garments unveiling complex narratives and historical profiles. Juliette, Eva, Elektra, Angelica – their identity impregnated in each costume, open the transitional space of the cloakroom into a space of pure potential; a potential for acute catharsis and transformation.

 

text by Attilia Fattori Franchino

 

The exhibition will be open to the public at Nová Scena from 23-30 August, daily from 1-7pm
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Eva Kmentová: Žena na slunci | Woman in the Sun
Eva Koťátková: Žena v bedně | Woman in a Box
curated by: Edith Jeřábková
exhibition architect: Dominik Lang
22. 9.- 16. 11. 2018
 

Through selected shared motifs such as a woman, the sun, a shrub, ribs, and a box, the exhibitions of Eva Kmentová and Eva Koťátková, in this jointly conceived project, aim to open an inter-generational reflection about feminism and the body, a re-connection of natural and human forces, the crisis of a laboratory and institutionally shaped world, and the importance of personal testimony.