FIELD GUIDE TO THE CZECH PSYCHE báječná kniha
Prague-based Canadian artist Jessica Serran spent two and a half years walking the “field” and trying to answer the questions, “What does it mean to be from a particular place, and how does that place affect your sense of self?” The project has a particular relevance to Serran given her Czechoslovak ancestry, her interest in how the past both shapes and informs the present, and her work as a psycho-cartographer. Based on a series of nine interviews with Czech citizens and the collection of personal photographs that each participant provided, Serran delves into these questions and responds to them visually, weaving together thoughts, stories and gathered images in landscapes that map out this terrain where identity meets place and the past meets the present.
Jessica Serran is an Artist, Psycho-Cartographer and founder of theBECOMING
- an online educational platform for artists. Over the past 15 years she has used
drawing and painting to make visible and give physical form to the parts of self
that often remain hidden and hardest to touch – memory, trauma, the past,
identity, desire. Like picking at scabs, she creates images that touch the
wounded and sensitive, overlooked and oft-forgotten parts of the psyche. She
believes that it is in touching these places and diving into the darkness that we
find the metaphorical gold.
Working as a Psycho-Cartographer she has been found amongst Latino Day
Labourers and residents of Oakland, California asking questions about place
and personal experience; creating dialogue between artists and their audience
at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids Michigan, and
exploring identity and place in the land of her ancestors – the Czech Republic.
Her most recent project, Field Guide to the Czech Psyche, examines the
intersecting points where history, culture, nationality and identity in a postcommunist landscape converge in the psyche of its people.
Her approach to ethnography has been called revolutionary. Recently named a
Leader of the New Cool in Prague, she has exhibited and published her work in
the Czech Republic and throughout North America and been featured in Art 21,
Lidové Noviny, expats.cz and The Prague Post.
Supporters of her work have included the Ontario Arts Council, the Arts and
Theatre Institute of Prague, CESTA – the Cultural Exchange Station of Tábor, CZ,
the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, the California Institute of
Integral Studies, and a myriad of backers through a highly successful Indiegogo
crowdfunding campaign that helped bring the Field Guide to the Czech Psyche
More of her work can be seen at
|Obsahuje||Kniha + 10 plakátů|
|Jazyk||CZ + ENG|