AboutThe exhibition project called A Girl Named Sandoz is based on an on-going research by Lea Petrikova (FAMU), focused on altered states of consciousness within the context of film archives of the pharmaceutical company Sandoz (today's Novartis).
This is the place where the legendary "Father of LSD", Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann, first synthesized "the cure for the soul". Since the late 1950's the company also worked on a project called Cinematheque Sandoz. This project was responsible not only for the production of promotional and educational films, but also for the production of specific works of art with surprisingly high artistic qualities that thematized changed states of consciousness.
Among their creators we can find, for instance, Henri Michaux, Max Ernst, or Jean Daniel Pollet. The company Sandoz embodied a unique institution in the history of film and science for producing artistic and experimental movies.
Lea Petříková works freely with references of the mentioned movies from which she draws inspiration for her own artistic expression, but at the same time she becomes their curator while presenting them to the visitors in their original form. The project A Girl Named Sandoz creates a dialogue between the deceased authors and the current artist.