Pavel Sterec

artist in residence October 2013, Czech Republic /

Artist's statement

"In my work, I often use an inductive method of artistic research. I circle the topic, which is usually quite broad and sometimes only vaguely defined, until a certain amount of information, and, more importantly, a certain number of experience and meetings with people have accrued. Then, I classify, reduce and simplify these. The result of my project is often a complex installation; importance is put mainly on the relationships between its heterogenous parts.

Although I’m working with „knowledge“, I try not to be too smart and demanding of the viewer. I don’t mind if certain relationships remain unexplained. Knowing starts with a glimpse of inspiration and ends with records of memories piling up in archives. Paradoxically, as time passes, these gain the character of something unknown which needs to be researched, explained, or just stared at. Rather than being interested in the accumulation of knowledge, I am interested in its digestion.

My work is usually based on cooperation and a series of meetings with various people. At times, I work with scientists; at other times with children or old people, archivists, curators of museum collections, sailors, or prisoners. My collaborators sometimes don’t know that they are a part of a plan. I am interested in social engineering on a small scale, which to me is a different practice than social art. I also feel close to fantastic conceptualism.

During my stay in Vienna I will research symbolic forests, the education of pensioners and life-long learners, and the specific concept of memorial as seen at the Orthodox Jews, i.e. creating a mental memorial by memorizing a certain text."

Artist's Website
Website P.O.L.E.


Pavel Sterec was born in 1985 in Prague, where he still lives and works.
He studied in Brno, Prague, and Vienna, and graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU) in Prague, he studied under Vladimír Skrepl, Jiří Kovanda, Zbigniew Libera and Pawel Althamer.

Solo Exhibitions

For the Future Audience - Labor, Budapest (HU)
Motionless Exchange - Moravian Gallery in Brno (CZ)

To Suspect - Gallery D9, České Budějovice (CZ)
What keeps Elites Alive? (In collaboration with V. Artamonov) - Galeria HIT, Bratislava (SK)

Don’t We All Secretly Hold Our Hands under the Table Dividing Us? - Karlin Studios, Prague (CZ)
“I Would Prefer Not To” - Gallery Luxfer, Česká Skalice (CZ)
Nocturama - Gallery ve sklepě, Prague (CZ)

Agreement Among Peers - Gallery F43, Prague (CZ)
Colorist - Gallery 207, Prague (CZ)
Low Tension - Galerie Mladých, Brno (CZ)
Hypnosis and Morality - gallery Jelení, Prague (CZ)

Day Before Evening - Gallery Meet Factory, Prague (CZ)
Grocery Outlet - Gallery Potraviny, Brno (CZ)
With the Stream (In collaboration with K. Drzkova) - Gallery 35M2, Prague (CZ)
Minor Mail Robbery - Gallery 36, Olomouc (CZ)

Personal Oil Spill - exhibition space Benzinka, Slany (CZ)

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

Start Point - DOX, Prague (CZ)
Diplomants AVU - National Gallery in Prague (CZ)
Islands of Resistance: Between the First and Second Modern 1985–2012 - National Gallery in Prague (CZ)
VI. Zlín Youth Salon 2012 - Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín (CZ)

Exhibition of the finalists of JCH Award - DOX, Prague (CZ)
Post project - Power to the People - The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (AUS)
Diligence - Good Shepherd Gallery, Brno (CZ)
Praguebiennale 5 (CZ)
The Exhibitor and His Spectators – Brno House of Arts, Brno (CZ)

Economy of Unwanted Amity - Karlin Studios, Prague (CZ)
One Day You Will Lose It All - 4+4 dny , Prague (CZ)
Prostor Zlín -Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín (CZ)
Ears Like Loops - ZONA sztuki aktualnej, Łódź (PL)
Bienále mladých - Dům U Kamenného zvonu, Prague (CZ)
Demonstrace prostoru – temporary art center BLOX , Prague (CZ)
Gaspard of the Night - Futura, Prague (CZ)
Making Worlds - Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem (CZ)

Historical Work - Gallery of Václav Špála, Prague (CZ)
Place and Formula - Kutná Hora (CZ)
Revised Edition - GUM studio, Carrara (IT)
White Paper Black Bride - Praguebiennale 4 (CZ)
Hed - Karlin Studios, Prague (CZ)

Magnesite - Kosice (SK)
Qui Vive? I Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (RU)
Cosmopolitics – Art Laboratory, Berlin (DE)– galeria Nuova, Bucharest (RO)

Agorafolly - ECCA-Central Electrique, Brussel (BE)
Cargo – Boraros ter, Budapest (HU)

Radio Revolten – Halle (DE)


Pavel Sterec: Motionless Exchange - Moravian Gallery in Brno, ISBN 978-80-7027-247-3


Czech Centre, Bucharest (RO)
FKSE, Budapest (HU)

AIR CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw (PL)
VIR Viafarini-in-residence, Milan (IT)

CCA Sharhorod (UA)

Portfolio_Sterec.pdf (pdf, 6.8 mb)