Are is a curatorial group which was founded in 2013 in Prague, born of the need for a more flexible and diverse mode of artistic production and its related fields.
It currently consists of Zuzana Blochová, Edith Jeřábková and Nela Klajbanová. Are builds on a collective approach to individual projects, develops international teamwork, and collaborates with academic, educational, cultural and artistic institutions and independent initiatives.
Currently, Are is working on a number of diverse projects of artistic and curatorial research and organizational activities. One of them consists in making public the archive and interpretation of the director, scriptwriter and artist Esther Krumbachová. Another is the Institute of Anxiety, founded by artists Barbora Kleinhamplová and Eva Koťátková, which aims to create a space for the study of the phenomenon of anxiety. Part of this research project also depends on the acquired forest property near the town of Hnátnice in the Orlický mountains, which has become a cultural and artistic laboratory for exploring the problems connected to climate grief, the accelerating processes of degradation of agricultural and forest areas, the advancing drought, and the dying out of small animals and insects. The project LES: Partnership for Cultivation, Theory and Art enlivens this forest community with workshops, lectures, performances, etc.
In collaboration with Kunsthale Oslo and Reading University, Are is also at work on the project EuroNoize, by the art duo Pil and Galia Kollectiv. EuroNoize takes a polemical position against the musical competition Eurovision, looking instead at the DIY music scene including bands of visual musicians in both a local and global context.
The Perpedes Grant will be used solely for the project of the Ester Krumbachová archive.