Exhibition: May 11 - Nov 11, 2020

Beyond Nuclear Family


Research and exhibition project, third chapter of the Jindřich Chalupecký Society’s long-term project Islands: Possibilites of Togetherness

  • Ncsu installation view 1
  • Ncsu mary maggic 1
  • Bramborarna 3 marie lukacova
  • Ncsu family album table
  • Ncsu family table architectural detail
  • Ncsu installation view 2
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  • Ncsu installation view trash queens 5
  • Ncsu marketa magidova 1
  • Ncsu martina smutna 1
  • Ncsu martina smutna 2
  • Ncsu martina smutna 3
  • Ncsu vojtech rada 2

The chapter Beyond Nuclear Family assesses the family, one of the basic units of togetherness in human communities. It is aimed primarily at providing a critical review of modern, western family model and assesses its historical and contemporary, geographical and cultural, utopian and fictitious alternatives. A nuclear family defined as the marital partnership of a man and a woman living with their biological children represents an unwritten status quo in western civilization. It has become a kind of benchmark against which other family constellations are measured.

Although the nuclear family is considered and presented as the leading paradigm throughout the political, social and educational system as well as the rule of law in the Euro-American context, in reality, this model represents fewer than 25% families in the USA and less than 20% in the Czech Republic. Two more thirds of the population are thus made up of other forms of family and community life: unions of LGBTQ+ couples, adoptive parents, single parents, chosen families and other constellations. Despite this fact, the image of the typical nuclear family still dominates popular culture and advertising, thus co-shaping the attitudes and expectations of the broader public.

Chapters: Parental Goals, Gender and Family, Utopian Family, Family Housing, Absence in Family

Curated by: Barbora Ciprová, Veronika Čechová, Tereza Jindrová, Karina Kottová and Jakub Lerch (Jindřich Chalupecký Society)

Artists collaborating with the curators on new commissions: Marie Lukáčová, Eva Koťátková, Markéta Magidová, Jiří Skála, Martina Smutná, Vojtěch Rada

Artists collaborating on the Family Album: Khairani Barokka, Catherine Biocca, Pablo Helguera, Nona Inescu, Michelle Lévy, Laure Prouvost, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Tai Shani, Triple Candie, Jakub Woynarowski

Exhibiting artists: Clément Cogitore, Binelde Hyrcan, Jakub Janovský, Lenka Klodová, Mary Maggic, Minh Thang Pham, Jessica E. L. Taylor

Exhibition architecture: Vojtěch Rada

Graphic design: The Rodina

Production: Jakub Lerch, Sára Davidová



  • May 11 - Nov 11, 2020


  • Jindřich Chalupecký Society
  • Prague, Czech Republic