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Renata Kudlacek, lives and works since 2011 in Berlin/Germany. Subsequent to graduation from the Royal College of Art London her work has been exhibited widely across Europe, Russia and the United States whilst being engaged in various art projects including project management and curation
for exhibitions and film screening events throughout London.
Renata is a mixed media artist and a Lecturer for art and design.

 

Renata Kudlacek

‘Memory is a construction, the attempt, to put one’s own life into a meaningful context’. Renata Kudlacek’s work investigates this thought and unfolds on the second view a depth that examines the idyll of the origin of beautiful pictures and taking them into a new context. (Polaroid’s, films and collage, screen prints).  General reference point of the work is her personal biography.  Born in Czechoslovakia, she moved in her early years to Germany and later to the UK. The assimilation of her family forced a certain view of the story of her own origin, which was reflected by the prohibition to use the Czech language at home. The Photograph give us an imaginative possession of the past and a feeling that we can hold on to something that does not exist anymore.

The German romanticism burdened memory as a suffering of the present, calling it melancholy. Kudlacek critically uses re-enactment, the aftermath of historic scenes in order to make the construction of memory visible. Flowers an important element of the work, representing symbolism and mythology of meanings. The notion of plants having meanings is traditional, as seen in the play ‘Hamlet’ for example, in the passage beginning ‘There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance, …’

 

 

Education

Royal College of Art, London, MA Fine Art, 2005
Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, PG Dip Fine Art, 2003
University of East London, BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1999
J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, Art & Education Diploma, 1997

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

2013
‘I Remember You‘, InTheGallery, Group Show Copenhagen, Denmark

2012
‘Printathon, ELP Groups Show inspired by this years Olympic games , London, UK

2011
‘RCA Secret 2011′, Group show, Royal College of Art, London, UK
‘The Affordable Art Fairl’ Cass Art Prize, London, UK
‘Bite’, Group show, Mall Galleries, London

2010
‘Lost in Translation?’, Group show, Czech Centre, Riverside Studio, London, UK
‘Fichtennadel’ Group show, Deutsche Boerse Frankfurt, Germany
‘Mein Vater ist kein tschechischer Fotograf’, Solo show, Die Fabrik, Frankfurt, Germany
‘Books in Limbo’, Group show, Tank Gallery, London, UK
2009
‘New Work’, Red Room, Crown Theater Pub, East London, UK
‘Kunst im Haus’, Group show, Raum121, Frankfurt, Germany
‘Instant Melancholia’, Photography Group show, Raum 121, Frankfurt, Germany
‘Know your Place’, Alternative Art & Fashion Week, Toronto, Canada

2008
‘Hello – I’m not here’, International Group show, Raum 121, Frankfurt, Germany
‘RCA Secret 2008′ Royal College of Art, London, UK
‘The Salon at the Liverpool Biennale’, Group show, Liverpool, UK
‘Letter from a distant shore’, Group Show, Orbero Konsthallen, Sweden
‘The Salon’, The Mission, Projection Gallery, London, UK
‘One Minute’, Film & Video Festival, Aarau, Switzerland

2007′
They do things differently there’ The Crypt, St. Pancras, London, UK
‘Still Moving’ Deviant Art Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden
‘Through the Looking Glass’ Exhibition by 12 female artists, Building 1000, London, UK ‘Studio 23 – The Video Art Gallery’ Video Screening, London, UK

Publications

‘Through the Looking Glass’ Tlon Books Publication Ltd, 32pp 2007, ISBN_9780954146849

Public Collections

Ernst & Young, London, UK Royal College of Art, London, UK Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia Kansk, Moscow, Russia Wegasoft, Balingen, Germany Versorgungsnetzwerk, Geislingen, Germany Raum 121, Frankfurt, Germany Stadtdetektive, München, Germany   Find me on Linkedin