The main exhibition of the SEFO 2021 Triennial - Universum at Olomouc Museum of Modern Art, Czech Republic, presents a group of artists from the broader Central European region whose work repeatedly addresses the issues of the determination, naming, composition, organisation and meaning of the elements making up the world we inhabit. Rather than by topic or approach and definitely not by the medium in which they work, these individuals are united by a way of thinking, their use of basic definitions and polarities that we employ to help us on the path to understanding. The human world is paradoxical: the more it longs for unity and wholeness, the more it creates dividing lines and barriers. The tension between what is inside and what we consider our own and what is outside and belongs to everyone, so to speak, is considerable and also critical for our own self-perception.The oscillation around this ever-changing focus then includes artists trying to recreate the moment of experience with what is, what serves for direct touch or view. At the same time, they transcend the boundaries of the real, or the virtual, the possible, and show the great importance of storytelling, the story we share and the language we use to relate it. At the same time, they demonstrate the most important thing, that facts are established on the basis of a common culture, not the other way around. And that art permanently and constantly reveals what it means to create reality. In this constellation, the “universum” is a pliable structure. It is not complete or all-embracing. Its skeleton is human experience with the world – non-factual, complex and variable. What we share is a system of fixed points, and what makes it exceptional is what lies in between. With contributions by Adam Albert, Lubomír Axmann, Uršula Berlot-Pompe, Nikolaus Gansterer, Agata Gertschen, Jana Gunstheimer, Jaroslav Grulkowski, Adam Kokesch, Gábor Koós, Áron Kútvölgyi-Szabó, Joanna Leszczyńská, Jan Pamułas, Karol Pomykała, Ondřej Přibyl, Zdeněk Trs. Curated by Barbora Kundračíková.