After the Order, 2006

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Photocollage documenting the performance "After the Order", large-scale digital print; accompanying text and photo (1911 caricature of "The Pyramid of Capitalist System")
Dimensions variable
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

In After the Order Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkácová tackle the issues of hierarchical distinctions between individuals and groups within societies or cultures. The artists transpose the concept of class society onto Slovakian society by creating a living sculpture structured by criteria such as occupation, education, income, power and social prestige.
 The presentation takes the form of a pageant, inspired by The Pyramid of Capitalist System (a poster published by the Industrial Worker in 1911), translated into the present day, since today "the theoretical focus has shifted from class as a subject of history to the cultural constitution of subjectivity, from economic identity to social difference. In short, political struggle is now seen largely as a process of differential articulation" (Hal Foster). After the Order is a giant human monument, referencing the "human ornaments" of Spartacist agitprop parades and celebrations. It is staged on Bratislava’s historically memorable Freedom Square, previously Gottwald’s Square, the former site of a socialist memorial named after the communist president of Czechoslovakia, which is today replaced by the Fountain of Friendship.

Anetta Mona Chisa: *1975 in Romania I Living and working in Berlin, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic
Lucia Tkácová: *1977 in Slovakia I Living and working in Berlin, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic
Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkáčová have been collaborating since 2000, to produce intellectual, acerbically humorous works that challenge gender stereotypes, the processes of making and marketing art, and the repressive insider-outsider dichotomies of political and cultural systems. Everything and everyone is fair game for their provocative, irreverent videos, installations, performances, and text-based works. 

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