Roy Da Prince at Futura, Prague

VIKTOR TIMOFEEV, As Below So Above, 2016
digital prints on PVC

VIKTOR TIMOFEEV, As Below So Above, 2016
digital prints on PVC

IRINA LOTAREVICH, Untitled, 2016
steel knife pattern plates

AGNIESZKA GRODZINSKA, Untitled (from the series Foreshadow Fences), 2013
3 metal objects painted black

KERNEL, Torrent, 2016
discarded plastic cable jackets, lever straps, electrical tape

IRINA LOTAREVICH, St.Gallen Confessional, 2016
wood, stain, leather, thread, copper wire

SHANTA RAO, Untitled (2015-2016)
mixed media on steel

PEDRO WIRZ, An Egg For An Eye, 2016
balloons, fabric, latex, soil

PEDRO WIRZ, An Egg For An Eye (detail), 2016
balloons, fabric, latex, soil

QUENTIN EUVERTE, installation view

QUENTIN EUVERTE, Pink Paradise Never Dies, 2016
aluminium box, lithium grease, glass, electric and electronic system, mixed media

AGNIESZKA GRODZINSKA, Hard Light in the Light Heat series, 2013-2016
xerographic and print on paper

all images courtesy of the artists and Futura, Prague

Roy Da Prince is a group exhibition that explores the themes of confinement, regimentation, and oppression through sculptures, videos and installations. This show is named after a 24-year-old rapper also known as ROY DA PRINCE who was sentenced last year to 100 years of prison term in connection to a double shooting in 2014.

The exhibition takes place in the basement of the art centre Futura— located in a former industry building in Prague’s Smíchov district — imbuing the show with a temporal and spatial confinement. Indeed the space is a labyrinth-like cellar, where narrow passages are connected with minimal metal stairs to different rooms recalling cells.

This specific context implicates physical processes of vision and movement, creating an environment that feels like both prison and stage. While the general impression of the exhibition is a bleak, rather hopeless outlook, the works themselves thanks to their elaborated craftsmanship and restrained sense of colour offer a quiet yet visceral power to this claustrophobic atmosphere.

Roy Da Prince with QUENTIN EUVERTE, AGNIESZKA GRODZINSKA, KERNEL, IRINA LOTAREVICH, LUCIA ELENA PRUSA, SHANTA RAO, VIKTOR TIMOFEEV, ANDREW NORMAN WILSON and PEDRO WIRZ is on view at Futura, Prague until February 19, 2017.



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