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Barbara Kleinhamplová, Dirt, 2010. Photo-performance. Courtesy of the artist.

Barbara Kleinhamplová, Sometimes They Feel Almost Happy, 2015. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist.

Barbara Kleinhamplová. The Labour of the Eye. 2014. Video, 7', sound. Made in collaboration with Zbyněk Baladrán. Courtesy of the artist.

Barbara Kleinhamplová, Sleepers' Manifesto, 2014. Video, 11', sound. Made in collaboration with Tereza Stejskalová. Courtesy of the artist.

Barbora Kleinhamplová and performer Ainee Sauicki. Summer Open Studio, Gasworks, 25 June 2016.

Barbora Kleinhamplová’s work is rooted in the relationship between contemporary political and economic institutions and the various public they serve. She often collaborates with people from different disciplines and professions, and uses existing forms of group interaction such as a therapy or coaching sessions with actors and non-actors. Presented as videos and installations, these semi-staged situations are a means by which to examine and test what constitutes a functioning society, and what the role of an individual is within its systems.

During her residency at Gasworks, Kleinhampová did research on several interrelated topics such as relationships between humans and technology in an increasingly mediated reality, on how this affects the subject/object dichotomy and how this is reflected by the “precariat” in contemporary society. Through collaboration with people undertaking internships and unpaid work, she will examine the emotions of a social class associated with insecurity and unpredictability. For the Open Studio event, Kleinhampová produced an installation/durational performance, Hand over Heels which featured an audio piece composed of excerpts of texts from motivational letters, OCD symptoms and different kinds of social and psychological questionnaires, smashed energy drink cans found on the streets, and a giant inflatable pair of female hands which were periodically inflated by two performers.


Barbora Kleinhamplová lives and works in Prague. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague and was the recipient of the 2015 Jindich Chalupecký Award. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Fieldwork on the Human Kind, GAMU, Prague (2015); Meeting Expactations, 209, Brno; and Sleepers’ Manifesto, Armaturka, Ústí nad Labem (both 2014). Recent group exhibitions The Rule and the Exception, National Gallery in Macedonia, Ny Show #3, Ny Space, Manchester; Liturgie, Centre Tchèque, Paris; Telepathy or Esperanto, Futura, Prague; Subversive Tactics, The Czech Center New York; and New Now 2015, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam (all 2015). Barbora was a resident artist at MMCA Seoul, South Korea in 2015.

Barbora Kleinhamplová’s residency was supported by Czech Centre London and Arts Institute, Prague, and was hosted in the Juan Yarur Torres Residency Studio.