Antonín Brinda - Act of Ideology
Antonín Brinda (born 1990) explores the relationship between state ideology and sexuality. His work is inspired by Louis Pierre Althusser’s Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses, which describes the principles by which a state influences its citizens and defines their place in society.
In Brinda’s view one ideological state apparatus is human sexuality, which he divides into two models. The first is the family model, which continues to be the most supported in terms of legislation. As the Czech saying goes, “families are the building blocks of the state”. Citizens are productive, are classified within a system, and their intimate sphere is controlled. The second model is the individual whose sexual activities are not regulated and who frequently changes sexual partners. From the state’s point of view, however, in the end effect the difference between these two models is insignificant. The individual is still productive, and his/her (sexual) rebellion is merely an illusion.
The exhibition “Act of Ideology” at the Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region (GASK) asks whether it is possible to free oneself from the ideological framework of the life of the individual – and if so, how to do it. Brinda finds one possible answer in the relationship between sexuality and love – the state can regulate relationships, but not love.
Antonín Brinda, Lenka Benešová and Radka Zahradníková
photo: Lenka Benešová