LOST IN TRANSLATION? is an exhibition exploring what it is like to live in another country through the works of British and Czech artists with experience of living in the opposite countries. Czech Centre London at the Riverside Studio curated by Michaela Freemann
RENATA KUDLACEK Melancholia is series of photographs (originally on Polaroid) taken on London bridges, in the same way Kudlaceks father did many years ago in (then) Czechoslovakia. The person holding the flowers remains unknown. The image gives an imaginative possession of the past and a feeling that we can hold on to something that does not exist anymore. Kudlaceks work investigates the way we construct memories, attempting to put them in a meaningful context. Foreign places awaken new constructed memories and generalize new thoughts and imaginations.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Kudlacek moved to Germany and later to the UK. The assimilation of my family forced a certain view of the story of my own origin, which was reflected by the prohibition to use the Czech language at home. She critically use re-enactment, the aftermath of historic scenes in order to make the construction of memory visible. While moving to Britain meant learning a new language, way of life and subsequently hard work, it also inspired her and she found a different way to look at my own background and place of origin. Czech Centre London 2010 Lost in Translation? 1-19 November 2010 Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6. Part of THE NEW CZECH CINEMA 2010