Kateřina Šedá

15 February 2012
Líšeň Profile (installation view, detail), commissioned by Museums Sheffield through the Contemporary Art Society's Annual Award for Museums, 2009-10

Graves Art Gallery

Líšeň Profile is an inspiring and engaging work which builds on these themes, and is the first by a significant international contemporary artist to enter Sheffield’s collection.

Kateřina Šedá’s reputation has grown steadily over the past few years. She has shown work at Documenta XII, Manifesta 7 and the 2008 Berlin Biennial.

Šedá’s work is based around the community where she lives in Brno-Líšeň in the Czech Republic. She uses performance, staged activities and public interventions to reactivate communities and create social interaction. For Líšeň Profile, Šedá has worked with 500 participants from across the Czech Republic. She invited them to her home town to create a portrait of Líšeň and its inhabitants, exploring connections between people, community and place.

The resulting work for Sheffield’s collection was shown for the first time as part of the public programme at The Graves Art Gallery in February 2011.


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