Milan Mikuláštík
— Makapansgat Project Excerpt: from the History of Photography


Start: Thursday, June 8, at 6 pm

On a technical level, Mikuláštík always sorts out his collages in the same way: the face in the image is covered by the face from the rock and the new image is published online. More varied is the rediscovery of meanings achieved by this ritual act. On a general level, his Makapansgat Project oscillates between commentaries on current events and observing the role of images in creating our vision of the world. On the billboards in the hallways at Fotograf Gallery he, of course, narrowed the themes in his selection of photos so that they relate to the history of photography.

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Tomáš Hrůza
— Uncertain Unfolding


Start: on Thursday, June 8, at 6 pm
Curator: Jiří Ptáček

Tomáš Hrůza (*1979) ranks among so-called photographer-collectors; they’re a sort of counterpart to the mythical photographer-hunters. He collects the material for his exhibitions at leisure; from the discoveries that he happens upon during his travels undertaken as a minority-oriented tourist, an aimless pilgrim, a voluntary nomad or a professional driver. His romanticism has always included a fondness for all things magical and out-of-the-senses.

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Fotograf Magazine

Book Launch    

Launch of the 29th issue of the Fotograf Magazine
— Contemplation

Thursday, June 8, at 7 pm

In Central and Eastern Europe, the tradition of contemplative photography is particularly strong. There are conceptual and performance artists – those who seek a distinctive form of harmony between themselves and their chosen space through meditative activities connected with natural rhythms, using nature as a studio for their actions. In all of these approaches, time plays a central role. Quite often it is in the form of the ritual repetition of similar approaches, when time and never-ending shifts in the protagonist’s life rhythm constantly change the default situation, while, at the same time, there remains a noticeable common order, which dominates the resulting feeling one has from individual photos and entire series.

Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Vladimír Havlík
— Peak Performance

Vladimír Havlík (1959) added the characteristic old performer under his name on his Facebook profile. What does it mean to be an old performer? The exhibition at Fotograf Gallery follows Havlík’s contemporary work on a background of his events from the end of the 1970s and the following decade. Through a practice where he looks at his own past, he reassesses it and lets it be reassessed; meanwhile, he draws possibilities for the present from it. Havlík’s activity in the field of action art had negligible institutional support in the past. His current post-performance work was meant in a way to build on the lack of conditionality and spontaneity that accompanied his events. At the same time, they are self-ironic commentaries on his own artistic identity. Probably like the moniker old performer“.

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Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Rudolf Skopec
— Untitled

Rudolf Skopec (1989) had already begun to establish himself as an author of robust puzzles from wavy scrolls of black-and-white photo paper during his studies at the Photography Atelier at Prague’s VŠUP. The impact of his works was based on the interaction between material qualities and the dimensions of compositions, corporal themes and clumsy technical implementation. The initial image in his exhibition at Fotograf Gallery is a shot of an interior of an unspecified piece of architecture. Rudolf Skopec develops the relationships between its constructional composition and tectonic defects extracted by the configuration of the photo paper; and also between the original and the newly-created space of architecture and photography. He pushes architecture away from its time-space coordinates and physical conditionality – and last but not least he places emphasis on relations between the third dimension in photography and its 3D object paraphrasing. Thus, the installation at Fotograf Gallery is an internally closed, unique network of these and other relations.

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Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Valentýna Janů
— Paralepsis

Valentýna Janů launches her series of presentations in the hallway at Fotograf Gallery in Školská St. 28 with a large-format poster. Artists are called upon, in these spaces opposite the gallery’s entryway, to create their personalized photographic project, wherein they come to terms with the atypical placement outside of the institution; on the border between outdoor and indoor space. The Paralepse billboard by this student at Prague’s FAMU, Valentýna Janů (1994), draws on the roles of disseminator and receiver of news; roles we find ourselves in publicly everyday – either intentionally or subconsciously. The artist stages photographs of carriers of such news; however, she processes the messages in a way that details the paradoxes of communications in an environment full of information overload.

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Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Edgar Schwarz
— Triumph der Zerstörung

Edgar Schwarz (1989) is currently known mainly as a member of the music groups, Schwarzprior and Wolf Trap. Many have long forgotten that he was also a photographer. He himself forgot this as well. At Fotograf Gallery, we are showing a selection of Schwarz’s work from various time periods. Their diary-like character, often supported by frequent use of Polaroid shots, should not confuse us though. These technically low-quality and sexually explicit snapshots are not some sort of home-made porn, but primarily a manifestation of a libertine life-style, in which parties and relationships are wilder, but because of this intense. As part of this life-style, love and intimacy (Schwarz’s main themes) are taken very seriously, as non-negotiable, and the threat of their destruction is always born in mind.

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Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Zuzana Šrámková
— Spodní

A few years back, Zuzana Šrámková (1988) moved to one of the so-called excluded areas in the center of Ostrava; the street bore, in fact, the foreboding name Spodní (this word means “at the bottom” in Czech). She was drawn here not so much by a desire for adventure or her social empathy, but rather in an attempt to “save money on wine”, as she herself likes to say. Over time though, a group of artists, musicians and “random passers-by” started to form there. So, it’s the life of this colorful society: full of parties, concerts, alcohol and also kindness, openness and human relationships that Zuzana records in her photographs.

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