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Dominik Lang (born 1980, Prague) is a sculptor who, from the very beginning of his praxis, reflects on the ways artworks are presented, considering the history of the exhibited work, the social, political and economic context that surrounds it as well as the architecture to which it is situated. Lang understands exhibition spaces not to be mere (mute) coulisses, but elements that play active role in the perception of an artwork and formulation of its meaning. He often reveals the hidden apparatuses of artistic production as well as that of the functioning of institutions trying to find new forms of institutional critique (an example can be several large-scale realizations reacting to the situation of the National Gallery in Prague, its history with a big fire as well as the (non)communication and productivity of its employees). He often works as an architect of exhibitions in which he combines his artistic praxis with that of an architect, creating installations or spatial arrangements that not only present exhibited works but offer a new context in which they can be read.
In 2011 Dominik Lang represented Czech Republic at the Venice Biennale, turning the Czechoslovak pavilion into his Sleeping City installation. For Sleeping City Lang entered into dialogue with the works of his late father, sculptor Jiří Lang, to comment on the ways art works are getting lost, forgotten, neglected or re-discovered and des/interpreted and asks: what are the forces that shape history and cause what gets in? This installation also started his ongoing series of interventions and alterations of figurative sculptures of other authors. Some of them Lang enlarged and allowed visitors to walk through their interior, others cuts into pieces in regard to compose them newly, change their pose and make them move-stand up from the pedestal, move around the room etc.