ZAHORIAN&co GALLERY starts the new year with a solo presentation of Czech artist Adéla Babanová. Adéla Babanová (*1980, Prague) graduated from New Media Department, Graphic Department, Department of Conceptual Art at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. She became a finalist of prestigious art awards such as the Jind?ich Chalupecký Award (2012), the 333 Award of the Czech National Gallery and she currently stands for nomination for the Dorothea von Stetten Kunstpreis award in Bonne, Germany.
Despite the fact that Adéla Babanová´s artworks are primarily connected to video art, she naturally uses common filmmaking practices accompanied by film crew and professional actors. However, the visual aspect and plot of her short stories make her works fit for gallery institutions, as all the pieces share certain elementary formal and thematic aspects that she continuously develops. Another significant feature of her works is the fact that they create a unique genre - author´s own patchwork of films, debates, radio plays, detective stories and documentaries. Mystification, irony and reality modification are becoming prominent subject matters in her works. Babanová derives inspiration from stories and situations from the past, while modifying its significant parts. Although the visitors know what they see, the result is a magical moment that might not be real, but Babanová certainly has a strong ability to make her stories more than convincing. Hints of "amateurism", hyperbolism, irony and touch of a humor do not do them any harm (rather the opposite). Her works are thematically connected to history; while showing and exaggerating the art world and its operation, the author works with both mundane and bizarre reality.
Adéla Babanová´s solo show at ZAHORIAN&co GALLERY presents two latest videos that share motives from historical documents, followed with manipulated reality. The Return to Adriaport (2013) movie is a staged semi-fictional as well as semi-real documentary, in which the author returns to the period of normalization. She is interested in certain period of Czechoslovak history, specifically the story of a utopian futuristic project for build up an artificial island in the Adriatic entirely of waste material from the construction of the tunnel that linked Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. In her documentary, the author works with genuine historical materials that she enriches with new meaning by her intervention. In the second video entitled Where Did the Stewardess Fall From? (2013), Babanová develops a real story of Vesna Vulovi?, a Serbian stewardess, and the sole survivor of a plane crash in Srbská Kamenice in 1972. The official version of the story claimed that Croatian separatists hid a bomb on the plane from Stockholm to Zagreb. However, the year 2009 brought about a conspiracy theory claiming that the Czechoslovak soldiers shot the plane down by mistake, protecting the air space from the Warsaw Pact communists returning from a conference in Prague. Vesna Vulovi? suffered amnesia. The last thing she remembered was getting on the plane. The story takes place in a hospital in ?eská Kamenica, where a doctor and an investigator are doing their best to help Vesna recover her lost memory. Their conversation reflects inconspicuous manipulation of a human being, who can rely only on information from strangers. Stills from Babanová´s movies in form of photographic prints are part of the exhibition.