I Tried to Tell Ya Something Through the Phone

ANTONIE STANOVÁ

17. 9. – 12. 11. 2021

Curator: Monika Čejková


The exhibition I Tried to Tell Ya Something Through the Phone introduces the work of painter Antonie Stanová along with a sound piece by Bohumila Grögerová, a writer and translator most often associated with visual and concrete poetry. 

Although the two artists never met and Grögerová is several generations older, there are certain similarities in their ways of working with language and text; in the temptation of rearranging. Stanová’s paintings are more written than painted and are created as poetic diaries. Grögerová was constantly stepping out of the confines of literature to create visual and auditive works. I Tried to Tell Ya Something Through the Phone presents Antonie Stanová’s canvases accompanied by Bohumila Grögerová’s radio play Only Breathing Left… Or, Dum Spero, Spiro – a virtually Kafkaesque drama from 1975, in which one caller harasses and extorts another.