Ke sklárne 3213/15, 150 00 Praha 5

Andy Kassier / Christian Falsnaes / Isabella Fürnkäs / Basim Magdy / Pia Sirén / Marianne Vlaschits / Anna Witt



Friday 13.04.2017

The exhibition «Fake it till you make it» at the Center for Contemporary Art MeetFactory in Prague takes on the increasing trend of pushing oneself to a more efficient and improved persona through different strategies and methods proposed in ‘self-help’ books. In times when life becomes a performance due to the permanent attachment to and accessibility of (social) media, it hardly comes as a surprise that we turn to self-help books and their appealing promises of healthier, happier and more successful lives.

In a humorous manner this exhibition presents three chapters on core themes in the self-help culture: «Fulfill your potential», «Be religious about your workout» and «Take a deep breath». With this, the show mirrors existing self-improvement tactics such as introducing rituals to your life, establishing forms of self-marketing or positive thinking and getting out of your comfort zone.

The audience can expect artworks – partially commissioned – that introduce methods and strategies on how to increase one’s well-being or gain a winning position in society. Some of the artworks reflect a shiny and glamorous vision of reality, while others reveal a behind-the-scenes view of many self-help approaches and their pseudo-philosophies.

With the kind support by MeetFactory Prague, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Federal Chancellery of Austria and Rakouské kulturní fórum v Praze.