Gallery Kontext 2023
curator Jakub Polách
Jakub Polách is a micro-influencer, TikToker and designer. In his work, he oscillates between academia, memes and chatting online. As an art researcher, he focuses on the postliterate subjectivity of late capitalist consumers in the environment of social and mainstream media.
Gallery Kontext will be streaming from Floptropica during 2023. The universe of this slang term centers around TikTok videos remixing Houston funeral company owner Deborah Ali-Williams or the computerized character Jiafei, a Chinese woman who recommends various advertising gimmicks in promotional sketches. Along with other aesthetically and sonically alarming sensations, they meet in scenes from the flop era set on the planet Floptropica. Genre-wise, the videos harken back to the brutal Badussy War period (1904-1991) and tend to be classified as productions of “Stan Twitter” users who satirically admire, use or abuse predominantly female icons and LGBTQ+ friendly meme references. As the title of the exhibition series suggests, the video art within Galerie Kontext will also focus on presenting scenes from the Czech art flop scene.