Who Tells Whom About What

Who Tells Whom About What
Kensington Palace Gardens

Zone 2 - Notting Hill + Holland Park

26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY, UK




25 June to 30 August 2022


An outdoor, large scale photo series of imaginary city models by leading Czech artists David Böhm & Jiří Franta reflecting on the meaning of borders, neighbourhood, and how indivisible the current world is.

Inspired by the exquisitely staged narrative paintings by artists such as Pieter Brueghel, the artists’ tableaux will be displayed in an outdoor exhibition on the fence of the Czech Embassy in London on busy Bayswater Road in the Notting Hill Gate area.

Using imaginary city models with staged micro-stories, David Böhm & Jiří Franta draw on current social and political issues to explore the city not only as a place of neighbourhood and oexistence but also as a crowded and fragmented world, in which it is necessary to reconsider some of the basic ideas. Does the concept of nations still make sense? Isn’t it possible to organise the planet better? Who sustains whom? And can we find a way to stop living at the expense of future generations?

Awarded the Illustrator of the Year Prize at the Czech Grand Designs 2022 for their work on Osamu Okamura’s book City for Everyone; A Manual of Urbanism for Beginners, David Böhm and Jiří Franta present in this project for the KCAW Public Art Trail a distinctive perception of the world and their views on society, politics, and the mass media, while playing with multiple meanings and irony. Using the motif of the ‘fence’, they unite the outdoor exhibition on the fence with the indoor space of the Czech Centre’s gallery, where the actual models they meticulously built are on display, while referencing relations with our neighbours and borders beyond which we are not welcome.

Organised by the Czech Centre London and LUSTR, Festival of Illustration Prague. The exhibition is part of Street Meets (mural) Art global project created to mark the Czech Republic’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.