Introducing Helena Hladilová: Fake Lake

Helena Hladilová’s artistic practice is characterised by an on-going dialectical investigation into object production and performativity. Her artworks embody an intimate intersection of object, audience, event and surrounding space, through which she defetishises the art object and creates an egalitarian relationship between artist/performer and spectator/participant.

Artworks, while autonomous, are often created within the context of or in a response to their display, and underscore the ambiguous nature of an exhibition space and its ability to shape the presentation and experience of art. The relationship between physical space, social experience and the natural world creates a body of work that is at once ephemeral, unpredictable, and exquisitely tender.

At present, Helena Hladilová (1983, Kroměříž) lives and works in Italy. She obtained her bachelor degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the VUT in Brno, and she took her master’s study programmme at the Academy of Fine Arts at the sculptors‘ studio in Carrara, Italy. Along with Namsal Siedlecki she is at the head and works as a curator of the exhibition space GUM studio, which was formed in Carrara and later moved to Turin. Her solo exhibitions include Swinger (Artissima, Turin), Fake lake (CO2, Turin), 6Artista (MACRO, Rome), Vitrine. 270° (GAM, Turin), NaCI (L’A Project, Palermo, together with Namsal Siedlecki), Barega (Giuseppe Frau Gallery, Gonnes). Her work has been presented within group exhibitions, among others, at the MAXXI Gallery (Rome), Fondazione Nomas (Rome), Fondazione Pastificio Cerere (Rome), Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa (Venice), Moscow International Biennial for Young Art (Moscow), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), Cripta 747 (Turin) ort he Prague Biennial. She also took part in the residential projects, Art Quarter Budapest (Budapest), Fondazione Pastificio Cerere (Rome), Cite internationale des arts (Paris), Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte (Turin), and Fondazione Antonio Ratti (Como).

Trade Fair Palace, Presidential Lounge

Curated by Adam Budak