Anniversary – Lukáš Houdek exhibition

Event day: Sun 9.8.2020
2020-08-09 15:00
2020-08-09 20:00
Watch physically
Pride Café, The Artivist_Lab, Kampus Hybernská, Hybernská 4, Praha 1
Entry: FREE

The twenty-first anniversary of the meeting in the cellar, when Lukáš was six years old. The artist created for a man called Pepa, who abused him at the time, a commemorative photo album mapping the story of his childhood from the moment of the meeting until adulthood. In the end, he did not give the man the anniversary gift in 2012, but he decided to use it as an artistic artifact and a means of detabuizing the subject of pedophilia.

The author of the exhibition, Lukáš Houdek, says: “I generally do not feel any resentment towards pedophiles. I did it repeatedly he met with the opinion that I should keep quiet about these things, because it is a shame and it is an intimate thing. It on the contrary, it aroused me to open this topic. To at least partially break the taboo and show it alive the face of someone who encountered childhood abuse. (…) When one publishes such a story, it is common that his surroundings begin to side with him. He doesn't know how to treat him, he's dirty. That just helps others traumatizing people with this experience and not confiding their trauma to anyone. Deepening the trauma of the victims is aided by a targeted taboo of a topic that our society cannot even do today speak openly and constructively. But what if the victims themselves want to know what they really are happened, why and what to do next?”

Pedophilia is, for obvious reasons, a matter of noli me tangere, but what all is actually under this will the label fit? Who are pedophiles and must they always harm children? Is ostracization correct attitude to controversial affection? Let us remember Vladimir Nabokov's most famous book, Lolita.

This nymph, as the author speaks of her, was only twelve years old and lost her virginity at summer camp. AND this classical work, as defined below, deals with pedophilia; even fifty years after its release very popular, lent in libraries and new editions are constantly being published. On the awareness server there is a note that a certain form of pedophilia is latent to one's own; is, however morally pushed into a safe background. It is with young girls that society is about most tolerant, perhaps because they usually mature earlier. We can ask ourselves if this is really the case a big difference between a thirteen-year-old girl and a thirteen-year-old boy, who are both strongly driven to sexuality. However, the difference is very likely to be felt in children before puberty, which in no adult case do not seduce.

Artist Lukáš Houdek transforms this traumatic experience into a consistent work of art with a strong one emotional informative value. The exhibition also includes the installation My Mother's Panties (2011), which follows up on the unintended "coming out" - Lukáš's mother until the creation of the Anniversary of Abuse project she didn't know her son.

The exihibiton will be open till 6 October 2020.

The Artivist_Lab focuses on political art, artivism and the media, but also the current one social issues. It supports and exhibits Czech and international artists * who * who due they have problems exhibiting in their home countries (Artist in Need). Also gives space to students * art or curators – males/females*  who process social topics. The main idea of the gallery is to connect interdisciplinary active people who respond to social, and political issues. The Artivist_Lab was founded on October 28, 2018 as part of the 100th anniversary of its establishment Czechoslovakia and is part of the PhD. studies by the founder Tamara Moyzes at the AVU.