An internal world of each person is constantly flowing between another two symbolic areas – private and public. People call the first one a family. Whatever that means, it is in its principle based on trust. The second, public area, is everything else and, for a common survival, society make hundreds of rules there – rules not always related to the true word. If a family is full of innocent lies, it becomes a social institution of individuals estranged from each other though. Communication becomes a manipulative game, disguise becomes a habit. As children may grow up in this micro-space and, not even realizing it, they suddenly lie to their teacher, doctor, ticket inspector, boss and friends.
Through the Family Portrait exhibition, David Bartoš is arguing over what a lie may mean and where is its importance limit. Using the example of one family, he examines the consequences of everyday decisions based on an intentional or unintentional truth denial. David follows the “what if” – the thing people do not usually admit in regard to their self-preservation – and he implements fates of individual family members into a story composed of several parallel universes.