Cooperation 1 (Machinist)

Anna Hulačová

Cooperation 1 (Machinist), 2020

Cooperation 1 (Machinist), 2020 is part of a group of works, which address the theme of agriculture, and its current state, contributing largely to a deepening of the ecological and environmental crises and their impact on our planet. Referring critically to the aspects of modern agriculture, which targeted a significant increase in production and consumption leading to depletion and extensive soil devastation, the work scrutinizes the consequential disturbance of our relationship to land and food production at large.

Characteristic of its ambiguity, the work depicts the hybridization of man and machine, a technological device used for agriculture. The stylized human figure devoid of individualized features resembles a mechanized automaton, a figure traditionally interconnected with the machines they would operate. Bearing formal features of interwar sculpture and social civilism, where the theme of the union of man and technology was perceived as a positive utopian gesture, the work is characteristic for its relationship with the past, through the prism of which it perceives the present. Cooperation 1 (Machinist), in factbears features of multiple artistic movements, such as modernist abstraction, evident on the surfaces of the sculpture, with linear drawing creating a contrast to the full sculptural form or references to socialist realism with its subjects of labor and a unified collectivized society. The layering and combining of these equivocal motifs from the past lead us down the trail of the relationship between man and technology, which has become a tool for the devastation of nature regardless of its initial utopian vision. All of these aspects, which in today‘s world take the form of centralization, close links with the latest technologies, genetic engineering, and replacement of humans by robots in the near future, take a course leading rather to a dystopian scenario, but above all show the cycle of production and consumption against the backdrop of a broader context and historical background.

Anna Hulačová has exhibited her work at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Netherlands; Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius; Prague City Gallery; Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, Prague; Biennale Gherdeina, Ortisei, Italy; National Gallery, Trade Fair Palace, Prague; K11 MUSEA, Hong Kong; MO.CO. Montpellier Contemporaine, France; West Bohemian Gallery, Pilsen, Czech Republic; East Slovak Regional Gallery, Košice, Slovakia; CEAAC, Strasbourg, France, and Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, among others.