Tomáš Svoboda and Tereza Velíková
— giuded tour

Tuesday, Dcember 12, at 5 pm

We cordially invite you to visit a guided tour of the exhibitions by Tomáš Svoboda, Giotto, and by Tereza Velíková, Interplay. You will learn what Halley’s Comet speaks about to Venus in Svoboda’s videos, what are the pitfalls of human knowledge and why the emotions of the women in Velíková’s videos change so quickly.

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Tomáš Svoboda
— Giotto


Start: Thursday, November 16, at 6 pm
Curator: Jiří Ptáček

The works of Italian painter, Giotto di Bondone, were considered key to historic changes in the definition and construction of space in a (painted) image or picture. If the visual artist, Tomáš Svoboda, has a relationship to the latter through his new videos seven centuries on, he hasn’t done so only because of three fleeting, if in no case accidental, references to the artist’s name. Mainly, it is so, due to the idea of a change in approach defining a radically different “perspective.” Through his skeptical stance on overcoming deeply engrained thought patterns and limits in the defining language, this change cannot of course play itself out thanks to us humans; no, it has to come from somewhere else. Giotto’s exhibition therefore takes shape in conceptual, low-tech sci-fi that relates not only to the boundaries of human knowledge, but also to the role of art in the eventual surpassing of said boundaries.

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Tereza Velíková
— Interplay


Start: Thursday, November 16, at 6 pm
Curator: Lenka Dolanová

In Tereza Velíková’s videos, speech is not a simple means for understanding. It has parts that include various halts and pauses. Here, we have also intentionally left in errors and slips of the tongue. Dialogue subtly fills in (enhances) quotes from the artist’s older works; there are ample elements of irony and hints of situation comedy. An interlude attempts to grasp what else can be done with theatrical texts: what can be inside or outside the theater. It provokes contemplation on the universality and theatricality of tense emotions. Removing scenarios from theatrical reality inspires us to think about the roles one gets and is forced to play in various situations; about the desire and possibilities to step out of those roles; to avoid learning communication formulas and using words differently.

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Christmas Presents
— discount packages for the sets of Fotograf magazine of your choice!

During its fifteen years in existence, Fotograf magazine has touched upon a wide array of diverse topics related to photography and the visual arts. For a discounted price, you can now purchase five or ten issues of Fotograf magazine, ranging from issues Fotograf #1 to Fotograf #28. So to speak Fotograf magazine can be purchased in entire package sets prior to Christmas. Kilograms. Tons. Tons of reading on photography and visual culture.

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Take advantage of our December sales events and give subscription as a present!

Christmas is coming soon and magazine subscriptions are a popular holiday gift. This discount offer, for a year-long subscription to the magazine for 2018, amounts to 360 CZK for both issues of Fotograf magazine. The offer is valid from 4 Dec till 31 Dec 2017. You can print the gift certificate yourself or we will gladly send it to you.

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We’re setting up a Membership, support us!
— We’re setting up a Membership, support us!

Would you like to be a member or patron of Fotograf? You can now join the new Fotograf Club. We must admit that culture cannot function without a long-term focus on deepening relationships between artists, institutions and the visitors. By creating this club, we hope to develop a new qualitative foundation. By joining it, you will get better acquainted with how contemporary photography and the visual arts are evolving. You will get to know the artists better, as well as producers of cultural events. The Fotograf Club is a way to support the activities of the Fotograf 07 association and also a platform for improving communications for those who wish to view art and know more about it.

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Nové sídlo Fotografa

Galerie, časopis a festival mají od září nové společné sídlo. Rozšířili jsme výstavní prostory a umění zajistili důstojné prostředí, které podle našeho názoru odpovídá prezentačním nárokům v 21. století. Novým sídlem chceme potvrdit a posílit renomé všech dosavadních aktivit spolku Fotograf 07 z.s.. Z Fotografa chceme učinit místo, které na Praze 1 budete vyhledávat jako jedno z jejích přirozených kulturních center, ať již kvůli výstavám, studiu či nákupu fotografických publikací, ale například také kvůli příjemnému prostředí pro vaše pracovní schůzky. Za tímto účelem byla vybudována stálá Čítárna uzpůsobená mimo jiné pro účely krátkodobých pracovních setkání. Autorem architektonického řešení Fotografa je vizuální umělec a architekt Jan Fabián. Naším společným cílem bylo upravit prostor tak, aby vynikly cenné původní prvky interiéru i exteriéru a abychom zároveň vyhověli  proměnlivým potřebám výtvarných umělců. O novou vizuální identitu sídla se postaral grafik a typograf Filip Kraus.  

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Fotograf Festival

Debate    

Confused by an Image
— The Kaleidoscopic and Mosaic-like Perception of the World in the Digital Era

On Monday, October 23, at 6 pm

In 2017, the ubiquity of the media comes as apparent, and we filter out the fact that it often manipulates public opinion. We persistently demand the media be objective, but full objectivity is an unachievable ideal – it is always a combination of different perspectives. This also applies to journalistic photography, which we tend to trust and accept uncritically as a true representation of reality. The lecture will focus on several aspects that may be confusing to the consumer of news, and will outline the difference between so-called kaleidoscopic and mosaic-like perceptions of the world through photographs.

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Exhibition    

Trevor Paglen
— How Deep Is the Ocean, How High Is the Sky

Show named after a popular song of Irving Berlin from 1932, year so many times compared to 2016, is piercing through Trevor Paglen’s practices as photographer, writer and activist in a never-ending quest to uncover hidden structure of political climate of mass surveillance society. His work leads us by means of almost romantic, impressionistic imagery to places seemingly lacking any significance, in reality sheltering secret radar sites, data storages, underwater transcontinental internet connections etc.

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Event    

Opening of the Fotograf Festival, launch of a new Fotograf Magazine, preview of the Fotograf Gallery

Wednesday, September 27, at 7.30 pm

New space of the Fotograf Gallery will serve as a scene for the opening of the Fotograf Festival and the launch of a new Fotograf Magazine linked by an umbilical cord to the previously named. It also thematically wraps the cocoon of networks and associations linked to Eye in the Sky as a metaphor for the big data phenomenon, monitoring and surveillance. Lavra will play at the launches and the opening of the festival.

Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Déjà vu (Cup with a Lid)

Thursday, July 20, at 6 pm

The Cup with a Lid exhibition was launched during the week before Christmas in 2009. Pavel Vančát was its curator and it was the first activity of the newly-opened Fotograf Studio. After more than seven years of gallery operations, the later-renamed Fotograf Gallery has returned with the Cup with a Lid exhibition as part of a one-day déjà vu event. Michal Kalhous agreed to a repeat showing of this work during the culmination of one chapter in the institution’s life.

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