Beyond Nuclear Family – pop-up

Beyond Nuclear Family – pop-up

Jindřich Chalupecký Society would like to invite you to the Beyond Nuclear Family exhibition and performance pop-up on June 27 and 28.
The program is based on the upcoming eponymous exhibition which was to be held in New York in May but was postponed due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, we have decided to host an event for the Czech public in the form of a pop-up exhibition featuring the works in progress along with a participative program including creative activities for families with children and a public debate on themes brought by the current pandemic situation and its impact on human coexistence. The exhibition will present brand new commissions created by Eva Koťátková, Marie Lukáčová, Markéta Magidová, Vojtěch Rada, Jirka Skála and Martina Smutná.
The Beyond Nuclear Family project aims to explore the “nuclear family” model (father, mother, children) and suggest a mosaic of its possible alternatives in five chapters addressing diverse themes. It is a third exhibition within the long-term exhibition and discursive series Islands: Possibilities of Togetherness.

Saturday, June 27, FCCA
• 2 – 2:45 pm
Program launch, guided tour
• 2 – 4 pm
Kids Club with Martina Smutná
Presentation of the work by Vojtěch Rada (guided PC game)
• 3 pm
Public reading with Jirka Skála
• 4 pm
Parade to Bramborárna, performance by Lenka Klodová at Stromovka Park

Saturday, June 27, Bramborárna

• 10 am – 8 pm
Open installation featuring videos by Marie Lukáčová, Markéta Magidová, Binelde Hyrcan, Mary Maggic and Jessica L. E. Taylor
• 5:30 pm
Parade arrival to Bramborárna, catering, styling: Marie Lukáčová
• 8 pm
Afterparty at AVU Club, U Akademie 4, Prague 7

Sunday, June 28, FCCA

• 1 – 7 pm
Kids Club
• 1 – 5 pm
Daydreaming Records and Emotional Jackets – Workshop for parents and children with artist Eva Koťátková
Performance by Minh Thang Pham and his family
• 2 pm
Reading of feminist sci-fi and fantasy literature with Karina Kottová
• 5 pm
Round Table: Family after Quarantine
• 7 pm
Cinema – Screening of Braguino by Clément Cogitore

Sunday, June 28, Bramborárna

• 10 am – 8 pm
Open installation featuring videos by Marie Lukáčová, Markéta Magidová, Binelde Hyrcan, Mary Maggic and Jessica L. E. Taylor

Beyond Nuclear Family is another project from the ongoing program line Islands: Possibilities of Togetherness. This stands for a a long-term collaborative  research, exhibition and discursive  project initiated by Jindřich Chalupecký Society and realized in cooperation with diverse international partner organizations and personalities. The project begun in January 2019 with the exhibition (Dis)connection in Kunstvereniging Diepenheim in the Netherlands, linked to a symposium and performative program, and continues in June 2019 by the exhibition Interconnection: On Bodies of Water in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the following years, Islands shall evolve through subsequent “chapters“ which might take the shape of exhibitions, performative events, gatherings, workshops and other modes of working with contemporary art. 

The notion of an abandoned island serves as an imaginary platform for projecting both utopian and dystopian visions and scenarios for the future pictured by “escapists” from contemporary global crises. The island here needn’t be a  physical (lost) paradise, and doesn’t even have  to be far ashore. It is rather a  metaphor for our exploration of the joint agendas and disparities of past, present and imagined communities, communal practices and forms of “togetherness” which might inspire actual action and alternative  forms of sustainable collaboration and coexistence. The project will also shed some light on the uncomfortable “dark side” of the island, exploring forms of separatism, elitism, alienation and delimitation from the rest of the world. Through Islands, the curatorial team of JCHS, together with otherparticipating curators and collaborators, aims to research related artistic and theoretical positions and inspire creation of new artworks, texts, strategies and situations dealing with similar themes, therefore somewhat mapping the emotional state of a society for which the vision of escape to an abandoned island might sound like a tempting solution to overly complex problems.