INI Project is an independent platform active in contemporary art since 2010. Our project’s characteristic is searching for nontraditional formats of contemporary art presentation and promotion. The Space, placed until recently at Bubenská 1 on the Letná (so-called “Orco”) has become its flagship project since 2013. The Space, which resembled a studio rather than a classical art gallery, hosted several dozens of artists, art critics, theoreticians, art groups and couples. During their two-months residencies, great many performances, pop up exhibitions, author readings, research projects, workshops and other forms and events focused rather on the process of a new artwork’s origination or new ideas development than the final product, were organized. On grounds of our original gallery seat’s reconstruction, but also in order to offer our programs more to the public, INI Project / Space moved to business premises at the corner of Husitská and Jeronýmova Streets. The format of Space functioning as a residential studio remains – in cooperation with our residents we continue showing the process of artistic creation and activity, what happens before the work is exhibited or in parallel with the author’s exhibiting or theoretical endeavor. In the framework of Space, artists or curators can confront their immediate intentions with the public, invite their guests, who inspire them and freely turn the space e.g. into a workshop, a study, an office or a kitchen. Thanks to the INI Gallery’s new premises, the Space is now more open to the surrounding happenings, becoming a part of the “gallery quarter” at Žižkov, the seat of, among others, Galerie 35m2, Drdova Gallery, Hunt Kastner and others.
INI Project is a partner project of the educational initiative UMA: You Make Art, and co-organizer of Věra Jirousová Award for Emerging and Established Visual Art Critics. In the projects just mentioned we focus mainly on the process of art making, its critical reflection and mediation to the general public. We strive to be an open initiative, with local impact and based in the local art scene, yet with the broadest possible professional, geographic and social overlaps.
Another quite specific feature of the INI Project is its alternative approach to a non-profit project financing possibilities. Apart from the support received from grants, thanks to which we can perform our activities, there are also proceeds from sales and leases of artworks of the young and middle generation artists. Making use of our good orientation both on the Czech and international contemporary art scene, we choose artworks based on relevant criteria, instead of treating them merely like a commodity. We cooperate with artists in whose art we believe, who actively exhibit their works and keep developing professionally. Thus we support them in their important, yet not quite easy careers and spread awareness about their artwork to circles that are traditionally not connected to the world of contemporary art.
In 2018 the INI Project, z.s. activities have been financially supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture, the State Cultural Fund and the City of Prague.