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Pavla Sceranková

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Košice, Slovakia
Place of work
installation art
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About artist

In the work of Pavla Sceranková, we can encounter several fundamental moments. One of them is her emphasis on direct physical relationship between an object-sculpture and its creator or user. In her older work this viewpoint has literal foundations in her video performances that start up the game of the artist’s body and her objects-devices (Moving In – Moving Out, 2007, Go Away – Come Back, 2009). The result of this symbiosis is labelled by the artist as “video sculpture”. The mechanical aspects of human corporeality and the kinetic objects constructed by the artist (Mobile Tools, 2007) make a reference to the mechanics of ordinary objects around us, such as furniture.


This kinetic, spatial and symbolic bond shifts the logics of her artefacts – frequently occurring in her recent work and being seemingly neo-modern – to a psychological level of the examination of our being among the objects of this world, which is another fundamental moment of her work. Her artefacts come from household equipment such as a vacuum cleaner, a porcelain statue and others; these are deflected from their everydayness by plastic modifications that shift their function from the formal, constructive, even kinetic position (Visit Home, 2010). The subject of this formal but simultaneously functional game can be, however, even much more monumental elements, shifting her game to an architectonic scale (Umzug, 2007, Open – Closed, 2008). More recently, this artist’s work has shown also a more strongly accented narrative aspect, connected, among other things, with questions of gender (Woman on the Moon, 2013).


The gradual genesis of this artist’s work can be perceived also in the context of her classmates from the Academy of Fine Arts, such as Eva Koťátková or Dominik Lang. Similarly to them, we can observe a certain development in Sceranková from straightforward self-performing work and installation interventions in the spirit of post-conceptual tradition, towards a more sophisticated aesthetic game reacting to current world art trends in analytical returns to the aesthetics of a sculpting object, its autonomy, subjectivity, etc. (Missing Chapter, 2012). A frequent aspect of Pavla Sceranková’s work is the already mentioned kinetic revival of the object perceived as a sculpture. This moment, penetrating through a substantial part of her work, can be connected also with an “animistic” question being dealt with in present theory of art, often exactly in the relationship to modernistic heritage, the influence of which cannot be overlooked in the artist’s recent work. Through her work in the Czech environment Pavla Sceranková articulates a significant individual position with her ability to connect the creative sovereignty of an object with a dynamic thought of the depicted situation. 

Author of the annotation
Viktor Čech



2000-2006 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Prof.Miloš Šejn, Prof.Milan Knížák

2010 Visegrad Artist Residency Program / Studio of Young Artists Association, Budapest
2009 Cooperative Méduse in Quebec, Canada /Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes/
2006-2007 DAAD stipend on UDK Berlin, Prof.Tony Cragg
2004 Erasmus stipend - Gray School of Art Aberdeen, Scotland
2002 Kunstlerwege štipendium - AKA Stuttgart, Germany

12.05.2009 Cena Václava Chada /V. Zlínský salon mladých/
18.05.2007 Cena Cyprián /Při príležitosti konania 1.ročníku bienále mladých umelcov v Trnave Skúter/
22.06.2006 Cena rektora AVU v Prahe
15.11.2002 Cena Jozefa Hlávky


Solo exhibitions
Drdova Gallery, Prague
Art Brussels Art Fair ( with Jan Nálevka), Brussels, BE

Old Light in the Department Galaxies, Fait Gallery, Brno, CZ

Constellations, Moravian Gallery in Brno, CZ
Woman in the Moon, Prague City Gallery, Prague

Missing Chapter, Drdova Gallery, Prague

Loud, Cyprian Majernik Gallery, Bratislava, SK
A Message from the Neocortex, Prague City Gallery, The Golden Ring, Prague

Alles wird gut, G99, The Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZ
Puzzle, BKC gallery, Brno, CZ

Open closed open closed open... , site specific, CZ


Sauer Kraut, Jelení Gallery, Prague
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Krokus gallery, Bratislava, SK (upcoming)
Soft Codes, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, PL
Model, curated by Ladislav Kesner, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague

Europe, Europe, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Boutoux and Gunnar B. Kvaran, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
Who is the director? curated by Kristof Kintera & Denisa Vaclavova, 4+4 Days in Motion Festival, Prague
7th New Zlin Salon, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlin, CZ
Circular Ruins, curated by Jean-Marc Avrilla, Meetfactory gallery, Institut Francais de Prague
9th Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts, Liege, BE

The Beginning of the Century, curated by Pavlína Morganová, House of Arts in Ostrava, Ostrava, CZ
Jamais Vu, curated by Maria Niemyjska, Art Gallery Wozownia, Torun, Pl
Things and People, curated by Michal Jachula, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
Sun in the Shop Window, with Lucia Sceranková, Fotograf gallery, Prague
Grey Zone, with Mihut Boscu Kafchin, Peter Puklus, Krokus gallery, Bratislava, SK
Systems and Accidents, with Cyril Blažo, Tomáš Džadoň, Eva Koťátková, bad contemporary, Pietrasanta (Lucca), IT

Systems and Accidents, with Cyril Blažo, Tomáš Džadoň, Eva Koťátková, Exelettrofonica, Rome, IT
The Stars Look Different Today, curated by Zita Sarvari, Dovin Gallery Budapest, HU
Would you like to play another game? curated by Denisa Václavová, Krištof Kintera, 4+4 Days in Motion, 17th Performing Arts Festival, former Casino, Pařížská Street, Prague
On the contrary, curated by Karina Kottová, Meetfactory, Prague
The Beginning of the Century, curated by Pavlína Morganová, Pilsen Regional Museum, Pilsen, CZ
Pavla Sceranková a Juraj Kollár, curated by Martin Fišr, Martin Beníček, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín, CZ
The Islands of Resistance. Between the First and Second Modernity 1985-2012, curated by Jiří Ševčík, Edith Jeřábková and Jana Ševčíková, National Gallery in Prague at the Veletržní Palace, Prague

Short Amorpha, BFI London, GB
Raum Selbst, The Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZ
Prague Biennale 5, Microna, Prague
Critical Space, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, HU
Interview, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, SK

The Bell 2010 Young Art Biennial, Prague City Gallery, The Stone Bell, Prague
Oskár Čepan Award Final 2010, Medium, Bratislava, SK
Collectors. The Czecho-Slovak Pavilion. Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, AT

Situation, the 3rd Moscow Biennale, Moscow, RU
5th Zlín Youth Salon, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín, CZ

Contemporary Czech Cubism, Old Town Hall, Prague
Videoart.cz, Space gallery, Bratislava, SK

Jindřich Chalupecky Award Final 2007, Entrance Gallery, Prague
Form follows…risk, Futura and Karlin Studios, Prague
Bienale of young Slovak art, Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, SK
Punctum, Futura, Prague
Klasse Cragg, UDK Berlin, DE

RE/ACT Festival, University in Mannheim, DE

Best Of Festivals‘BO2, Médiatheque José Cabanis, Toulouse, FR
Essl Award CEE, Modern Gallery, Prague


Extended Views, video festival, Amsterdam, NL



Zálešák, Jan (ed.): Pavla Sceranková – katalog, OFF/FORMAT, Brno 2012



Reflex journal: www.reflex.cz/Clanek29577.html

Artalk.cz: artalkweb.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/tz-pavla-scerankova-2/


Personal texts not included in database

Sceranková, Pavla: Mysl bez obrazu (dizertační práce), 2012



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