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Adam Vackar [Videonale.13]

*1979, in Prag CZE, lives and works in Prag CZE
Studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Prag CZE and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris FRA

Exhibitions [selection]:

2013 Mixed Feelings, Gandy gallery, Bratislava SVK [S] 

         Rhythm in it. On rhythm in contemporary art, Aargauer Kusthaus, Aarau SUI 

         How to tell a story, Depo, Istanbul TUR 

         Echo (a project with Zachary Fabry), Czech Center, New York USA [S] 

2012 Art Basel - Art Statements + Art Film: Basel SUI 

         Night on Earth, OG2 / Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne GER [S] 

         Ça & là, Curated by Claude Closky, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris FRA 

         Glissement, Le Dojo, Nice FRA [S] 

2011 Synesthesia, GASK, Kutna Hora CZE [S] 

         28th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel GER


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Improvement, 2009, 5 min., sound, colour [VIDEONALE.13]

A long line of people is waiting in a large warehouse setting for what appears to be a casting call. The video sequences alternate between wide, panoramic shots of a warehouse interior filled with typical backstage film paraphernalia: stage lights, make-up stands, camera equipment and close-up scenes of actors going through a set of metamorphosing procedures: new make-up, hairstyle and costume are supposed to transform them into different characters. Yet what is the role they are preparing to play? The people in the video do not look like professional actors, and after their transformation they look nothing like a coherent set of film characters. Borrowing from conventional film-making vocabulary, Vackar brings together a number of homeless people who undergo a set of transformative procedures turning them into ‘normal’ people. After their changeover is completed, Vackar's actors remain motionless under the spotlights, modeling their ‘normality’. However, their new looks seem to be insipid and unimaginative compared to their pre-transformation appearance. Have they really been improved? Who has the power to establish the hierarchy of tastes and decide what constitutes the aesthetic norm – and what deviates from it?

Olena Chervonik

Adam Vackar [ Videonale.13 ]