Roman Štětina explores media culture as a social construct with fixed practices and expectations. His installations, video and audiovisual interventions sensitively interconnect his interest in sound and the spoken word, especially as it relates to radio, film and TV broadcasting, and the strong visual aspect of the objects or situations connected with it. One of Štětina’s main sources of inspiration is the radio studio as an imaginary backstage, which remains hidden from the final recipients of the broadcasting. The artist disrupts the status quo and makes the invisible visible through performative interventions such as the staging of typical production methods like editing or creating disruptions in absurd contexts.
Roman Štětina also finds inspiration in cinematography. He re-edits through editorial interventions - removing or selecting one of the formal (pictorial or audio) components. The common feature of both of these lines is the discovery of new transformations in the viewer’s experience and shifts in the image, as well as “sidestepping” between divergent modes of presentation.
Stetina was recently included in the group show All Watched Over, James Cohan Gallery, 2015 curated by Tina Kukielski; http://www.jamescohan.com/exhibitions/2015-06-25_all-watched-over/thumbnails
Recent Solo shows include: 2015: Souvenir, Polansky Gallery, Prague; Lecture, Gallery of Fine Arts, Zlín (CZ) ; 2014: Mluv, abych tě viděl, Kabinet Gallery, TIC, Brno (CZ) . Other recent selected group shows include: 2015: Silver Lining, National Gallery, Prague ; Graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, National Gallery, Prague ; 7th Zlín Youth Salon, Gallery of Fine Arts, Zlín (CZ) ; The Importance of Being in a (Moving) Image, National Gallery, Prague (2015); Jindrich Chalupecky Award, National Gallery, Prague); Straight to Camera: Performance for Film, Modern Art Oxford ; 2014: Peripheral Vision, IV. Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, MMOMA; Explain Me Not, Autocenter Berlin .
His films and video works were presented at International Film Festival Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) and goEAST, 14th Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden in Germany.
Štětina has received the following awards: PRE Real Estate Deutschland FilmPreis @ Staedelschule Rundgang, 2015 (awarded by Douglas Gordon); Jindrich Chalupecky Award 2014; Open Frame Award (BHF-BANK Foundation), goEAST Film Festival Wiesbaden;
Shortlisted for the HENKEL ART.AWARD. 2013 (winner of the national round); ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2011.