Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová

when you’re adibas and you’re dreaming of becoming adidas / Things in Our Hands
  • when you’re adibas and you’re dreaming of becoming adidas. a theatre play for Europe, Libretto: Nicoleta Esinencu, 2011–2013, Video, 2011–2018, 00:20:34, Colour, Sound
  • Things in Our Hands, objects casted from melted euro coins, 2014
  • Things in Our Hands, objects casted from melted euro coins, 2014

What is money? What projections are attached to it, what is it actually “useful” for? The works by Anetta Mona Chişa and Lucia Tkáčová encourage us to think about this. A Moldovan mother of a boy works in the West, but the boy does not understand why she is away. The father tells him about that wonderful far-off land where money only has to be put in the ground to be harvested at several times its original value. That is where the mother is now. Longing for her and the hope of such miracles also in his home country tempt the boy to try out this method of wealth accumulation in his native soil: the tragedy takes its course. Inspired by a newspaper article, the playwright Nicoleta Esinencu wrote a play entitled when you’re adibas and you’re dreaming of becoming adidas (a theatre play for europe). Now the artists Anetta Mona Chişa and Lucia Tkáčová have written it down in fragments of sentences on 388 plain five-euro notes. In front of the video camera, they are gradually piled on top of each other, offering themselves up to be read. It is, as the artists write, a story about absurd realities, the psychology of money and the abstractness of the idea of the economy, told on money.

For their second work shown here, Things in Our Hands. objects casted from melted euro coins, euro coins were melted down, as the title suggests, and cast into roughly fist-sized sculptures. They resemble primeval, indeterminate tools or post-apocalyptic meltdowns of civilisation scrap. Chunky hand-sized objects, they suggest action and doing and want to be touched. Formally and intellectually, they form a highly poetic contrast to their source material, the cold abstraction of money in its industrial form and utterly useless materiality.


Anetta Mona Chişa

*1975, Nădlac, RO; lebt in Prag

Lucia Tkáčová

*1977, Banska Stiavnica, SK; lebt in Athen

Zusammenarbeit seit 2000

A 2022 mixed up with others before we even begin, mumok, Wien (K); Empowerment, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (K); The Influencing Machine, Center for Contemporary Arts Zamek Ujazdowski, Warschau (K) • 2021 Before or After, ArtivistLab, Prag (E); Hinterm Nischel, Chemnitz Open Space, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz; Football. Realism of the game, Floreasca Sports Hall, Bukarest; Intimacy and spectacle in the age of social media, Sofia Art Projects, Sofia • 2020 To Cast Too Bold A Shadow, The 8th Floor, New York City; Uneven Ground, Fotograf Festival, Prag; Floating Utopias, Lunds Konsthall, Lund; The Way We Are 2.0, Weserburg, Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen • 2018 i aM an acuTe havoc, so i cAn‘t taLk, Calina Foundation, Timișoara (E); a no, A voLcanic attaCk, a hiT, a Muse, Museumcultuur Strombeek,Gent, Strombeek (E)

P Museum III 2.3, Gent 2020 • a Love Can atTack a sun. Ah atoMic I., Bratislava 2018 • n.b.k. Exhibitions Vol. 2 – Anetta Mona Chisa/Lucia Tkáčová, Köln 2009