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Hold on to – Let go
Parenting in times of today’s multiple global crises raises many question marks. What can we look up to and which models can we follow or establish in order to raise children with a future, capable of co-creating more sustainable and caring conditions for life, education, relationships, work and fulfilment?
The online talk and screening will offer a glimpse into texts and research materials on diverse modalities of parenting and relations with children that were used in preparation of an international exhibition project titled Beyond Nuclear Family, presented by Jindřich Chalupecký Society curatorial collective in Prague, Berlin and New York. During the talk and the following discussion, two curators will explore some of the often contradictory stands and propositions on parenting and parent-children’s perspectives stemming from feminist theory and fiction, psychological and anthropological literature. They will discuss topics such as (in)secure attachment, (de)privatisation of care or “tribalization” of parenting styles. The talk will include excerpts of moving image works that were part of the Beyond Nuclear Family exhibition.
Karina Kottová is a curator and theoretician of contemporary art based in Prague, Czech Republic. Currently she is a director of the Jindřich Chalupecký Society. Among projects she established and co-established are INI Project, an independent process-oriented project space, the Věra Jirousová Award for art critics, or UMA Audioguide. She is interested in the psychological and emotional impact of current socio-political challenges as well as in feminist theory and the subversive potential of the so-called “feminine” qualities, such as empathy, irrationality or intuition. Since 2010 she has curated over 60 exhibitions, projects and festivals, both in the Czech Republic and internationally - in independent art centers and museums in New York, Washington D.C., Berlin, Helsinki, Diepenheim (NL) or Gdansk (PL). She has worked on large-scale projects and new artwork commissions with prominent artists from diverse backgrounds. In 2019 Display published her monograph "Institution and the Viewer".
Barbora Ciprová is a curator and musician based in Prague. She graduated from the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in Prague and the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno in the studio of Environment. Apart from her independent curatorial projects mainly in regional galleries, she has been working at the Jindřich Chalupecký Society, first as a production manager, then as part of the curatorial collective and as deputy director. In her practice she focuses on the influence of the physical or cultural environment on the inner "space" of a person, whether in the context of art, anthropology or psychology.
Beyond Nuclear Family represents the third chapter in the Jindřich Chalupecký Society’s long-term project Islands: Possibilities of Togetherness. It is also part of the international platform Islands of Kinship: A Collective Manual for Sustainable and Inclusive Art Institutions, co-funded by the European Union.
The event is part of Temporary Gallery’s study group Forms of Kinship. The series of gatherings aims to think collectively about the way we form relations in and with the world, outside of the nuclear family structure. The meetings take place monthly, in person or online. Each session is led by an invited guest, including artists, thinkers, poets, activists and others. The study group is convened by Kris Dittel (independent curator, Medienkunstfellow NRW) and Aneta Rostkowska (CCA Temporary Gallery).
Markéta Magidová, Releasing, 3D CGI animation, 10:46 mins, 2020 (still)
Funding and support
Temporary Gallery receives structural funding by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne and Deltax contemporary, Wirtschafts- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH. Kris Dittel is a 2022 Medienkunstfellow NRW.
The event is part of a larger endeavor called "Islands of Kinship: A Collective Manual for Sustainable and Inclusive Art Institutions”, in which CCA Temporary Gallery works with six international partner institutions: Jindrich Chalupecky Society (Prague), Latvian Center for Contemporary Art (Riga), Frame Contemporary Art Finland (Helsinki), Julius Koller Society (Bratislava), Faculty of things that can't be learned (Skopje) and Stroom den Haag (The Hague). Islands of Kinship is co-funded by the EU Program Creative Europe.