Reports

Marie Tučková (*1994) comes with a new character called Bunny. The artist departed from her previous virtual alter-ego Ursula Uwe and left the internet “safe-zone”.She began to crochet and through selfproduced masks conveys her feelings brought about by today’s virtual anonymity. Tučková belongs to the generation of artists who grew up in an era of the Internet, which fundamentally shaped her aesthetics and way of thinking. Marie Tučková is a graduate of the Bachelor studies at the Department of Photography of Aleksandra Vajd and Martin Kohout at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and in 2017 she was awarded the Prize EXIT. Last year she participated in the group exhibition Medium: Figure at the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace. “I think there is a chance we might be connected. – No need for others they have faded anyway. – 404 not found.” After originally making videos and studying photography, Marie Tučková has turned to writing texts and crocheting. She designed and created props – three anonymous masks and a shelter for her story about Bunny. The Bunny of her story is neither human nor animal, but a fictional being whose gender is unimportant. The text is poetic in form, cleverly encoded in English as a universal linguistic code possessing the potential for an emotional and at the same time impersonal tone. Tučková works with her emotions and the associated memories, and inserts spoken and sung audio-installations into the text as well. The primary material that she works with is a melodic polyphonic text that is slowly transformed into a song with its own rhythm. The character of Bunny is based on two real-life models: the artist herself and her brother. In the text, Bunny, who is present from the very first moment, is hiding in his shelter from the world. He does not yearn for human touch. The boundaries between his body and the world become blurred. Bunny succumbs to nostalgia, leaves his body, watches it from the outside, and laughs at it. He rejects a mirror as something unimportant. The two-way nature of situations and roles, the duality of perception and possible answers, putting oneself into another person’s shoes – these are the subjects of Marie Tučková’s Episode One: Bunny’s Departure. Marie Tučková was born in 1994; she is a graduate of the Bachelor studies at the Department of Photography of Aleksandra Vajd and Martin Kohout at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague where she studied between 2014 and 2018. In 2017, she spent a semester studying at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem under the mathematician and artist Miri Segal.

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