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Stomach of the World, detail from the mixed media installation, Belvedere Museum, 21er Haus, Vienna, photo: Johannes Stoll.




Eva Koťátková’s ongoing practice examines ways in which social and institutional structures of everyday life define normative behaviors and how rules and restrictions shape how we think, learn, move, behave and create. Her work is often presented from the viewpoint of the innocent, vulnerable or under-represented.



Stomach of the World, detail from the mixed media installation, Belvedere Museum, 21er Haus, Vienna, photo: Johannes Stoll.



In the series Stomach of the World, comprised of an expansive mixed media installation and film, the world is experienced from the perspective of children that imagine the world as a body that devours everything around it, including itself; the world is like a snake in whose belly is another snake. “It’s all about the politics of eating or being eaten”.



view from the exhibition Eva Koťátková, My Body is not an Island, CAPC Bordeaux, 2022, photo Arthur Péquin



The exhibition project My Body is not an Island presents a series of stories in an immersive landscape that resembles a fragmented body, whose belly holds an impressive assortment of boxes and crates full of imprisoned fantastical creatures.

In the large-scale installation, created specifically for the nave of CAPC in Bordeaux, Koťátková encourages us to reflect upon the personal narratives of the marginalized, who are too often hidden away and ignored.



Interview with a Monster, view from the solo exhibition at Meet Factory, Prague, 2021, photo: Studio Flusser.




“Our society is built on inequality and exclusion. Beginning in childhood, we are purposefully ingrained with a fear of what is different or unknown. There is no place for difference; it poses a threat to the system.”




Eva Koťátková, from the exhibition What Does a Turtle Feel Through the Carapace, Bildmuseet, Umeå, 2022. Photo: Erik Hillbom



Empathy and the ability to understand the situation of others is an ongoing theme in Eva Koťátková’s work.

Her large-scale mixed media installations combine sculpture, collage, drawing, text, sound, performance and scenography in immersive environments as she examines how existing subdivisions and hierarchies, embedded in our society, impact and define our behavior.



Confessions of a Piping System, 2019, view from the solo exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, photo by David Stjernholm




“When I build a cage around someone or something, or create a metal construction that divides people and other beings from their surroundings, I’m limiting their movement in order to express their powerlessness.”

- Eva Koťátková, for Art Forum. Feb. 2020




detail from the installation Confessions of a Piping System



Documents of Violent Actions that (maybe) Happened Last Week, 2016, 8 mixed media collages, photo by Reinhart de Grendel, Flanders Field Museum, Ypres.



In her poetic and often unsettling work, characterized by many associations as well as the legacy of Czech surrealism, Eva Koťátková deals with complex issues in a seemingly playful way, working with a wide range of materials and techniques: installations, photography, video, collage, drawing, performance.





untitled, from the series Parallel Biography, 2011, view from the exhibition Unlearning Instincts, photo: Ruart Centre d'art Contemporain, 2013



Kotátková's empathy for those who live outside of the normative social order also extends to those afflicted with mental health issues. Between 2011-2015, Kotátková worked with patients from the Maria Gugging Psychiatric Clinic in Austria and the Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital in Prague, exploring their parallel worlds, which they often were only able to fully express through their art.



Asylum, view from The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, 2013, photo: Michal Czanderle.



Educational Model: A Construction for Sitting, Reading, Writing, Drawing, and Learning, 2009, mixed media installation, and work on paper. Photo Manuel Carreon Lopez, 2019.



Eva Kotátková's work has often focused on exploring how hierarchies and disciplinary systems in institutions, such as schools, are instrumental in determining behavior.

In the series Educational Model, the artist examines the education process and its impact on the formation of the individual and, consequently, of our collective society.






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