The Idle Oyster in Swamp
Sunday 18 February 2018, at 3 pm
By Adam Vackar and Romana Drdova


Visual artist Adam Vackar takes advantage of his residency at the Boghossian Foundation to develop a performance in collaboration with artist Romana Drdova. Vackar and Drdova have been exploring the notion of the difficulty of communication and exchange between individuals in this century where human body is related to the design of emerging materials, processes and technologies of mass production. They will expand this exploration into the realm of performance composed of several episodes. 

He is developping as well a series of installations in the Villa Empain’s garden during his stay. They examine the notion of post-industrial nature. Vackar intentionally violates natural environement with plastic materials and designs a post-natural environement.


About Adam Vackar
Adam Vackar (b.1979) is based in Prague. He holds an MA from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris and a BA from the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. He has participated in le Pavillon, the artist-in-residence program in Palais de Tokyo. Vackar has presented his work in diverse international group and solo shows in Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou Metz, Palais de Tokyo, Bucharest Triennial, Prague Triennial, City Gallery Prague, National Gallery in Prague, Art Basel – Statements and Film, Cologne Kunstverein, Museum Morsbroich and others. His work is in permanent collections of SMAK, Ghent. Adam Vackar is cofounder of Prague-based collective Hope Recycling Station, which organizes lectures with international artists, curators and philosophers as well as exhibition projects.
In focus of Adam Vackar’s work focused on the production for the mass society as the new matter provided for a new materialism; devastation caused by industrialization; technologies of mass production and distribution; turn of living tissue into a plastic medium and transforming landscapes.


About Romana Drdova
Romana Drdova (b.1987) graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with study stays at Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe and Korean University in Seoul. Her work is formally inspired by product and fashion design and technology with both affirmative and critical approach. Drdova uses the language of industrial materials to manifest her intimate emotions. She investigates the theme of perception and human interaction at the time of a data smog through seemingly pure aesthetics, transparency and use of light. Her work was exhibited at Czech institutions with solo exhibitions at Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, MeetFactory, Karlin Studios and National Gallery in Prague and in group exhibitions in Prague, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Brussels, Vienna and Liège. In 2017 she was nominated for Jindrich Chalupecky’s award for young Czech artists.


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