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Roman Štětina

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conceptual art
digital image
experimental film
installation art
new media
sound installation
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About artist

Roman Štětina is one the most distinct artists of the incoming generation. In his work he sensitively interconnects his interest in sound and the spoken word, especially in the relationship to radio, sometimes TV broadcasting, and the strong visual aspect of the objects or situations connected with it, which he captures using video, installations, audiovisual interventions and other media. Štětina is the laureate of the ESSL Award from the year 2011 and the winner of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award in 2014.


One of the leading sources of inspiration for Štětina is the radio studio as an imaginary backstage, which remains hidden from the final recipients of the broadcasting. It is a sort of non-place, which disposes with completely original, period aesthetics. The first time the artist brought attention to it was in the exhibition Studio – Room, where carpets represent the air, which took place in 2011 in Gallery Jelení. The dramatic sounds installed in the front, otherwise empty room of the gallery, were alternated with the revealing of their origin in a video presented in the second part of the exhibition. The objects used to create ordinary sounds that are used in radio plays, such as going up stairs or a storm, became remarkable sculptures by revealing their physical “faces” and their sonic potential was gradually uncovered through a manipulation with the actor. Štětina further developed this motif in the project Studio No. 2 (Polanský Gallery, 2013), where he replaced the original sound of the clapperboard with a record of the sound of gunshots. Within the overall installation, a renovated panel absorbing sounds appeared here for the first time as a ready-made. Lifting objects relating to studio aesthetics and functionality from the original context and playing with their possible autonomy and shift of meaning in the gallery environment became Štětina’s supporting theme. He grasped it magnanimously also in the installation Auditorium (2014), where he reconstructed a monumental curtain that was, during 1965 – 1980, part of the interior of the so-called stereo-auditorium in the building of the Czech Radio in Pilsner.


In addition to the physical aspect of the objects that are in one way or another connected to sound, Štětina is interested in the language and message, in its media transmission and possibilities of its manipulation. Already in his relatively early works, the artist intervened television or radio broadcasting (for example, Nocturne, 2009 – 2010), he intervened film material found in order to create a fictive dialogue (Talking about Art, 2012) or, on the contrary, he enhanced the tension of the film by removing practically all spoken word (Murderer Hides his Face, 2010). In his most recent videos, Štětina stages personalities connected with the recording of the spoken word, from the technical aspect (Tongue-Twister, 2014) or rhetorical aspect (Lecture, 2014), to situations that give a theme to the relationship of the meaningfulness of a testimony and slips of the tongue, or mistakes.


Štětina’s occasional cooperation with other artists, who enrich his approach by other levels, represents an interesting aspect of his work. Together with Tomáš Moravec, the artist created a series of performances, actions and installations (i.e. If, 2010, Piercing Tires, 2010) that are connected by a boyish humorous exaggeration, as well as by artfulness and the desire to (physically) exceed their own possibilities. The collective project with Dominik Gajarský and Tomáš Hrůza called A Skeleton Is Coming to the Academy (2011), was carried out in a similar spirit. One could call it a playful institutional critique presented by a trio of young artists searching for a treasure in the garden of their alma mater using a metal detector, as well as for the oldest student works in the archive of the school, the “tracks” of which were introduced beside the large format contact photographs capturing views into the present look of the studios during an exhibition of the final school works.


Štětina’s work as a whole can be characterized by the relationship to archive materials that the artist updates and remoulds into mechanically distinct executions, which do not lack intelligent humour or inventive content. In connection with the media environment and the theme of sound that Štětina has practical relationship to as an active musician, and with respect to his work for the Czech Radio, his work has a distinctive form already while he is still studying.

Author of the annotation
Karina Kottová



since 2013, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt nad Mohanem, ateliér Judith Hopf
since 2009, Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze (AVU), Ateliér konceptuálního zkoumání, Tomáš Vaněk a Jiří Skála
2006–2009, Ústav umění a designu v Plzni, Multimediální design, Michal Pěchouček, Dušan Zahoranský, Adéla Matasová
2005–2006, Západočeská univerzita v Plzni, Filozofická fakulta – Humanistika

Fellowships and residencies:
2012 Šalounův ateliér - ateliér hostujícího pedagoga AVU, Florian Pumhösl
2012 Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov
2012 Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz
2010–2011, Šalounův ateliér - ateliér hostujícího pedagoga AVU, Marcus Geiger
2008 Vysoká škola výtvarných umení v Bratislave, Ateliér "IN", Kisspal Szabolcz

