Alžběta Bačíková is part of this prestigious programme with a video-installation on the absence of hearing which can become an imaginary plenitude.
An original exhibition that explores the relationship between contemporary artists and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. A celebration in the context of Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU and the 250 years since Beethoven's birth is also an opportunity to bring together artists who refer to the giant of classical music in an unexpected way.
The artwork :
In DJ, shot in a dark nightclub, Mac Henzel performs excerpts from his autobiography Fuchsia, reflecting on his passage from Prague to London. Mac, whose identity is defined by belonging to two minorities - the deaf and the gay - is trying to find a job, love and a meaningful life in which his creativity and talent can flourish. As Czech Sign Language is his mother tongue, the fact that he moved to a foreign country meant that he was immediately confronted with situations in which understanding proved to be really complicated. Mac's story gives us an idea of how he manages to move around in a world where sound is important for a correct understanding of reality, but also in a world where imagination can sometimes offer us other perspectives that can be more joyful. He remembers emotionally charged situations, such as hanging out with other deaf friends dancing at a party, or perceiving the sound of the sea.
The artist :
Born in 1988, Alžběta Bačíková is a video artist, graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno, Czech Republic. She focuses on the medium of video, both in installations and in theoretical research. She has been artist-in-residence at the prestigious Egon Schiele Centre (Český Krumlov, Czech Republic) or at Art in General in New York/Vienna. She is editor-in-chief of the Czech Art Platform and was the winner of the Jindřich Chalupecký Prize for Young Artists in 2018.
As part of : HOTEL BEETHOVEN
HOTEL BEETHOVEN takes us back in time with music, on a journey of discovery of different eras and ideas: from popular culture to conceptual art. From 1770 to 2020. An exhibition that also features manuscripts and instruments as well as works by artists such as Antoine Bourdelle, Andy Warhol, Katie Paterson and John Baldessari. We invite you to drop off your luggage and take a break. This is an opportunity to discover artists and personalities, but also works of art and ideas from all over the world whose source of inspiration is this universal icon. Welcome to HOTEL BEETHOVEN.
When: from 12 October 2020 to 17 January 2021
Where: BOZAR, rue Ravenstein 23, Bruxelles 1000
More information : https://www.bozar.be/en/activities/163186-hotel-beethoven
Photo: DJ documentaire
Illustration: web d'archives de la société Jindřich Chalupecký