„What is it?“ we often hear kids asking while pointing at one or another thing. It is a question that may disturb our smooth idea of the world commonplace where every thing has its fixed place and name. The answers are usually simple, they enter our minds as if we were flipping through a dictionary in which all the words turn to us with their given meanings.

Then there are questions that are more tricky. They aim into dark corners of our imagination and they often make us picture the whole world in a different light in order to answer them. Into there fall riddles. They require abiding by the rules, creating a basic agreement which provides the players with a certain safety in an innocent game and when encountering much more powerful rival (just remember Oedipus meeting the Sphinx or fairy tale riddles when a prince has to pick from a line of identical princesses the one who is not just an illusion or a modern myth about a hobbit Bilbo who saves his life by riddles when meeting the Gollum). This longer introduction may perhaps be justified at an exhibition whose semantic space is created to a large degree by a couple of riddles (It is white and we have never seen it. It is coloured and we cannot see it.) With such riddles has Tereza Sochorová invited to her exhibition a little boy Honzík Holcman. She saw the boy’s drawings during her pedagogical training and she displayed them at her exhibition Memma i hellan paalen in Galerie mladých in Brno in 2009. In Jelení gallery we can see a similar element of shared or partially rendered authorship she has been working with in the long run. Borrowing already made cultural artefacts whether we call them a postproduction, an appropriation or a remix has become one of the main strategies of contemporary art. While the point is usually to express a power an artist uses to select randomly from already existing material, in case of Tereza Sochorová it is more like an invitation or to evoke a situation in which a part of the space is left to the guest, i.e. a gesture of humility and mutual present giving.

The first drawing mentioned can be read in a mode of a simple question „What is it?“ joined with pointing a finger. The second one is not that easy. Of course, we can describe what is on the picture. But is it really like that? We are facing a riddle or maybe an answer to it. The world of children’s questions and imagination that asks unexpectedly questions with a straightforward purity crosses the world of adults and stands against the necessity to have always the right answer which deprives the world of magic and joy on hand.

Jan Zálešák


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