Jasmin Schaitl: Reciprocity
3. 11. – 8. 12. 2021
curator: Lenka Sýkorová
photo: Markéta Bendová
video: Tereza Havlínková
Memories are affected by the process of remembering. It is a certain line that leads to the past, while forming our present and future. In the Altán Klamovka Gallery, Austrian artist Jasmin Schaitl creates an intimate spatial installation that is based on the activation of tactile and auditory senses, draws the viewers into the process of remembering and invites them to participate. The artist focuses on positive memories that are evoked by a spatial drawing created by a sculptural flair for hapticity with the use of metal and textile lines. It opens up the following questions: Are we able to translate our memories into abstract spatial forms? Can we do it by drawing? Can we relive our memories through touch and hearing? Jasmin Schaitl is fascinated by neuroplasticity, or the constant change of brain cells. Her research in contemplative neuroscience, haptics and remembering / forgetting thus became the starting point of the installation. Through a sound and spatial installation made of wires, threads and drawings and created especially for the gallery, Jasmin Schaitl invites the viewers to contemplate and provides a participatory method that helps to bring a positive memory back to the present moment.
Jasmin Schaitl is an Austrian visual artist and performer. She completed her master's degree in 2012 at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2019, she has also been a doctoral student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland. Performance is the bearing structure of her artwork. In addition to working with corporeality, performance and choreography, she focuses on the materialization of intimate mechanisms related to the daily experience of reality. Jasmin Schaitl also organized group performances and is active as a workshop leader. Accuracy, concentration and details are essential for her artwork. Jasmin Schaitl's interdisciplinary artwork ranges between performance and objects, drawings and video art and provides her full-fledged statement about the state of contemporary society. Every gesture of hers made during her performances, which take several hours, refers to a new take on things - instead of accumulating material things, we should just stop and realize that we can find spiritual fullness even in material emptiness. For the Altán Klamovka Gallery, she prepared a project reflecting a more conscious perception of time, while showing the possibilities of contemporary drawing.
The exhibition is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Prague and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts and Culture, Civil Service and Sports.