Cabinet derives from meeting Zdenka Hasek (1906-2014), who commissioned architect Heinrich Lauterbach to build her home in Jablonec Nad Nissou, Czech Republic, in 1931 — the reinforced concrete villa was one of the the first flat-roofed modernist dwellings constructed in former Czechoslovakia. Dependent on access to two private photograph archives, one belonging to the Haseks and another belonging to the Svobodas — who purchased and restored the Hasek Villa in recent years — Cabinet compares photographs taken over 60 years apart, bookending the villa’s seizure by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. The project is exhibited as two digital c-prints, a bracket shelf, and an ongoing collection of ‘stand- in’ objects informed by the photographs. Rather than attempt to replicate, the ‘stand-ins’ and shelves acknowledge and take liberty in the gap between both images. The work is continually evolving and improving, with objects being added or replaced. As such, it is afforded an inherent potentiality.

Documentation by Mike Love:
Cabinet (2016), Pigment print, chromogenic print, found objects, shelf, paint.
Cabinet (detail) (2016), Pigment print, chromogenic print, found objects, shelf, paint.
Cabinet (detail) (2016), Pigment print, chromogenic print, found objects, shelf, paint.
Cabinet (detail) (2016), Pigment print, chromogenic print, found objects, shelf, paint.