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Anna Hulačová

Czechia
b. 1984
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"To me it is important to create relations between two given pieces, giving existence to some form of duality. Duality of things is crucial to me."

photo: Michaela Čejková

Anna Hulačová was born in 1984 in Sušice (Czech Republic) and currently lives and works in Český Brod. She studied between 2006 and 2012 at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts, and then continued her studies in Seoul and in Aberdeen (Scotland). Her sculptural art shares aspects with the figurative styles, with roots in the traditions and techniques of Czech folklore, ancient mythologies of Asian cultures as well as elements of Christian symbolism, all of which she presents embedded in a sort of post-socialist aesthetic. She has an interest in working with concrete, a medium which she often mixes with radically different materials (wood, dough, paper, beeswax) and often complements her works with digital prints and photographs. Among her cited influences, Czech cubist sculptor Otto Gutfreund (1889–1927) is one of the most important points of reference.

 

Lady with an Orchid, 2017

concrete, digital print on PVC, 157 x 56 x 65 cm
on loan from a private collection
photo: courtesy hunt kastner gallery

Her figures are often arranged in installations that form a story. In 2017, her work Lady with an Orchid was shown at the Meyer Riegger gallery in Berlin at the Catalogue and Monologue show, and also in 2018 at the CHILDHOOD Another banana day for the dream-fish group show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Hulačová places, as participants in a kitchen scene, a man “working” behind a counter, a child observing the events and a woman who is dreamily “wandering” through the space, her hands sticky with bread dough and her face replaced with an image of an orchid (a reference to female gender stereotypes).