Edgar Schwarz
— Triumph der Zerstörung


Start: Thursday, March 23, at 6 pm
Curator: Jiří Ptáček

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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Zuzana Šrámková
— Spodní


Start: Thursday, March 23, at 6 pm
Curator: Lukáš Bártl

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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Edgar Schwarz a Zuzana Šrámková
— Guided tour

Tuesday 18. 4. at 6 pm

A guided tour of the exhibitions of works by Edgar Schwarz and Zuzana Šrámková, two photographers who have differing views of life in a punk community in Ostrava. While Šrámková discovers images inside a community residing in one of the buildings in Spodní Street in a socially-excluded part of town, Edgar Schwarz sees a community of people as those who surround him; a place where he is always the center of the group, along with a woman he had a fling with and mainly his own Eros, or his cunning and malicious sense of humor and his flaunted disdain for convention.

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Frazier King
— The Keys to Creating a Photography Collection

29. 10 at 6 pm

Frazier King, whose collection in Houston (Texas) has been exhibited publically and in private showings, will share the experience of making his own photography collection. The talk will give a brief history of collecting and will describe sources available today. Different categories of photography and major themes will be described. There will be a discussion of how you can select from these themes and become your own curator of a collection that reflects your life and states your philosophical values.

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Not just Školská
— Creative Workshop

Saturday, March 18, at 4 pm

We invite you to a creative workshop led by Barbora Smetanová. It focuses on the currently running exhibition of Jiří Poláček’s works, “Not just Smíchov”. Join us with your kids and together we will look at Jiří Poláček’s photographs. We will talk about of what, how and why he made his earlier works, and at the end we will go outside to take pictures of the “horrors” of the streets. 

Duration: 120 minutes. Recommended Age: 8-11

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Jiří Poláček
— Guided tour

úterý 7. března od 18 hodin

A guided tour of exhibition by Jiří Poláček, Not Just Smíchov, along with his artist-colleagues and friends Iren Stehli, Jan Malý and Dušan Šimánek. Pavel Vančát, the exhibit’s curator as well as a theoretician and historian, will give open remarks at the event. The exhibition will close with a commented projection of photo documentation from the legendary exhibit, 9 x 9, which took place at the Cistercian monastery in Plasy. The latter, held in 1981, became the culmination of work by a generation of photographers associated with theoretician, Anna Fárová.

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Jiří Poláček
— Not just Smíchov

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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Where did the photographer hide?
— workshop

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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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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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.