Karolína Kohoutková (CZ)

Residency: June - August 2019

Karolína Kohoutková (1974) is a Czech artist and pedagogue from Brno. The beginnings of her work have been influenced by the studies at the Secondary Textile School and since then she has been working with soft materials, perceiving its plasticity in connection with the human body and topics of innate and cultural identity.

After several years of modist practice, during which she made hats, accessories for theater, television and fashion shows, she began to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno, where she later was an assistant at the Body Design Studio. The return to an educational institution meant for her rediscovering of the intellectual space and the space for experimentation. She dealt with topics where social aspects, experimental design, and performative approach were applied.

In 2008 she was nominated for the Essl Art Award and slowly began to specialize in fashion topics examining them as a specific multi-layered social phenomenon. At the faculty, she introduced a course which links art with fashion and currently is curating young fashion designers who exceeded their department for the Umakart Gallery. After her daughter was born, together with her colleagues, she founded the Photography Studio Divý Tvor. Although their studio is focused on portrait photography, its creativity creates an inspiring and educational environment. In her own work, she often reflects current life situations and during a three-month residency stay as part of the K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in Residence she plans to explore the individual and social status of a teacher – artist.

The residency is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council. The residency within the project K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in Residence is also supported by Visegrad Fund and Creative Industry Košice.