Loretta Lau: Confession
26. 8. 2020 v 18:00
27. 8.-27. 9. 2020
At the end of summer, Gallery NTK, which you can find in the building of the National library of technology in Prague, presents one woman show of young Hong Kong artist Loretta Lau titled CONFESSION.
Loretta Lau was born in 1985 in Hong Kong. In 2018 she moved to Prague, to study at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Visual Arts international study programme. She already introduced herself to Prague audience by performances in art center DOX or on the piazzeta of National Theatre.
Exhibition CONFESSION, hosted by Gallery NTK, introduces several projects of Loretta Lau, in which she reflects, with specifically poetic and radicaly aestheticised approach, politicaly sensitive topics, from coronavirus crisis, social distancing and geo-political context of this extraordinary affair, through actual Hong Kong protest against consolidation of central state power, to the role of woman-artist in contemporary society. The phenomenon of confession is an associate element of presented performances or installations – either from the side of the author, or from the side of participating audience, the technique of meditation is also often present, as well as the form of expresional dance.
Loretta Lau invited several artistic friend to participate creatively on the documentation of her actions. The closest cooperator is filmmaker Jakub Zajíček, who is periodicaly taking spectacular video-racordings from Loretta’s performances. Other friends are Barry Wan, musical composer, and a group of photographers - Zara Wildmoons, Juan David Cevallos, Hoi Man, Jan Černý.
Central work of the exhibition is Confession Of Virus Isolation Days19 (COVID-19). In this project, author asked 167 people of different professions from different corners of the world to participate in the dialogue using electronic media, to make distanced painted portraits of the persons involved at the same time. Except large-sized colective portrait, Loretta presents 9 hours long recordings of distanced dialogues and also a movie documentary, which was made in cooperation with Jakub Zajíček.
„During the pandemic, police brutality and restriction has been escalating throughout the world, governments across the world are abusing the situation and using the fear of people. Our panic is far more terrifying than the virus itself.“ says Hong Kong artist to explain the large prints series Panic or Politics, which is another project connected to the covid pandemy. In the context of this installation, every visitor of the gallery will obtain special anti-covid color shield (either red or blue), which would determine his reception of the depicted reality.
Continuous theme of Loretta Lau’s work is the political situation in her native Hong Kong. In the project This Violet is Devil she reacts to violet transparents used by Hong Kong police troops on the demonstrations to warn protesting citizens from risk of penalty arising from the spreading of separatist ideas. During dance-performance, Loretta transfers the text of the transparent to her body, using brush and violet color.
Live performance Discourse and sneak prewiev of the movie documentary Confession Of Virus Isolation Days19 (COVID-19) will be also part of the exhibition opening.
Official vernissage of the exhibition CONFESSION will také place on Wednesday 26.8.2020 from 6 pm at Gallery NTK. Entry is free.
Cooperating filmmaker: Jakub Zajíček
Music: Barry Wan
Photography: Zara Wildmoons, Juan David Cevallos, Hoi Man, Jan Černý
3D presentation of the exhibiton at Matterport.org
The Best from the Architecture of 60s and 70s in Czech Republic
11. 10.-15. 11. 2020
The exhibition is a result of long-time project of National Heritage Institute, focused to values of modern architecture of 60s and 70s of 20th century, as part of national and cultura identity of Czech Republic. It is describing beauty and extraordinality both of the well known and also of the neglected or forgoten creative features of the time. The distance of more than fifty years from the origin of these works provides appropriate space for considering and recording of values and reasons, why it should remain part of our urban or natural landscape and why should some of them would be even protected.
NPÚ (National Heritage Institute)