2014 Jindřich Chalupecký Award
2014 Open Frame Award (BHF-BANK Foundation), goEAST Film Festival Wiesbaden
2014 PRE Real Estate Deutschland FilmPreis, Staedelschule Rundgang


Solo exhibitions
2014 – Mluv, abych tě viděl, galerie KABINET, TIC, Brno (kurátorka: Marika Kupková)
2013 – Nultá série, Galerie města Třince
2013 – STUDIO No. 2, Polansky gallery, Praha
STUDIO No. 2 (Slapstick), bb15, Linz, Rakousko

Živé hodiny (s K. Mikeskovou), galerie 35m2, Praha (kurátor: R. Ištok)
Popis obrazu, galerie 207 - VŠVU, Praha
STUDIO - Místnost, kde koberce znamenají éter, galerie Jelení, Praha (kurátorka: N. Michlovská)

Přijde kostra na Akádu (s D. Gajarským, T. Hrůzou), galerie AVU, Praha (kurátor: R. Ištok)

Kabinet (s K. Mikeskovou), galerie Fenester, Praha
If (s T. Moravcem), galerie Kostka - Meetfactory, Praha (kurátor: D. Zahoranský)
Propíchnout pláště (s T. Moravcem), S.P.A.C.E., Bratislava

Zahrádka, galerie Pavilon, Praha
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Periferní vidění, IV. Moskevské mezinárodní bienále mladého umění, MMOMA, (kurátor: Václav Janosčík)
Explain Me Not, AUTOCENTER BERLIN, (kurátorky: Edith Jeřábková a Mariana Serranová)
Umění a stín, České centrum v Praze, kurátor Edith Jeřábková

Metafyzika kázně, České centrum v Berlíně, kurátor: Karina Pfeiffer Kottová
Bezpředmětný film at Galerie U Dobrého Pastýře, Brno 2013

Use Your Illusion, bb15, Linz, Rakousko (kurátor: Faxen)
6. Zlínský salón mladých – Galerie výtvarného umění, Zlín (kurátor: komise / M. Fišr)
Zkušební vrty, G99, Brno (curator: A. Vartecká)

Essl Art Award 2011, Essl Museum, Rakousko (kurátor: komise / S. Köpf)
Zanech zprávu, Aula Favu, Brno (kurátor: K. Kottová)
Face Me I Face You, galerie AVU, Praha (kurátor: L. Šmardová)
Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul, Turecko
Other realisations


49. Mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary

goEAST, 14. Festival filmů střední a východní Evropy, Wiesbaden, Německo



48. Mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary

ARTER, Istanbul, Turecko

STUDIO (TAKE 1), STEIM, Amsterdam



PAF: Video objects, Union Docs, Brooklyn, NYC, USA



Jan Lesák: Fenomén archivu ve vztahu k fotografickému médiu v kontextu současného umění

Tereza Jindrová: recenze výstavy STUDIO No. 2, Koncert pro oko a ucho (Artalk.cz)

Viktor Čech: Profiles - Roman Štětina, English Issue Flash Art CZ/SK 2013

Člověk by měl poslouchat především sám sebe (Protisedi.cz)

Karina Kottová: Studio - Místnost, kde koberce znamenají éter (Flash Art CZ & SK, No. 23/24, 2012)

Viktor Čech: Intruder (katalog k výstavě ateliéru Floriana Pumhösla)

Karel Císař: 6. Zlínský salon mladých, 2012

Radim Langer: Za meze interpretace (recenze výstavy Popis obrazu v galerii 207)

Jakub Stejskal: Estetický modernismus dnes, Dějiny umění v rozšířeném poli (Praha: VŠUP, 2011)

Monika Ticháčková: Šance pro začínající umělce, A2, 1/12

Michal Pěchouček: Things normally unheard, katalog ESSL ART AWARD 2011

Karina Kottová - Klukoviny Tomáše Moravce a Romana Štětiny (Artalk.cz)

Other critical texts

Press Releases:

Marika Kupková: TZ Mluv, abych tě viděl, galerie Kabinet TIC, Brno

Jiří Havlíček: TZ Studio No. 2, Polanský gallery

Rado Ištok: TZ Živé hodiny

Lumír Nykl: Studio - Místnost, kde koberce znamenají éter

Viktor Čech: TZ Povídání o umění

Nina Michlovská - TZ Studio, místnost, kde koberce znamenají éter

Rado Ištok - TZ Přijde kostra na Akádu

Dušan Zahoranský - TZ IF - (training in materials and tools)

Michal Pěchouček - TZ Někdo na Tebe myslí (CZ)



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