Kateřina Gabriel Konarovská
I was born 1988 in Prague, in Czech Republic, former Czechoslovakia. Since 2012 living in Den Haag, Netherlands.
I graduated in visual art at West Bohemian University in 2011 from Illustration, same year I moved to Germany and awarded an internship in C&A as textile designer in Dusseldorf. Year later I moved to The Netherlands to study fine art and graduated in 2015 from The Royal Academy of Art in fine art at painting department.
I like to use different forms, the main one the painting, which reappears in other playful interactive languages of textile patterns, glazes and tapestries. I write lyrics and perform them in the Dutch-Czech band MARIA. In the content, I portray invisible experiences and dreams that overlap with external stories. I collect myths of our modern folklore of the cityman and nature.
Sometimes it seems that painting is not so trendy nowadays, but on the contrary, it seems to me that in times of hustle, theory and truth, it is one of the few opportunities for immersion and break, without which I would not be able to concentrate on painting. Assigning colors to experiences, searching for composition and themes… instead of focusing on external events, people and technology, seems to me to be crucial for today’s hectic times.
Once upon a time, I felt that this reality was not what we thought in a society governed by faith or reason. Time for example. As if it is a living animal changing speed and trajectory. This would also affect the places and it´s history of past events. The old towns, the library, the antique shops, are filled with old stories, changing with time and formations in space. Another strange experience would be space – the traveling, where the body would have to be received by the invisible spirit of the city, created by all past and present beings together. Otherwise, one could get lost or unlucky.
According to the Chinese I Tjing(2000. B. C.), the perception of the phenomena of cause and effect is different than ours. It organically perceives life, where the relationship of causes and consequences is synchronous and events intertwine in many layers. Artists often feel it without knowing these lyrics. The Western spirit processes this suspicion in various works of art and scientific theories.
For example, Richard Weiner, a Czech-Jewish German writer (1884-1937), is proud to be a plaything of nonlinear consequences. The same is discussed by the novel by the Russian writer Mchaill Boelgakov (1891-1940) Master and Margaret, when the devil talks to a socialist writer who thinks he knows how his day will go but dies. Related aspects are widely described by my favorite Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) in his description of the unconscious (which includes night dreams – the medium of our soul). Or a book by the American therapist James Hillman (1926–2011), who says that man was already born in his perfect self (seat) as a complete being, thus denying the belief in the linearity of time and approaching the view of I Tjing. In his examples of childhood stories already reflective and show the full potential and mission. All this denies our pursuit of performance, competition and the need for growth. Which resonates with me, strikes me as very inspiring for all my artistic and human activities.
In the content, I portray invisible experiences and dreams that overlap with external stories. I collect myths of our modern folklore of the cityman and nature.
Besides that I co/organize group exhibitions (in Den Haag, Rotterdam and Prague) and biennale art-music festival Itch Tongue. I try to be active in atelier building De Besturing, lately I did artwork infiltration in the city, atelier presentation, audio performances, I received studio visits (from Stroom, Unfair, Glasgow International, galleries and artists). I do workshop for KABK young talent now for 2th time. I exchange knowledge with other members of the building (embroidery technology, textile prints and I’m starting to learn and experiment with glaze and firing).
upcoming and current:
2020 25.9-19.10 Expoplu experiment, Nijmegen, Residency and duo cooperative-show with Chritine Ayo, opening with MARIA music performance
2021 (corona postpond) Glasgow International – You’re Never Done – group exhibition with: Adelita Husni-Bey, Gabecare (Rachel Adams, Tessa Lynch), G.O.D.S. (Ashanti Harris, Letitia Pleiades), Winnie Herbstein, Katerina Konarovska, Harriet Rose Morley, Katie Shannon and Tara Marshall-Tierney.
2020 3.7-24.8. Unfair Amsterdam, group expo: Babs Bleeker, Kim David Bots, Inez de Brauw, Erik de Bree. Katrein Breukers, Tim Breukers, Koos Buster, Bonno van Doorn, Afra Eisma, Joost Elschot, Maurice van Es, Willem de Haan, Meinke ten Have, Raquel van Haver, Jan Hoek, Alle Jong, Natalia Jordanova, Marc Philip van Kempen, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Kateřina Konarovská, Rabi Koria, Joost Krijnen, Rens Krikhaar, Vytautas Kumža, Nazif Lopulissa, Sanja Marušić, Lennart de Neef, Janine van Oene, Daan Paans, Pernille Pedersen, Jaya Pelupessy, Lotte Reimann, Thomas van Rijs, Hugo Rocci, Anika Schwarzlose, Gilleam Trapenberg, Thomas Trum, Jop Vissers Vorstenbosch, Thijs Zweers, Anouk van Zwieten.
