Kvet Nguyen
Slovak-vietnamese artist
November, 2021

Mutual otherness (2021)

“What am I actually looking at? A substance of a strange shape without a specific indication. I need to define, I need to classify, I need to know what or who is on the other side. Are you like me? Or are you someone else? What group do you belong to? Do you belong to me or are you external?”

The word otherness causes goosebumps. The ones that remind us of an unimaginable adventure full of colors, and those that spring up when it suddenly cools down and we look for a quick refuge. Both reactions arise from today's dichotomy: on one hand, us as global consumers of benefits, and on the other hand, us not let anything in that could be regarding the other. The anti-colonial vision of cross-cultural identities is the main goal of Mutual Otherness. The project has brought conversations with people of different origins with the experience of local space while transforming their experience into formless movement. This experience then becomes a creative deformation, a process of creation and extinction of forms, but also an event that places forms on the border of visible and invisible, known and unknown, present and absent.


Hosts: Veronika Yungová, Nga Vu Thi, Quynh Anh La Thi, Diana Khwaja, Nastaran A Motlagh, Darjan Hardi, Jason Michael Jap

clothing design Veja Kocarik
technical support Palo Choma & Tomáš Umrian
supervisor of the exhibition Jana Hojstričová
external examiner Jen Kratochvíľ

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