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Anna Neborová: Shadows of Backlighting

20. 7. 2021 - 1. 9. 2021

Vystavující: Anna Neborová

Kurátor: Petr Vaňous


Tisková zpráva (.doc)
Press release (.doc)


Anna Neborová’s painting exhibition at Trafo Gallery presents a selection of paintings from the last 10 years and includes cycles from the author’s close environment (commonplace objects, apartment-studio environment a collection of glass vases, toys etc.). Her painting is characterized by a special authorial specialization of objectivity – the decomposition of light, the uncertainty of spatial plans of painting and work with a kind of dreamy or magical reality. The exhibition will open on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 from 19:00. The exhibition of the same name is published in the Czech-English edition.

The concept of the exhibition entitled SHADOWS OF BACKLIGHTING is based on the last three thematic spheres (Blízké přízraky / Close Phantoms, Nadosah / Within Reach and Sbírka / Collection), which the artist addressed between 2012 and 2021. The subject groups are clearly anchored in objectivity, though they lack sharply defined interfaces. Instead, they enact a tendency to permeate each other, to complement and blend into each other expressively. At the same time there is a latently present, internal developmental movement that transforms the artist’s perception. Neborová’s paintings of the last ten years can be said to create a kind of meta-cycle circumscribed by an interest in an analytical view of the relationship between materiality and the passing of time in relation to the changing intimacy of the surrounding space that this relationship radiates and refashions.

“Sensitivity is important for me, both in relation to the brush, to mix the color, but also sensitivity in life. To be receptive to things that are happening around. We don’t always succeed. Nevertheless, I feel that life is such an attempt to be sensitive. ” (Anna Neborová from an interview with Jiří Kovanda in the book Shadows of Backlighting).

In the cycle Blízké přízraky / Close Phantoms commonplace objects such as underwear, a dress, coat or pillow, appear on the author’s as ghostly revelations an altered dreamy reality in which not only shadows but also light is irrationally lengthened, and where space shrinks and expands elastically, or is crumpled like paper. While in Sbírka / Collection attention was paid to specific (glass) objects as bearers of representation (perceived solitarily or in compositions), whereas in the ensemble Nadosah / Within Reach the view of the analytical character has already significantly impacted the material world, bringing us closer to surfaces, contours, frames, morphological traces, structures, textures, the movement of solidified materials, colour accents, and above all apertures through objects as material states.

The title Shadows of Backlighting expresses the paradoxical state of movement in the opposite direction, when the horizon of known experience breaks down and existing certainties disappear in a new, even sharper light. The original certainties are left with vague outlines, light and colour references, memories that tip the banal quotidian world into a miraculous but ghostly situation that urgently asking new questions.

The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual publication summarizing Petr Vaňous’s curatorial view of the author’s work of the last decades, the painter‘s interview with the conceptual artist Jiří Kovanda and a selection of the author’s work over the past 10 years. The author of the graphic design of the publication is Jana Vahalíková.