Martina Smutná

  • Czech Republic (b. 1989 in Kyjov)
  • Currently in Prague, Czech Republic.
The New Idleness

The New Idleness

  • 2018
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting and video installation - INI Project, Prague. In collaboration with Marie Lukáčová.

  • A part of the #8 Fotograf Festival 2018_INI Project

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    Leisure under Control | 2018

What is the relationship between the upper classes of the 18th century and today's middle-class bourgeoisie? That which could from today’s perspective be called the idleness of the aristocracy (as depicted by, for example, Francisco Goya and Antoine Watteau), was in reality carefully planned time spent in the company of other socially highly-placed individuals – time that was organised, ensured, and supervised by the lower born serving class. As a result, the relationship between those who have power and those who seemingly have none is not entirely unambiguous. I considers consider this type of ostensibly idyllic surroundings in terms of supervision and unwritten rules. These are spheres within which the public and the private intertwine, as well as where the seen intermingles with the invisible.