Delfina Foundation

Michal Novotny

London: 11/01/16 — 21/02/16

Michal Novotný (Czech Republic) is a curator and the director at FUTURA center for contemporary art in Prague. His curatorial research is directed towards the notion of the group exhibition as a relation between the individual artwork and the whole agglomerate, and how this relation can be built to secure the autonomy of both. He is further interested in different conceptions of time linked to shifts in art. For example, renaissances and retro-waves, the concept of constant extensivity, different temporalities, and triadic models, among others.

Recent curatorial research projects and residencies include Stroom Den Haag, Haag (2015); Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (2014); Contemporary Art Museum, Rijeka (2014); Design Cloud, Chicago (2014); Villa Arson, Nice (2013); Independent Curators International, New York (2011).

Among his recent exhibition projects at FUTURA are Harun Farocki/Zbyněk Baladrán (2015), Than Hussein Clark: Debts (Erotic Review Sinai) (2015), and On Trees and Things: Exhibition of Roee Rosen and Pavel Sterec (2014). In 2015 he initiated a co-operation with Czech Centers, resulting in the group exhibitions Typografie (Czech Center Rotterdam) and Liturgie (Czech Center Paris), accenting the specific architecture of those cultural institutions and expanding the notion of scenographic arrangement of works. Furthermore, Towards Subject (2015) at Museum of Contemporary Art Rijeka was a semi-historical exhibition that dealt with the topic of losing one’s subjectivity and individuality, from the 1970s through to today.

Michal is also an editor of the galleries section in A2 magazine and regular contributor to Flash Art, Artalk, Atelier, Labyrint and Fotograf magazines. He initiated and is a jury member of VARP NY - Visegrad Artist in Residency programme in New York.

 

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.
César lives and works in Mexico.

César Martínez’s work tackles the diverse economic, social and cultural tensions that Mexico has faced in the last decades. Departing from the logic of provocation, criticism and uncertainty, and displaying humorous appropriations of language’s conceptual ambivalence, César employs multiple supports to tackle complex topics. From installation and sculpture made of edible materials to performance and conceptual objects he explores social malaise in the face of a frustrating system, the defeat of the institutions, globalization and the submission of the Mexican government to U.S. dictates among others subjects.

 

César has done over 200 performances in International venues, and has also participated in many conferences and round tables. His work is in important art collections such as the Carsten Norman in Germany, Fundació Sorigué in Spain, Colezzione “La Gaia” and Associazione Prometeo in Italy, MUCA UNAM, and various private collections in the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

 

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.

 

César lives and works in Mexico.