“What can be more cheering than to fill a friend’s request? After a year of acquaintance, and a year playing together in a punk band, O. Havránek said to me in a pub: “I am really looking forward to the time when they dig us out of the archives”. That was about 25 years ago. Only gradually did I realize that the only one who can dig him out of the archives will be one of us.”
Tomáš Procházka, Handa Gote
opening Feb18th 2013
curated by: Tomáš Procházka a Miloš Vojtěchovský
The exhibition takes the theme of friendship and, at the same time, attempts to compose a portrait which does not attempt to create a realistic likeness, instead being constructed mainly from the artist’s own memories. Handa Gote has compiled the installation from tiny fragments of the life of their friend: Ondřej Havránek, captured in photographs, audio and video recordings. Such ephemeral items are here exhibited along with other objects, related to his interests and activities.
This exhibition is the group’s first opportunity to present and interpret as a whole a wealth of material that they began collecting (unintentionally at first, then later more systematically) in 1991.
Though, most of the data and artifacts from these years has been irreparably damaged or even lost.
How does the media refuse of our lives allow us to reconstruct a representation of reality?
Where does reality start and where does selective memory, fiction and imagination begin?
Ondřej Havranek was born February 27, 1973 in Nový Bor, where he still lives. He works in the administration of the North Bohemian water supply company, is married, and the father of two children. He is also a beekeeper and the front man of the local rock band Candát.