Rose of Bohemia or: Bohemiae Rosa, Body Weather
Interview with Miloš Šejn
Summary: In the title of the project, two lines which you and Frank van de Ven have connected are intertwined. Can you describe the genealogy of thinking that created the impetus for the organisation of regular workshops in the Czech landscape during the 1994 workshop in Archa?
The decisive factor was the fact that we met, and also the fact that each of us had our own history. Leaving aside the years before 1989, starting in 1990 I taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where I was the head of the atelier of drawing with a conceptual focus. But the real atelier for me has always been the landscape. So pretty soon, in fact immediately, I found myself in a kind of bifurcation: on the one hand there was the pedagogical practice growing out of the mindset of a classical atelier (and it was an atelier in the most generous sense of the word), then the process of finding oneself and finding an artistic language through individual paths, and in between the embryo of a collective search for the relationship between man and the earth.
Interviewed by Miloš Vojtěchovský, February 2022