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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.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

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.

 

EXHIBITION PARTNERS

 

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.