Good afternoon… Some exciting news on Tate Modern’s Live Programme!
On Saturday 3 September, we are presenting a new commission by the Czech artist Kateřina Šedá, in and around Tate Modern. This participatory/action-based project involves bringing 80 residents from a very small Czech village Bedrichovice to London, to be staged in various locations near Tate Modern. The project is based on a text written by Šedá describing how the busy everyday lives of the village inhabitants almost blinds them to one another – and that actually, the only time they really ‘see’ one another, is when they leave the village and bump into one another in a different place - hence her wish to bring the village (Bedrichovice) to the city (London).
By attempting to connect two very disparate places, socially and physically, Šedá aims to explore the conventions and behaviour that both unifies and divides them, whilst also creating real links between each place.
Šedá’s work involves the construction of situations as social experiments for people to engage in. Referring to her projects as games, she is interested in the notions of social togetherness, new forms of communication and makes us re-consider our ‘normal’ social habits.
The artist was born in 1977 in Brno, Czech Republic. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and the School of Applied Arts in Brno. You may be familiar with her work as Šedá has had recent solo-shows at Cubitt Gallery, London, Kunstlerhaus Bremen and Museums Sheffield. She also exhibited widely in several group exhibitions, including this year’s Venice Biennale, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels and Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2011). See examples of her work
Through this blog, we’ll share with you the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of the process leading up to the event. We are very excited about this new project – and look forward to hearing your comments and seeing you on Saturday 3 September. Please do post your messages on the Tate blog below.
Capucine and Sandra