Eva Jiricka - If I Couldn’t Do This, I Wouldn’t Know What to Do.
“If somebody would come and wash my car, it would be nice. It would be nice, it would be done, but I wouldn’t pay for it. Sometimes I think that for many people, this is the same with art.”
Eva Jiricka, video and performance artist from Prague, translates intellectual concepts into everyday life in her work. She deals with concepts of others, of sexuality, of the menace of the stranger, of cities, as well as of the artist’s existence. There often exist prejudices which we consciously or unconsciously carry around with us and whose traces we leave behind in the form of actions, objects, writings, and visual templates, which we are fed to us by the media and which we gladly consume. In her video work, Jiricka reenacts these collective pictures. She represents them. She exposes them. She realizes them for us. She opens our eyes. Wide.
During her stay as an artist-in-residence at the Galerie Space in Bratislava, made possible by the Visegrad Foundation, we had the opportunity to speak with Jiricka over her work and her artistic self-understanding. The video sequences shown in the podcast were provided to us from the artist. They include clips from her works from 2004-2008: “New Home”, “Morning Cleaning”, “Drive”, “Merkmale” (“Characteristics”), and “Shit in the Garden”. (wh/jn)