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‘ My name is Red Herring ‘

Jakub Jansa

Curated by Jiří Ptáček

Fotograf Gallery, Prague

20. 3. – 14. 4. 2018

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Jakub Jansa, SCANDALE PROJECT, artist, contemporary artist, emerging artist, art installation, visual art, photography, photographer, art exhibition, exhibition view, creation, artist, contemporary art, Interview, groupshow, group show, art scandal project, scandaleproject,
Jakub Jansa, “Ruin the dinner party”, detail, Fotograf Gallery, Prague

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The  raw-series,  Club  of  Opportunities,  has  entered  its  schizophrenic  phase.  While  hope

springs  in  thin,  wind-blown  layers  of  sand  in  a  parallel  episode  “April  Showers  Bring  May

Flowers”  shown  at  Prague’s  GAMU  (The  Gallery  of  the  Academy  of  Performing  Arts),  at  “My

Name  is  Red  Herring”  root  vegetables  withdraw  themselves  deep  down  into  the  native

underground,  so  that  a  vision  of  political  goals  and  tactics  can  sprout  from  the  gooey,  blind

darkness.  Glimmers  of  hope  therein  are  substituted  with  a  promise  of  power;  however,  the

condition  for  its  fulfilment  is  of  course  acceptance  of  unscrupulous  argumentative  methods.

By  taking  on  the  attribute  of  series  story-telling,  Jansa  sets  a  trap  (for  himself?)  in  the  form

of  unexpected  continuity  and  internal  consistency.  Similar  to  this,  there’s  the  emphasis  on  a

(neo-  or  quasi-)  mythological  aspect  of  the  written  characters  and  their  storylines.  His

allusion  to  the  temple  narthex  with  minimalist  furniture  that  reminds  one  of  store  shelves,

but  which  also  breathes  a  rhythm  of  colored  lights,  intensifies  an  atmosphere  that

approximates  a  business-spiritual  transaction,  in  which  devilish  demand  accommodates  a

supply  of  skills  that  allow  us  to  live  through  at  least  a  small  portion  of  life  without  a  feeling

of  humiliation.  But  what  if  this  is  all  just  a  clown-show.  The  series  is  a  series  only  thanks  to

the  transplanting  of  plants  which,  of  course,  have  the  gift  of  being  able  to  take  root  in  any

conditions.  Myth  is  an  optional  game  whose  rules  can  be  changed  as  the  moment  requires.

Skills  are  just  crutches  for  all  the  legless  and  armless  who  cannot  submit  an  alternative  to

force-based  solutions  to  “social  issues.”  Movement  in  ambivalent  escapism  and  untrustworthiness  is,

however,  grounds  for  asking  who  exactly  is  Red Herring ?

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