DEAD EXHIBITION: An almost narrative exhibition
The idea for this exhibition came from a short anonymous French text. The subtitle of the exhibition “An almost narrative exhibition” was chosen because the works on display do not directly illustrate the text or tell its story. They are a supplement to its content.
There is no title to the text but “Sortilège” (“Spell”) could have been a heading for it. The title of Sebag’s painting. This text avoids images as those that can be found in novels. It rather describes cold facts, but it is filled with details and revelations. And each fragment of the text has evoked a specific work. This is how the exhibition was conceived.
DB has been in prison. We understand this only when the author points on the “tear” that he sees as DB removes his glasses. He doesn’t write a word about it. Yet, it is a very significant tattoo for some people who went to prison. The collage by Franz Mon, on which we see a gun crossing the face of a smiling woman, represents DB well.
Knizak’s “Killed Book” comes as a reference to DB’s and anonymous author’s dyslexia and illiteracy. The book is cut and torn, reading it would be difficult and comprehension of the text incomplete, if accessible at all.
This is how the text leads to the last phrase, that catches a reader by surprise. Life is this “something like” by Jiri Valoch.