More than 70 artists with developmental disabilities from Korea and European Union present their works at a collective exhibition under the title ACEP2020 (Arts and Cultural Exchange Project: Special Exhibition for Korea-EU artists with developmental disabilities in Korea). The exhibition showcasing more than 160 pieces of art works is being held from September 22 to September 27 in the most prestigious Korean gallery Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul. Besides artists from Germany, UK, Lithuania, Austria and Croatia, there are exhibited works of 4 artists from the Czech Republic as Dagmar Filípková, Marie Kůsová, Karel Pajma and Vojtěch Šůra. This project aims to provide an opportunity for artists with developmental disabilities to show their works to the public and thus increase their confidence and self-esteem as professional artists. Moreover it shares the message of Happines, Love and Hope as expressed by the titles of 3 sections, which the exhibition is divided into. The exhibition is available online at Instagram. Every day at 11 am there is a live tour and at 5 pm there is screened a video tour. The exhibition is held by Korean organizations HUMANAID and Social Walk and newspaper HUMANAIDPOST in cooperation with the EU Delegation in Seoul, participating Embassies and the Czech Centre Seoul.
Dagmar Filípková(*1960) is an example of a Renaissance man. Brimming with energy she keeps painting, playing theatre and writing diaries. Her diaries have been adapted for a play titled ‘Dasha, get up!‘ (Dášo, vstávej!), in which Dagmar Filípková played the main role. Moreover she always keeps studying. She likes reading books and has been attending evening courses. Besides that she manages to work as a part-time cleaning lady and in a textile workshop. She attends regularly the ‘Atelier of Joyful Creation‘ (Ateliér radostné tvorby) in Prague to create her art works. For her acrylic paintings and oil pastel drawings Dagmar Filípková draws inspiration from postcards, calendars, encyclopaedias and textbooks. Original motifs she transforms into individual pictorial visions characterized by intensive and abundant colourfulness as well as gentle nuance of overlapping shades. Usually she supplements her works by a visible signature and a description of the depicted object.
Photo: Martin Vlček
Marie (‘Majda‘) Kůsová (*1950) shares her youthful verve and joyful view of life full of enthusiasm not only with her colleagues from the ‘Atelier of Joyful Creation‘ (Ateliér radostné tvorby) in Prague. Her works are characterized by thickly applied colour surfaces, in which she subsequently paints with pastels. Her stylized, linear figures seem to come from children’s world, but they exist in the adult world and primarily in her own world. In her pictures she captures ingenuous erotic motives or fictitious stories about illnesses and injuries of the atelier lecturer Otto Kouwen, who became her most source of inspiration appearing as a main character on most of her works.
Photo: Martin Vlček
Karel Pajma (*1979) is a member of the ‘Atelier of Joyful Creation‘ (Ateliér radostné tvorby) in Prague. With deep concentration he creates geometric drawings using gel pens, rulers and try squares. His works resemble fantastic architecture of dreamlike cathedrals. Regarding his interest for geometry, he says, that probably he inherited it from his grandfather, who was a mathematician. The same principles as in drawings he uses when creating three-dimensional objects – he makes small models of paper and threads. In the same manner he uses space imagination when making masks. Moreover he writes poems, which he sometimes recites.
Photo: Martin Vlček
Vojtěch Šůra (*1983) was born with combined disability (Sturge–Weber syndrome). He has large port-wine stains on the face, he can see only by one eye and some parts of the cerebral cortex are non-functional, which resulted in behaviour with partial autistic symptoms. Although he was declared as non-educable person and thus exempted from compulsory education, thanks to the care of his parents he managed to learn to write and count. Actually his mathematical abilities are amazing. He can decompose multi-digit numbers into prime numbers or exponentiate and find roots of multi-digit numbers. Number series are also a part of his large format drawings, which he makes in the sheltered workshop of Home Harcov in Liberec. During last 10 years he has collaborated with an assistant, painter Tomáš Pašek, who supports him, sharpens his coloured pencils or washes out his paintbrushes, but he interferes in the creation process just minimally. His main task is to stop Vojtěch before filling up the whole surface of the picture.
Photo: Ondřej Polák
Exhibition official website: https://acep2020.modoo.at/