4-5 2020 The Balcony: The Town Mouse and the Country House expo between Belgium and Den Haag, with me and: Bora Akinciturk w/ Iain Ball, Flaviu Cacoveanu, Arthur Cordier, Pietro Di Corrado, Adele Dipasquale w/ Marco Quadri, Philip Hinge, Julie Kern Donck
2019 1.11. Dapper, Bad Spirits, Good Souls, Amsterdam Centrum, group: blowboi.bonanza + daddy.hands, Anastasia Kiseleva, Katarina Konarovska, Luuk Kuipers, Clara Lezla, Kasper van Moll, Lisa Smithson, Christian Thomsen, Peer Vink Curated by: Laila van Berge
019 11.10-17.11. Koninklijke Prijs voor Schilderkunst, Royal Palace Amsterdam, group:Simone Albers, Leo Arnold, Cian-Yu Bai, Anders Dickson, Ricardo van Eyk, Meg Forsyth, Vera Gulikers, Kateřina Konarovská, Sophie Lee, Machteld Rullens, Erik-Jan van der Schuur, Hedy Tjin, Tom van Veen, Luis Xertu, Dan Zhu.
2019 2.11. Parkour Shaman, De Besturing, solo
2019 9.11.-22.12. Smells like humanity, Gallery De Zaal, Delft, solo
2019 29.11-16.12. Czech centrum Rotterdam, curator and participating, group: Martin Gabriel, Leonie Schneider, Valentino Russo, Katerina Konarovska, Luis Maly, Roland Spitser
2019 De School, Patty Morgan expo, Amsterdam, group
2019 Prospects and concepts, Van Nelle Fabric, Art Rotterdam,Rotterdam, Group: Martin Gabriel, Alexandra Martens Serrano, Annemarie Slobbe, Aura Rendon Benger, Bart Kok, Charlott Weise, Evita Vasiljeva, Frank & Michiel Goof Kloosterman, Janina Frye, Jochem van Laarhoven, Joost Elschot, Katerina Konarovska, Katrein Breukers, Klaas Jonkman, Koen Kloosterhuis, Laurent-David Garnier, Liselot Veenendaal, Liza Wolters, Maaike Knibbe, Machteld Rullens, Mike Moonen, Nicola Arthen, Rabi Koria, Roland Spitzer, Roos Cornelius, Vibeke Mascini
2018 Emperor is naked, Holešovická šachta, Prague, Groep: Katerina Sidorova, Debbie Young, Katerina Konarovska
2018 Technology in your bed, Pip Optie B, Den Haag, Duo: Martin Gabriel and me
2018 Full room, Moos space, Den Haag, Groep
2018 textile and magazine infiltration performance in den haag city centrum, Den Haag, Solo
2018 Waiting room, Pavilon gallery, Prague, CZ, Solo,
2017 Misttake textile shop, Moos space, Den Haag, Solo
2017 HEMA city performance –out of gallery project, Den Haag, Solo
2016 Hoogtij42,Noordwal, Den Haag, Duo: Martin Gabriel and Katerina Konarovska
2016 Pop-up exhibition, De Belofte, Kunstlifde, Utrecht, Groep: Ana Oosting, Rabi Koria, Martin Gabriel, Katerina Konarovska. Lard Reen,
2016 Exchanging Intimacies, Organizing+participating on international group expo between 1234 mm gallery in Prague, CZ Quartair, Den Haag Group of: Vincent Both, Yair Callender, Martin Gabriel, Katerina Konarovska, Bjorn Barendse, Frank Niessen, Stepanka Sigmundova, Filip Dvorak, Jozef Mrva and Rixt de Boer
2019 Parkour Shaman project with parkour, music and my textile performance in Den Haag city centrum
2019 Co-organizing+participation 10 art-band music festival – Itchy tongue festival II, De Besturing
2018 Performance with my Maria band, Worm, Rotterdam worm.org/production/ed-schraders-music-beat-real-farmer/
2017 Co-organizing+participation 12 art-band music festival – Itchy tongue festival I, De Besturing
2012 Dusseldorf, Duitsland I did a half year fool time internship/job in C&A, I learn to design textile in software or hand and produce patterns for several collection in the world.
2018 Misttake magazine, own production, 64 pages a fictive fashion magazine, infiltrated in to city Den Haag. In to waiting room of dentist, hospital, bar, psychiatry. Its supposed to be questioning the normality of the content and values shared in western medias.
PRIJZEN EN STIPENDIA
1 Stroom Pro Invest
2 Stroom Sport subsidies
Nominated for Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst/Royal award for modern painting at Amsterdam Palace
Stroom Kunst project subsidies: Parkour Shaman
1 De Werkbijdrage Jong Talent is bedoeld voor beloftevolle beeldend kunstenaars..Doel is artistieke ontwikkeling en cultureel ondernemerschap te stimuleren zodat werk tot stand komt dat een betekenisvolle bijdrage kan leveren aan de hedendaagse beeldende ku
2 Mondriaan Jong Talen
3 De PRO Invest subsidie is bedoeld om startende kunstenaars in staat te stellen zich verder te ontwikkelen in Den Haag en een bijdrage te leveren aan de Haagse kunstwereld.
4 Stroom Pro Invest
1 Stroom Pro Deo, Niet-financiële ondersteuning van activiteiten die zijn gericht op reflectie, verdieping en dialoog om het individuele kunstenaarschap verder te ontplooien en ontwikkelen of om het kunstprogramma van initiatieven te versterken.
2012 – 2015 Fine art,Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten,Diploma behaald
2007 – 2011 Illustration & Graphic,Institute of Art and Design, University of West Bohemia,Diploma behaald