Artists: Guy Ben-Ner, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Ettore Favini, Petra Feriancová, Aaron Gilbert, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Moira Ricci, Eva Seufert, Irgin Sena, Jiří Skála, Jiří Thýn, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Nico Vascellari, Bryan Zanisnik

Curator: Marco Antonini


From 05/06/2012 to 26/08/2012


In a 1963 unsigned introduction to the book, a writer usually identified as Italo Calvino defines family as something mostly made of “voices, intertwining over the table during dinner or lunch, scoldings, jokes, disjointed gags, sentences that we hear over and over again, at every given occasion.” In time, this ritual lingo becomes a real language, only clear to those who practice it daily: the family members. This, to Calvino, is the mysterious “something” that characterizes and bonds together the entity we call family. In Ginzburg’s novel this secret lexicon is projected over a vast repertoire of quirky and often neurotically ritualistic gestures, images and allusions, describing her family nest as a totalizing environment.

In recent times, artists have sublimated a generational uneasiness in forming conventional family bonds by creating works that explore, deconstruct and problematize their own idea of family. Redescovering permanence and commitment in family relationships that range from traditionally orthodox to totally deconstructed and impromptu, the works in this exhibition speak of an increasing fascination with family structures and rituals. Resonating with the humor and sentimental honesty of Ginzburg’s Lexicon, they are haunted by a sincere desire for meaningful relationships, intimate exchanges and familiar identification. The artists’ strategies vary according to personality and circumstances, ranging from analytical detachment to over-identification to
playful, semi-serious exploration.
Family Talk presents a selection of visually and conceptually arresting artworks, locating family somewhere between a safe harbor, a quasi-sacred hyper reality, an informal, affinity-based community… often, family members (or elements culled from the familiar context) become artistic material, a set of variables for the artists to work with. Although belonging to different generations and individually preoccupied with a remarkably heterogeneous set of themes and
problems, all selected artists share an interest in the system of signs and codes at the foundation of an extended and permeable notion of family: a self-determined idea as open to criticism as to constructive reinvention.

JIŘÍ SURŮVKA: Samostatná výstava 09/12/2016 19/02/2017 JIŘÍ SURŮVKA: Samostatná výstava ROY DA PRINCE 09/12/2016 19/02/2017 ROY DA PRINCE IEVA KRAULE, KASPARS GROSHEVS: Dancing Water 09/12/2016 19/02/2017 IEVA KRAULE, KASPARS GROSHEVS: Dancing Water AUTO ITALIA: SHELL CORPORATION (prezentace / presentation) 01/11/2016 AUTO ITALIA: SHELL CORPORATION (prezentace / presentation) MARTIN ZET: | 24/09/2016 27/11/2016 MARTIN ZET: | MAGICIAN'S RIGHT HAND 24/09/2016 27/11/2016 MAGICIAN'S RIGHT HAND Azar Alsharif (NO/IR) / Diogo Evangelista (PT) / Anna Franceschini (IT) / Matyáš Chochola (CZ) /Henning Lundkvist (SE) / Nuno da Luz (PT) / Ana Manso (PT) / Nikolai Nekh (RUS) André Romão (PT)/ Iza Tarasewicz (PL) MORE THAN LOVERS, MORE THAN FRIENDS 21/06/2016 11/09/2016 MORE THAN LOVERS, MORE THAN FRIENDS Maxime Boidy + Pierre Paulin + Tan Lin; Kasper Bosmans + Marthe Ramm Fortun, Jan Brož + Barbora Kleinhamplová, ​Elaine Cameron-Weir + Carlos Reyes + Ben Schumacher, Andrew Dorsey, Sonja Engelhardt + Thom Kubli, Jason Hendrik Hansma + Vivian Sky Rehberg, Huang Xiaoli + Li Jinghu + Li Yueyang + Yang Zi + Zhang Xiyuan, K.r.m. Mooney, Parallel Practice; Augustas Serapinas; Allison Somers, Nicholas Aung Sung ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator 21/06/2016 11/09/2016 ROBERT ŠALANDA: Passive perpetrator JIMENA MENDOZA: The Notion of Distance (THREAT) 16/04/2016 05/06/2016 JIMENA MENDOZA: The Notion of Distance (THREAT) THOMAS JEPPE: Neo-Lad 16/04/2016 05/06/2016 THOMAS JEPPE: Neo-Lad KASIA FUDAKOWSKI: Meat in Window, Worried by a Wasp 16/04/2016 05/06/2016 KASIA FUDAKOWSKI: Meat in Window, Worried by a Wasp NEOLASTOSCOPE 26/01/2016 27/03/2016 NEOLASTOSCOPE Matthijs Munnik ANNA DAUČÍKOVÁ 26/01/2016 27/03/2016 ANNA DAUČÍKOVÁ INTERMARIUM 26/01/2016 27/03/2016 INTERMARIUM Chto delat, Grupa Azorro, IRWIN, Pavla Malinova, Svätopluk Mikyta, Rafani, Little Warsaw + film Walser by Zbigniew Libera DEBTS EROTIC REVIEW SINAI 13/10/2015 03/01/2016 DEBTS EROTIC REVIEW SINAI Than Hussein Clark