Eva Koťátková What Does a Turtle Feel Through the Carapace?
08.04.22 – 04.09.22 Bildmuseet Umeå University
Empathy and the ability to understand the situation of others is the theme of Eva Koťátková’s exhibition. Her dramatic stagings are reminiscent of dreamy states and curio cabinets with references to both historical images and contemporary culture. With sculpture, collages, drawings, text, sound and suggestive scenography, she examines what evokes emotions and how they help us connect with each other beyond categorical subdivisions and hierarchies.
The exhibition’s central work is a giant talking bush surrounded by beds. There, visitors can lie down and listen to stories of a fish out of water, an exotic bush torn out by the roots, a body which didn’t grow yet, or a spider arousing disgust.
Koťátková takes an interest in social structures, like the relationship between the collective society and the individual. Her surrealistic stagings portray fear and vulnerability, often from the perspective of children or elders. Childhood, learning, and school are recurring themes. She calls this exhibition a cross-species classroom where she invites us to share experiences and dreams together.