Guided tour of Markéta Magidová's exhibition (pictured) My sweet inedible planet, February 7, 2023, Kunsthalle, Prague.
Prague – Artist Markéta Magidová confronts the aesthetics of children's drawings and children's perception of the world with rooted prejudices and stereotypes of adults in her work. The topics that the author deals with include gender norms, otherness, according to her, outdated educational systems or the relationship between myths and reality. Her work is presented in a playful and cheerful form in a new exhibition at the Kunsthalle Prague. It is named after the conversation between Magid's little daughters, My sweet inedible planet. Today the author presented it to journalists.
The exhibition will be open to the public from February 9 to May 1. Magidová transforms her daughters' drawings into digital paintings on fabric – in the exhibition, the enlarged children's doodles are stretched on wooden boards and backed with foam, creating the impression of large pillows or something soft. Other drawings are transformed into metal sculptures or animated films. In each of these forms, the originally playful and often randomly created drawings acquire a certain monumentality, time and space.
“It confronts our own reality with imagination. Each zigzag line and asymmetrical limb takes on new properties, deviates from the reality we are used to and allows us to explore and re-evaluate commonly known social narratives and try to look from a different perspective not only at history, culture and social issues, but above all ourselves and the things we take for granted,” said its curator Andra Silap?tereová, who, among other things, deals with the themes of exile and migration together with aspects of identity and belonging.
At Markéta Magidová's exhibition in Prague, visitors next to non-traditional metal sculptures with titles such as Ghost with Twins, Spider Ferdinand, Flower with Fragrant Slime or Peace and Love, and paintings named Talking Egg, Potato, who just got out of bed, Mermaid or Curly House, which has an earthworm, a heart and a turquoise gate inside, will also see short animated films. The artist worked on them as a screenwriter, director, editor or producer.
Her short 3D film Scribbles, in which Magidová transforms children's drawings into three-dimensional characters that enter into an unbalanced dialogue with classical sculptures in the museum, will be screened. Characters from the playful world are gradually intermingled with a serious to elitist environment. According to the curator, this raises questions about the boundaries between art and non-art, about whether some aesthetic codes are better or worse than others.
Markéta Magidová is a visual artist and director. In his work, he explores the boundaries and forms of topics such as children's imagination, gender or social norms, or the relationship between mythology and the present. In the last eight years, she participated in many domestic and international exhibitions, and her films were screened at foreign film festivals, including the world's most important animated film festival in Annecy, France.
Kunsthalle Praha in Prague's Klárov was founded by The Pudil Family Foundation. It opened to the public last February, since then, according to the organizers, it has been visited by 120,000 visitors.