performative lecture

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Jana Kapelová

July 12, 2018 at 5pm, Beskydská 12, Bratislava

The event will be conducted in Slovak.

Jana Kapelová is visual artist who also works as a curator and cultural activist. She focuses on socially engaging topics and deconstructs the conditions of art and cultural production. She specifically works with such themes as work and precarization, leisure time and self-fulfillment, impact of the social and cultural environment and upbringing and education. She was a member of the initiative Dvadsať rokov od nežnej neprebehlo (Twenty Years After Velvet Revolution Did Not Happen). She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Currently she is the director of the Medium Gallery at AFAD in Bratislava. She exhibits both at home and abroad. In 2014 she won the Oskar Čepan Award.

ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit.

This project has been supported using public funds provided by Slovak Arts Council.

Jana Kapelová’s performative lecture entitled KZP which in internet slang means konečne zase piatok (similar to the English TGIF – Thank God It’s Friday) or, depending on context, k***a znova pondelok (in English F… It’s Monday Again), examines the relation between upbringing, learning the work ethic and adapting to the hierarchical structure of society. She asks questions regarding the extent of the negative elements of upbringing and the educational system that are imprinted in our personalities and their impact on our attitudes and decision-making in adulthood. Why do we perform work that we do not enjoy? How do we handle our leisure time? Why do we submit to authorities? Based on what do we establish priorities and where did we leave our critical thinking?

Jana Kapelová works with various sources in her performative lecture – she combines and puts into mutual relations materials from specialized literature on upbringing and cognitive sciences, textbooks and literature for children and examples from popular culture such as internet communication, memes and popular films. She complements these with her own observations and findings from her individual research. She particularly focuses on the working conditions and work ethic of artists and cultural workers and the perception of work in the world of art.

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