Political Correctness For Sale: artist Milan Kohout's "performance art situations" exhibit
"Political Correctness For Sale" : large poster print exhibit depicting the "Performance Art Situations" of political performance artist Milan Kohout; co-presented by Mobius, Inc. and the Midway Gallery.
By: Mobius, Inc.
Performance artist Milan Kohout was born in the mid-50's in what is now the Czech Republic. He can get under one's skin very quickly, making blood curdle. If that happens, and one grinds their teeth in the process, then his mission is accomplished. But only for that moment, for Kohout's mission is relentless and ongoing. It has been this way for over 40 some odd years.
Growing up in what was formerly known as Czechoslovakia, Kohout became very active in the Czech underground, as part of a movement known as the "Second Culture." As a result of his political activities, and in spite of his aspirations to obtain an electrical engineering degree at the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Plzen, he was forced by the government to work in such occupations as a coal stoker for the Ethnographic Museum in Prague.
In 1986, Kohout was exiled by the Czechoslovakian secret police, and spent two years in a refugee camp in Austria. He was finally granted political asylum in the United States in the early 90's, moving to Boston, switching careers by obtaining a diploma from the Museum School. Since then he has taught performance art as political action. He has consistently inspired his students to engage in experimental performance art, focused mainly on politics, human rights, and criticism of religious organizations and ideologies.
Kohout is featured in filmmaker Tim Jackson's "Radical Jesters" (specifically within the "performance art/agit-prop street theater" segment, starting at 57:00-1:02:40, then again at 1:12:50-1:13:
Political Correctness For Sale features enlarged poster-like photo stills that highlight the many aspects of Milan Kohout's performance work, while also exemplifying his conviction to keep at it, no matter what performance avenues need to be explored, in order to not only raise awareness, but also to inspire others to pick up his mantle and transform that into their own action. Free and open to all. For more information:
Further examples of Milan Kohout's work can be found at:
Further background links on Milan Kohout:
--submitted by marycurtinproductions
(on behalf of Milan Kohout)