Kajánek studied at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague and the Academy of Fine Arts. He works primarily in the medium of moving image and photography. While working with found footage from different sources (examining vast archives of internet discussions and user-generated content) he is exploring the tension between ethics and aesthetics. Kajánek has presented his work at collective and solo exhibitions internationally, including ones at the National Gallery in Prague or Vienna Biennale in Austria.
About the project
During the scholarship period, he is going to develop a video work about the representation of migration based on the story of Bohemian religious refugees settling down in the city of Rixdorf in the 18th century. Using archival material, he will contrast the image of the well-known small community of immigrants with the image of today’s low-paid Eastern European workers. Part of the work will be the depiction of the current situation where Rixdorf, which was later rebranded and included in Neukölln, is now under heavy gentrification by the expansive force of creative workers.