THE CROWN LETTER – Exhibition in Prague 2023

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Francouzskรฝ institut v Praze
ล tฤ›pรกnskรก 35, 110 00 Praha 1
Admission free

Vernissage 13th Sept from 5pm
Dates: 13th Sept to 4 Oct 2023
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10 am – 8 pm

Institut Franรงais Prague ยปยป

Artists : Susan E. BARNET, Maithili BAVKAR, Anne BRUNSWIC, Adriana BUSTOS, Michelle DEIGNAN, Liza DIMBLEBY, Anne DUBOS, Cornelia EICHHORN, Dettie FLYNN, Claire-Jeanne Jร‰Zร‰QUEL, Kyoko KASUYA, Choi-Ahoi KYUNG-HWA, Saviya LOPES, Ruth MACLENNAN, Ana MENDES, Maricarmen MERINO, Aurelia MIHAI, Manuela MORGAINE, Neringa NAUJOKAITE, Natacha NISIC, Kasia OZGA, Catherine RADOSA, Luise SCHRร–DER, Esther SHALEV-GERZ, Katja STUKE, Catalina SWINBURN, Valeria TRUBINA, Ivana VOLLARO, Emma WOFFENDEN.

Kino35 program : Maithili BAVKAR, Michelle DEIGNAN, Kyoko KASUYA, Ruth MACLENNAN, Maricarmen MERINO, Aurelia MIHAI, Manuela MORGAINE, Natacha NISIC, Kasia OZGA, Sudha PADMAJA FRANCIS, Catherine RADOSA, Luise SCHRร–DER.

The artistโ€™s collective THE CROWN LETTER looks to the future to imagine a desirable world. Yes, there will still be reasons to dance tomorrow; if need be, we’ll invent them. The concept for this exhibition-manifesto of contemporary art was developed in June-July 2023 as part of a residency in ฤŒeskรก Skalice supported by Luxfer Gallery. It has been specially designed to fit in with the unique architecture of the Institut franรงais de Prague.

The exhibition consists of a landscape of almost 150 frames laid out on the floor, original black and white graphic works that form the manifesto itself, and photographs selected from the extensive archives of The Crown Letter website.

This exhibition is the work of an international collective initiated by the French artist Nata-cha Nisic in the spring of 2020, in the early months of the Covid 19 epidemic. At the time, the silence was overwhelming and the solitude immense. Faced with the heightened risk of women artists being stifled and invisible, she quickly set about building a participatory platform, independent of any institution, Around fifty women artists from twenty countries, from Argentina to Japan, as well as the UK, Germany and France, swiftly responded to carry out the project. 

THE CROWN LETTER website has been online and on social networks for over three years, and it’s holding firm. Each week it publishes a letter featuring a range of original and previously unreleased works: photographs, videos, drawings and texts. In September 2023, it publishes its Letter No. 160. Its archive amounts nearly a thousand works. The artistic collective has already exhibited on many continents: Photo Days in the streets of Paris, Fondation Fiminco in Romainville (France), BienalSur in Argentina and Uruguay, Institut franรงais in Kyoto (Japan).

To complement the exhibition, ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ, ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—–๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ช๐—ก ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ง๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ. The programme is divided in four sections: ยซย Our Bodiesย ยป, ยซย Behind the Scenesย ยป, ยซย Memoriesย ยป and ยซย Making Landscapesย ยป (total length 90 minutes).

Co-production: Institut franรงais de Prague (Sarah Doignon), Gallery Luxfer in ฤŒeskรก Skalice (Roman Rejhold), THE CROWN LETTER.