28.01.2016 - 08.05.2016Jana Kasalová
Jana Kasalová (born in 1974 in Turnov) is an artist from this region, whose significance long exceeded its borders. Her work includes drawing, digital prints and video used in a conceptual way. In recent years the artist has been interested in the topic of towns, the urbanism of large cities and also lost places on maps, mostly of the Sudetenland. She focuses on names on maps as terms that are easily interchangeable, destructible and at the same time carriers of a long memory. Language and writing are an important part of this experiment. In some drawings she works with printed maps, moving or removing the existing signs, and processes sections of real or lost human settlements, in particular in the area of the Sudetenland. For the Liberec exhibition, she has prepared a special project based on her previous work. Her current work reflects her enthusiasm for places, memory and traveling, connected with her long-term interest in maps and cartography, which stems from her frequent moving and stays abroad. Her project for the Liberec gallery is her imaginary return to the places of her origin. The artist will attempt to reveal the subtle memory of a place in the layers of time.
Jana Kasalová studied painting with Prof. Jiří Načeradský at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno, and as a postgraduate student at Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Cuence. She has lived and worked in London, Paris and New York. She exhibits solo at home and abroad. Her work is represented in many public and private collections in Europe and the USA. Her work includes drawings, paintings, audio-visual installations, videoart and photography. In her work she deals with interpretation of landscape and cartography, the definition of the body and the human footprint on the landscape, and with the theme of an animal. Her major theme is discovery as a process, searching for human orientation in real space and time.
The exhibition takes place with the support of the Historical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Municipal Forests Liberec.
A catalogue with text by Radek Wohlmuth will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.