Czech & Slovak Rep.

Pavilions Never Change, But States Do: Nothing Happened in Czechoslovakia

Ever since the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993 into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two states have shared the responsibility over the former Czechoslovakian pavilion. But after a conflict over the entry for the 2011 Biennale between the selection committee and the director of the National Gallery, the Ministry of Culture decided to bypass the National Gallery director and legally transfer all responsibility to the selection committee. The exhibition “Still the Same Place” suggests a desire to gloss over this curatorial displacement. But does Baladrán’s Czech work indeed seem more devoid of any political sense than Feriancova’s Slovakian entry?

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei and Jonas Staal

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Pavilion

Organizer/Commissioner:
Slovak National Gallery
Artists:
Petra Feriancova; Zbynek Baladran
Curator:
Marek Pokorny
Open Call?
Yes
Selection procedure:
Slovakia and the Czech Republic alternately organize the exhibition in the Czechoslovak pavilion. This year, the Slovak National Galleries issued an open call. The Ministry of Culture then requested an expert committee to select a project from the 20 received proposals.

Curator

Name:
Marek Pokorny
Gender:
Male
Born:
Slovakia, 1963
Lives and works in:
The Czech Republic and Italy
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Zbynek Baladran
Gender:
Male
Born:
Czechoslovakia, 1973
Lives and works in:
The Czech Republic
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Paris

Artist

Name:
Petra Feriancova
Gender:
Female
Born:
Slovakia, 1977
Lives and works in:
Slovakia
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Politics & Economics

State System:
Unitary parliamentary republic
Ruling Political Party:
Czech Republic: centre-right coalition led by the Civic Democrat Party Slovakia: centre-left Smer Party
Population (World Bank, 2011):
No data
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
No data
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
No data

Alliances


Coalition of the Willing
International Criminal Court recognized
NATO
OECD
Former Warsaw Pact
WTO

Conflicts

Country independent since:
1918 (from Austria-Hungaria)
Last Major Border Revision:
1993 (division of Czechoslovakia)
International Court of Justice cases:
2
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
No ranking
Nuclear Force?
No
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:
A problem that the Czech and Slovak republics struggle with is the position of the Roma, who face structural discrimination in access to education, health care and housing.
Participation in Multinational Missons:
Czech Republic: UN peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan, Congo, and Kosovo.
Slovakia: UN peacekeeping missions in Cyprus, and Israel & the Middle East.
Both countries participate in the NATO mission in Afghanistan and the EU mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.