(jiří macek) Students of the Studio of Illustration led by Juraj Horváth at the AAAD in Prague created visual styles of fictitious republics. Flags, uniforms, medals, and postcards from a non-existent past resulted in the unexpected contours of new states.
A state needs to have everyone involved so one can have a look at classical drawings, cutout models of specific landscapes, and graphic applications on clothes. There are flags of imaginary tax havens, uniforms that look as if they had been designed by fashion designers, and medals that are reminiscent of jewelry. We are bringing you a sample tasting.
Pirates in cloaks full of spray-paint and paintbrushes guard the comic-book republic called K.Š.A. (a.k.a. the Republic of Crypto-tagging). Vojtěch Šeda marked out its visual borders in magnificent colours of spray-paint through the stencils of key figures.
The Blue Partisan Republic that was founded by the Blue Partisan would stand out at any Olympics. The pure white fur flag by Tereza Šcerbová indicates that those men in white are the guard.
Golden landscapes by Honza Droščák are both beautiful and scary. The golden color and delicately cutout contours of a beautiful landscape represent a country during a civil war. The real name of the S.O.S. Republic is completely different and unfortunately exists.
Thy sky over Lethargy by Katka Sechovcová is clear. The flag is a cushion. Children clothes are in pastel colors.
The continent created in the Studio of Illustration is a truly fascinating country. The mildly drafted stories and final collage of artistic ideas and styles are surprisingly powerful. The issues the word “republic” sparks may be very topical, sometimes unpleasant, and always very personal. It is an excellent assignment with fascinating projects.
Jan Droščák: SOS republika