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In her current double exhibition installed in Terezín’s Smal l Fortress (1 May – 26 Aug 2013) and at DOX (7 Jun – 26 Aug 2013)\, the “Advocate of Dreams and Emotions”\, Kamila Ženatá\, works with raw-sounding terms like trans-generational trau ma transmission\, displacement of pain or the rule of totalitarianism\, all of them applied to the female world. The author\, who became known on the Czech art scene through her comprehensive work with exhibition space and he r emphasis on a non-transferable personal experience\, does not then hesita te to go to the heart of the matter in realizing them.

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The theme of the installation is woman and womanhood\, and their uncompromising bonds t o societal\, social and familial conditions that impact human nature over t he long term. Aside from her artistic activities\, Kamila Ženatá has for ma ny years led group psychotherapy and art therapy courses\, and thus poses h erself questions regarding our ability to transcend the chains of our own p ast: “My grandmother wore some shoes that wore down to some sort of shape o ver the course of her life’s journey\, and quite certainly the shoes my mot her wore were quite similar. And my shoes also cannot be from some complete ly different shop than the one in which the women that raised me shopped.”< /p>\n

Inside the Small Fortress of the Terezín Memorial as well as at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art\, she wagers on the visitor’s comprehensiv e emotional absorption. But she doesn’t guarantee it will be pleasant. The depersonalized monochromatic space full of pots\, washed clothes and other items that we link to an idealized childhood and a domestic\, safe percepti on of the world\, comes across as strongly oppressive. The author uses othe r methods typical for her: an omnipresent audio-visual background\, period documents and melding with the exhibition space\, for example using inscrip tions on walls.

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Kamila Ženatá may draw on familial experiences\, bu t in the Women’s Yard project\, she generalizes a nd traces the thread of not only one specific story\, but of many others as well. After all\, trauma\, severed connections and repressions that destro y our relationships are part of life in general. And generational syndromes are transferred from parents to children\, accompanied by the formation of   relational defensive mechanisms that the author calls “stone hearts”.

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Deliberation on whether it is at all possible to step off the pat h that is predestined\, that you will continue even if this destiny isn’t a pparent and clear\, nevertheless somehow inevitable\, because your ancestor s gave you unconscious behaviour\, their lives and their fates like threads with which you are bound\, perhaps this is called trans-generations transm ission. Prisoners of their own minds\, is this still true? Imprisoned in th e cells of their fates?

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(Kamila Ženatá)

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Kamila Ženatá (1 953) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1973-79) under the tutelage of Professor Ladislav Čepelák. She garnered attention with her exh ibition entitled Learn to Stand on One Foot at Mánes (2007)\, and is curren tly primarily working on video installations and exhibition projects. She p articipated in the 14 S exhibition at DOX (2009) not only as an artist\, bu t also as a co-curator (with Milena Slavická). Kamila Ženatá’s work is char acterized by versatility: she expresses herself through painting\, photogra phy\, video and text. But her work has greatest force when it connects all these elements into one compact installation. Kamila Ženatá also writes and works in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and art therapy\, focus ing on group events. She lives and works in Prague.

DTEND:20130826 DTSTAMP:20141022T232641 DTSTART:20130607 GEO:50.1067812;14.4470411 LOCATION:DOX Center for Contemporary Art\,Poupětova 1 \nPrague 7\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: The Women’s Yard\, Kamila Ženatá UID:278980 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR