Restless Image II: Limits of Motion
14 May 2019 – 16 Jun 2019
Etc. Gallery Prague
Etc. gallery is a non-profit contemporary art gallery showcasing the work of both Czech and international artists within exhibitions, screenings and discussions. Its programme is currently focused on the presentation of artists, who deploy the medium of moving image in their work and explore socially and politically engaged topics. On its research projects, the gallery collaborates with a variety of educational institutions, researchers and cultural professionals.
The gallery was established in 2004 as one of the first independent exhibition spaces in Prague. It was founded by DRAWetc. studio (namely Vladimír Strejček) together with artists Jiří Skála and Jiří Franta. Markéta Vinglerová joined the curatorial team three years later. In 2011, the founders of the gallery were replaced by artist Radim Langer and curator Tereza Stejskalová, who was herself substituted by artist Martin Prudil two years later. In 2017, Alžběta Bačíková and Anna Remešová became the gallery curators. Over the course of its fifteen-year long history, the gallery exhibited many artists of the upcoming generation, including artists who are now well-established, such as Kateřina Šedá, Dominik Lang, artist duo Alexandra Vajd and Hynek Alt, Václav Magid, Martin Kohout, French post-conceptual group Claire Fontaine and Bosnian artist Šejla Kamerić.
Starting from 2017, the gallery has shifted its focus from solo presentations of young artists to comprehensive research projects, which evolve over a longer period of time and reflect on the role of moving image in contemporary art. The first long-term project, entitled Politics of Truth – Documentary Strategies in Contemporary Art, consisted of exhibitions, screenings and discussions with both Czech and international artists and theoreticians. Due to the project being well-received for its accessibility and contemporaneity, the gallery curators decided to continue exploring social and political aspects of moving image in the upcoming years.