Chronicle of Architectural Culture of a Small Village
Pragovka Gallery, Prague, 2018
The serie of paintings by Petra Brázdilová deals with the heritage of architecture during the normalisation in her native town Bystřička in Wallachia. The author as a local chronicler / interpretor is tasked with a rather ambitious and consciously unrealistic goal, mapping and capturing images of all the buildings located on the territory of the village, especially the local evergreens - Firemen, Sokol, Municipality, local boutiques, atc.
As the author adds, "The past aesthetics of these unattractive buildings appeals with its ambiguity: by its uniqueness and ignorance of its surroundings, by its incoherent style and in the same time by its forced uniformity."
Petra Brázdilová conceives the whole project as a painting task which exceeds the project-research background of the whole work using the suggestive and refined play with form, theme and her own playful self-reflection. In the end, it is more likely to come to multi-layered statement and artistic form that moves what originally locally specific has shifted into a form which at some way can border with clear fantasy or mutual symbols.
A thoughtful amount of exaggeration, the oscillation between comity and tragedy, and playing with her own identity are all tools of artistic expressions which introduce other themes such as the relation of the center and the periphery, the corrected intent and the unpredictable casualty, personal and mutual, affectionate and sincere, successful and unsuccessful.
Curator: Martin Nytra