Barbora Kleinhamplová: Sickness Report | lecture performance
Barbora Kleinhamplová: Sickness Report
14/10/2022 (Friday) 7 pm.
venue: Trafó Gallery
“Some of us – maybe most of us – have had the experience of having our emotions sometimes perceived by someone (maybe even ourselves) as inappropriate, incomprehensible, over the edge, just too much. Especially if those emotions are the ones that are perceived as preventing us from being productive or functioning at 100%. However, it's still not obvious to connect our feelings to broader systemic issues.
How would we feel in a society based on non-growth instead of growth and consumption? How would we feel if we did not have to be permanently worried about multiple ongoing crises? How would we feel if we grew up in functional communities where childcare and housework were not solely the responsibility of the nuclear family? How would we feel if we were more connected to each other and to other species on Earth?
The reality in which we live, disconnected from ourselves and our environment, is traumatic, and the emotions we experience are expressions of these systemic problems, yet we often blame individuals "with whom something is wrong" for the responsibility.
Do you feel sick? You might be suffering from capitalism.”
Barbora Kleinhamplová (1984, CZ) is living and working in Prague. Kleinhamplová employs a performative dimension in her work which is closely related to the aspects of human existence in the context of current political-economical structures. She comments on different layers of society, posing questions as to what society is, how it works, and what its constitutive elements, illnesses, emotions and future are. Her artworks reflect human group behavior, giving a psychological critique of social spaces while confronting traditional spaces.
Kleinhamplová’s work addresses the relationship between contemporary political and economic institutions and the diverse public they serve. She often collaborates with people from different disciplines and professions and uses existing forms of group interaction such as therapy and coaching sessions with actors and non-actors. Presented as videos and installations, these semi-staged situations are a means to examine and test what constitutes a functioning society, and what the role of an individual is within its systems.
After receiving her MA Diploma at Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), than at Academy of Fine Arts (AVU) in Prague, she started her PhD studies at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (UMPRUM) in Prague. Her works have been exhibited widely in the Czech Republic as well as internationally – including SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2018) the Jakarta Biennale (2017),11th Gwangju Biennale (2016), The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York (2016), New Museum, New York (2014), Astrup Farnley Museet, Oslo (2014), Tenderpixel, London (2019), Budapest Gallery (2020), Futura Gallery, Prague (2021). She received a scholarship within the framework of the residency program of MMCA, Seoul, South Korea in 2015, Gasworks, London in 2016 and Residency Unlimited in 2017. In 2015 she received the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. Barbora Kleinhamplová is a co-founder of the art institution Institute of Anxiety.
The lecture is part of the event series entitled Support Structures curated by Flóra Gadó and Judit Szalipszki related to the first two, thematically interrelated exhibitions of the 2022/23 season exploring strategies and coping mechanisms associated with different forms of care. Ranging from self-care to collective healing processes, the series not only reflects on the paradigm shift in the fields of illness, healing and care, which has become even more relevant since the Covid19 pandemic, but also seeks to present possible alternatives to alleviate the crisis.