Ascension Mark I
Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
Ascension Mark I, 2017
Photo: Takeshi Hirabayashi
In a space that is vividly painted light blue, the floor is covered with a carpet that is still half rolled up, making it look like someone's room. The faces of the man and woman on the wall are replaced by an electric shaver and an iron respectively, and this deformed physiognomy makes them look funnily grotesque. Through these figures with familiar household appliances instead of faces, the artist exposes the sense of weirdness that is latent in modern family life, while the melting, deformed body shapes could at once be taken for those of an unknown human species from the future or from some other planet.
Hulacova depicts in her works sceneries between utopian and dystopian, as resulting from the transformations that the evolution of technology causes in the human community and ecosystem. By incorporating elements of Czech (her home country) tradition, ancient myth, Eastern philosophy, science fiction, and various other sources of inspiration, she has been creating works that project a truly unique view of the world.
- Born 1984 in Sušice, Czechoslovakia
- Based in Prague, the Czech Republic
Anna Hulačová's expressive style combines the imaginative power of science fiction with ancient mythology, oriental thought, and traditional Czech culture and art. Her sculptures resemble extraterrestrial creations, in which organic and inorganic forms are mixed together, from living creatures to household electrical appliances. While referring to the art of the socialist era, in which healthy and beautiful bodies symbolized an ideal society, this seems to predict a future in which technological progress brings about radical social and ecological changes. Hulačová's sculptures, combining artificial materials such as cement and aluminum with natural materials such as honeycombs and fresh flowers--occupying a space between organic and inorganic, historical and futuristic, cruel and caring--depict a world that could be understood as both utopian and dystopian.
Selected Works & Awards
|2018||Open Space #3 Anna Hulačová (solo), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France|
|2018||Baltic Triennal 13, Give up the Ghost, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania|
|2018||Another Banana Day for the Perfect Fish, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France|
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