Valentýna Janů: Who Looks Out of a Window
Who Looks Out of the Window
A foreword by Valentinas Klimašauskas
Gardening starts within. We are looking
out of the window until it becomes interior.
Orchard as a method. Cultivating inside
out, inside of anything. Windows inside a
room. Doors inside us. A horizon as a part
of the interior design, with a rainbow. Design
as in desire, involuntary, abrupt. Fruits are
sweet so you distribute seeds. And seeds?
What happens to a social body
when it is not allowed to be social?
Think of women photographers
who took pictures of their interiors
or from their windows just because
they did not feel safe on the streets.
We created works and went to many
openings and vernissages looking out
of the window. Windows create new
beginnings, but also create distances,
openings and cuts, unlatching inside us,
transforming us inside out, until there
is no more binary, of inside or outside,
no interior or exterior, no questions or answers,
no inclusion or exclusion, no mattering or
not-mattering, no duality of a wave or
a particle of human or nature of
human or alien of human or robotic.
Thinking flowers? A table became a pet.
Subversive rainbows in shower. Flowers thinking
of gardens as shelters against domestic abuse.
Vases as vassals of domesticity. Or as vessels
of imagination, like windows. Who does not like
windows? Everyone looks out of the window.
We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who helped us to bring this exhibition to live and especially to Štěpán Marko, Louis Traore, Nela Klajbanová, Adam Antoš, Magdaléna Urgelová, Antonín Jirát and Beata Alexová.
ART BRUSSELS WEEK 2021
This exhibition is part of Art Brussels Week 2021 that takes place physically across Brussels and worldwide 3 – 6 June 2021 and online at Artsy 1 – 14 June 2021.
This exhibition has been kindly supported by the Ministry of Culture Czech Republic Arts Grant, the Culture Fund of Czech Republic Arts Grant, the Prague City Hall’s Cultural and Arts Grant and Key Promotion.
- 25 May - 10 July 2021