Ondřej Vinš
— Pedestrian Thing / Dedicated to the Eratosthenes of Cyrene


Start: on Monday, May 28, at 6 pm
Curator: Mariana Serranová

Ondřej Vinš’s installation, Pedestrian Thing, can – according to the artist – be understood as a “mechanical-chemical record”. However, in reality, this several-month-long experiment, whose name is borrowed from the eponymous collection of poems by Petr Kabeš, bears in itself the inescapable poetry of absurdity. Its resulting format is, from a creative perspective, both subtle and liberating. He unexpectedly paraphrases the finesse characteristic of photo documentation, without paradoxically, during the process of recording individual phases of movement in the landscape, his camera finding any sort of use.

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Fotograf OPEN-CALL
— Non-Work / Occupied by Leisure Time

until June 16, 2018

Fotograf issues an open call for professionals, amateurs, and students who are invited to submit their photo projects that will be published in a printed issue of the Fotograf magazine. The projects may be related to this year’s theme of the festival and magazine, “Non-work: Occupied by Leisure Time” – where that means any activity on the border between so-called free time and work. What is a leisure time? How does this socially constructed scheme affect our perception? Projects that are not related to the topic, but represent a distinctly defined project of an independent and non-commercial character will be accepted as well

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Skutek Association Members Meeting and Launch of the “Social Status of Artists, Curators and Critics” brochure

on Thursday, June 21, at 6 pm

The regular members meeting of the Skutek Association take place at Fotograf Gallery. It will be followed by the launch of the brochure “Social Status of Artists, Curators and Critics”.

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Daniela & Linda Dostálková
— We are still the same and you are always more


Start: on Monday, May, at 6 pm
Curator: Jiří Ptáček

The exhibition, We are still the same and you are always more, uncovers the structure of affective relationships between nature, technology and our physicality. Our predominant desire for symmetry is suppressed by multiple repetitions and becomes a performance force; an imitation of seemingly classically chosen techniques and a format that turn all actors into living exhibitions.

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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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New Location of Fotograf

The gallery, magazine and festival have new facilities as of September 2017. We have expanded our exhibition area and have guaranteed respectable space for our art; space we feel corresponds to the demands of presenting a 21st century exhibit. With new administrative and exhibition space we look to confirm and strengthen the reputation of all activities of the Fotograf 07 z.s. association that have taken place so far. We wish to make the Fotograf work and presentation space into a venue in Prague 1 that people will seek out as a natural cultural center; be it for exhibitions, studies or purchase of photographic publications. 

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Fotograf Magazine

Book Launch    

Launch of the Fotograf Magazine #31
— Body

on Wednesday, May 16, at 6 pm

The theme of the body and corporeality has appeared in photography since the very beginning. But it does not include only the classic and much-repeated nude, already exhausted in its commercial and common academic forms. The body itself is the mortal frame of the human being and its physical existence, whose uniqueness and evanescence we are aware of although we often try to forget about it.

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Bromfiles – Family Manufacture
— guided tour

on Thursday, April 26, at 6 pm

“The Bromfiles – Family Manufature” exhibit’s curator, Mariana Serranová, and photographer Veronika Bromová will present the works of Dagmar Bromová and Pavel Brom, who with their imaginative creations influenced the visual style of applied graphic design from the 1970s to the 1980s. They also had a strong influence on shaping the poetics of their daughter, Veronika Bromová. She was later a key personality in the field of Czech photography and new media.

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Veronika Bromová, Dagmar Bromová and Pavel Brom
— Bromfiles — Family Manufacture

The Broms were influenced by the visual style of Czech graphic design from the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to illustrations, they collaborated on accompanying graphic materials for theatrical stage design and for music publishers. Veronika Bromová was one of the key figures in the 1990s new media genre; namely, photographic post-production and the digitally-manipulated image. She made use of the technical options afforded by the end of the millennium, and did so in an innovative way, just like her parents in their day: they too achieved noteworthy results in their chosen medium of photomontage.

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My name is Red Herring
— The end of 3rd episode (S1.E3)

on Friday, April 13, at 6 pm

By taking on the attribute of series story-telling, Jansa sets a trap (for himself?) in the form of unexpected continuity and internal consistency. Similar to this, there’s the emphasis on a (neo- or quasi-) mythological aspect of the written characters and their storylines. His allusion to the temple narthex with minimalist furniture that reminds one of store shelves, but which also breathes a rhythm of colored lights, intensifies an atmosphere that approximates a business-spiritual transaction, in which devilish demand accommodates a supply of skills that allow us to live through at least a small portion of life without a feeling of humiliation. But what if this is all just a clown-show. The series is a series only thanks to the transplanting of plants which, of course, have the gift of being able to take root in any conditions. Myth is an optional game whose rules can be changed as the moment requires. Skills are just crutches for all the legless and armless who cannot submit an alternative to force-based solutions to “social issues.” Movement in ambivalent escapism and untrustworthiness is, however, grounds for asking who exactly is Red Herring?

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Exhibition    

Jakub Jansa
— My name is Red Herring

The raw-series, Club of Opportunities, has entered its schizophrenic phase. While hope springs in thin, wind-blown layers of sand in a parallel episode “April Showers Bring May Flowers” shown at Prague’s GAMU (The Gallery of the Academy of Performing Arts), at “My Name is Red Herring” root vegetables withdraw themselves deep down into the native underground, so that a vision of political goals and tactics can sprout from the gooey, blind darkness. Glimmers of hope therein are substituted with a promise of power; however, the condition for its fulfilment is of course acceptance of unscrupulous argumentative methods.