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Eva Kotatkova

Eva Kotatkova was born in 1982 in Prague, Czech Republic. From 2002 to 2008 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague, at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. Since 2009 she is doing her doctoral studies at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. In 2007 Kotatkova won the J. Chalupecký Award for Young Artists and the J. Hlvka Award. Her most significant group exhibitions include the Liverpool Biennial in 2010 and the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012.

Eva Kotatkova’s artistic practice has a wide scope, ranging from works on paper to social interventions, performances and sculptures. In these different media, Kotatkova reflects on social rules, expectations and propaganda strategies, which impose restrictive structures on the individual. Her fascination with social control and manipulation develops through an archive of appropriated objects and stories and leads into a process of deconstruction and reconstruction. In Kotatkova’s complex installations, each story or object is redefined to reflect a hidden “trauma”.

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Kotatkova’s new installation for the PinchukArtCentre can be seen as a theatre of objects. Eleven sculptures each conceal one individual story about social exclusion and isolation. The anonymity of the sculptural objects turns these stories into abstractions that reflect on the failure of societal systems and social structures.