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MAUD KOTASOVÁ: Hell is a Material


MAUD KOTASOVÁ: Hell is a Material
opening: Thu, 8 September 6-10 pm

Every object aspires to become a time capsule. Having witnessed the lives of their former owners, narrative objects document their migrations in space and time, their moments of doubt and disguise, their days of maturing, of stagnation. Maud Kotasová embroiders on metal objects and surfaces not to bring new life into them, but to uncover their true self.

As her time in Bucharest went by, Maud developed an affection for the city’s omnipresent worn-out tenderness, a living breathing garden of earthly delights, blazing like hell. It is this hell that she grew fond of, discovering it both in the blood river left behind by the rear lights of chaotically rushing cars and on the churches' façades. As Sandwich is basically a metal portico, and metal is a material from somewhere in hell, what better location for an embroidered inferno?

Maud Kotasová's (b. 1980) work ranges from embroidered metal objects, like trucks, bins, or lockers to environmental text installations in public space. She uses embroidery as a conceptual language embodying collected material, excerpts from oral history, or personal experience.


Selected exhibitions include The 2nd Biennial at Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE, Here and Now! at the House of Arts, Brno, CZ, The View from V4, ArtThema Gallery, Brussels, BE, traveling solo installation On the Road, The State of Being in Between with Karíma Al-Mukhtarová, GAVU, Cheb, CZ, embroidery text installation Take off That Shadow II., House of Arts, Brno, CZ, and most recently Folklore is not Dead in Galerie Roudnice, CZ.

This exhibition is organized in partnership with The Czech Center Bucharest and is part of Maud Kotasová’s art residency in Bucharest.

This event is part of the Program “Sandwich Meta Club”. A cultural Program co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Program does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The AFCN is not responsible for the Program content of the project or the manner in which the results of the Program may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

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photo credits: Kazuki Oishi

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