A b o u t
Everything Is Perfect by Kateřina Šedá is part of Project Los Altos, a multisite exhibition presented by SFMOMA between November 9, 2013, and March 2, 2014, in Los Altos.
K A T E Ř I N A Š E D Á
(b. 1977) lives and works in Brno–Líšeň, Czech Republic. She studied at the Secondary School of Arts and Crafts in Brno and, from 1999 to 2005, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (under Professor Vladimír Kokolia). In 2005 she was awarded the Jindřich Chalupecký Award, and she has subsequently received a series of international awards.
In her actions, which she often implements in the countryside or the suburbs, Šedá tries to establish bonds between the local people. With the aid of their own (provoked) activities and the unconventional use of everyday resources, she attempts to arouse a permanent change in their behavior.
Šedá has exhibited internationally at such venues as Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany (2013); the Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); Kunstmuzeum Luzern, Switzerland (2012); Tate Modern, London (2011); the Mori Museum, Tokyo (2010); the New Museum, New York (2009); Manifesta 7, Bolzano, Italy (2008); the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008); the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2008); and Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007).
I worked with the largest number of salamis in the project Homeless (2000).
The longest gallery came about during the event Window Exhibition (2001), in which I involved 150 Líšeň citizens.
I felt most embarrassed while drawing during Quiet please! I’m painting (2002).
The most tomato sauce was eaten during the game There Is Nothing There in Ponětovice, Czech Republic (2003).
I mimicked my parents for the longest period in 2004, when I kept it up for a whole 24 hours.
I saw the largest number of tools during the project It Doesn’t Matter, when my grandmother Jana drew the entire inventory of a hardware store (2005–7).
I asked the largest number of stupid questions as part of the action Once a Day Before Meals.
The project participant with the most legs was the dog Ajda, whom I tried to bring back to life after the death of her mistress (Her Mistress’ Everything, 2007–10).
I got the most letters during the project For Every Dog a Different Master (2007).
I climbed over the most fences (more than 80) on June 22, 2008 (Over and Over).
The drawing with the greatest number of authors (315) was created as part of The Spirit Of Uhyst (2010).
The greatest number of holes was created during the action No Light (2010–13).
The most enclosed space was Mirror Hill in Hungary (2010).
I worked with the largest number of people (8,000) in the project Líšeň Profile (2010–12).
The greatest transformation occurred in the five-year project From Morning Til Night (2011–15).
I encountered the greatest fun and also nervousness with six teenagers in Zastávka by Brno (At Sixes and Sevens, 2012–13).
I awarded the most medals (450) in the competition Catching Nightjars (2013).
The youngest person with whom I did an independent project is my daughter Julie; at the time, she was four years old (Mommy, Look at Me!, 2013).