for ruling us
Essay Thank you for ruling us, essay, from “Come Closer: The Biennale Reader”, trazit.cz, 2020, photo:
In the early 1990s, my generation witnessed first-hand
the radical social and economic changes associated with the collapse of state
socialism. Most of us were entering an age when young people begin to form
their own views of the world. The earlier social norms were rejected, and new
ones were still being formed. All of a sudden, we didn’t know what was right
and what wasn’t.
In the nineties, we became stuck in a blind faith in individual
personal initiative and in the individual’s ability to subjugate the world
around him by force of will and hard work alone. For a whole decade, we were
exposed to this toxic and masculine view of the world in which any form of
social criticism was seen as weak and backwards. In the world of art, the main
symbol of this approach was Milan Knížák.
In the end, we were saved by the gradual change in
social attitudes at the start of the last decade, which...
You can find the full essay in the “Come Closer”
reader. The Czech edition can be purchased at the ArtMap online bookstore,
while the English edition is available at the Sternberg Press online bookstore.