Jiří Poláček
— Not just Smíchov


Start: on Thursday, February 16, at 6 pm
Curator: Pavel Vančát

Jiří Poláček (1946 – 2016) belongs to a generation of photographers who have, since the 1970s, set a new standard for professionalism. His beatnik beginnings, after having emigrated to the USA and his having been influenced by Anna Fárová while studying at FAMU, contributed to this. It all culminated in his legendary exhibition at the monastery in Plasy in 1981. The central topic of Poláček’s work was his native Smíchov, whose atmosphere he has captured in diverse forms since the 1970s and 1980s. Starting in the mid-1970s, he served as assistant to Jan Svoboda. In 1982, together with Ivan Lutterer and Jan Malý, he became co-author of the extensive portrait series, Český člověk (Czech People).

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Fotograf Gallery

Event    

Where did the photographer hide?

Tuesday, February 7, at 4.30 pm

A creative workshop to accompany the current exhibition by Václav Stratil, “I´m Sitting”. We will talk with children about the artist at the Fotograf Gallery space. We will figure out where he’s hiding and then, using a camera, we will make ourselves disappear.

Duration: 90 minutes
Recommended Age: 8-10 years
Max. Capacity: 10-12 children
Free entry.
The workshop is run in the Czech language.

If you are interested in attending, please write us a message on our Facebook profile or send us an email to info@fotografnet.cz.

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Exhibition    

Václav Stratil
— I'm sitting

For Václav Stratil, photography studios are not just places where he has been able to create his effigies for more than a quarter century. These are likenesses in which he uses his face as raw material for his work with expression and meaning. He also draws from given parameters and tested conventions in the types of photographic images created here and makes them into one layer of his preliminary research. At the exhibition, I´m sitting, he presents several series of new passport photographs: “self-portraits” created during the past two years. In these images, he indeed reaches one of the limits of photographic imaging, in the sense described above, so that he can once again discover the autonomous image after exceeding said limit. He also presents his series, Couples, which he decided to build upon after a more than ten-year hiatus.

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Exhibition    

Rafani
— Permanent Transformation

“Permanent transformation” or “transformative permanence”? It’s all the same, because the second word refutes the first. The Rafani group took a chance on some school kids and they, in a split second, turned a gallery space into the monstrous St. Euphoria Chapel. It represents the vital force of man as a blinding, burning light, but also is metaphor for the raging vortex of the collective psyche, overstimulated emotions and torn up folders of the social compact. The Rafani group enters this space with images that touch the nervous system of society and of our age. We would gladly say that they are out of joint, had they any joints to begin with.

Fotograf Festival

Exhibition    

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
— I Am But Pure Gas, Air, Empty Space, and Time

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané lives in Brazil. He is interested in the contrasts between nature and civilisation, between European traditions and the culture of tropical rainforest peoples. He explores the ways in which technology affects our perception of the world. His exhibition is a combination of photos, a collage, a film loop, and the poetry of Stela do Patrocínio. We could separate his works according to the classifications of post-colonialism, neoconcretism, structuralism, anthropology, psychedelia, and post-internet art – but let us accept them as one integral whole.

Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Plain Text

A presentation of select texts from groups of artists, generally their material creations related to the phenomenon summarized in generalized and banal post-internet formulae. The exhibition accentuates elements from the broader creative spectrum of the content in such work, shortened attention spans during internet browsing and general ability to perceive text in digital form. The selection of texts is interpreted through a performance by French artist, Julie Béna.