Bartosz Flak
— Deadlay. On postmortem photography

on Monday, December 9, at 5 pm

Postmortem photography – the past tradition of depicting corpses of deceased people immediately before their funeral, has left behind thousands of incomprehensible, obscure and deeply intimate pictures, easy to find in today’s family archives, flea markets and on piles of discarded waste. On the occasion of Bartosz Flak´s current essay collection, he would like to present the topic of Polish postmortem photography and literary approaches towards found photographs.

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Jan Kubíček
— Actions


Start: on Thursday, November 14, at 7 pm
Curator: Jiří Ptáček

Jan Kubíček (1927— 2013) ranks among the most important representatives of constructive approaches in Czech painting in the second half of the 20th century. The exhibitions in the Fotograf and Pecka Galleries bring our attention to his lesser-known photographic work. While the Pecka Gallery focuses on Kubíček’s journey through photographic themes and approaches from the 1960s to the 1980s, the Fotograf Gallery chose an exclusively well-defined position on the border of photography and action. In the mid-1980s Kubíček was attracted by the possibilities of photograms, mainly due to the possibility to visualize the problems of decomposition and transformation of geometric shapes. He came closest to his mature painting expression in photograms from the series Form-Action, and at the same time he found different artistic solutions for them thanks to the chosen technology.

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Polina Davydenko
— Offline


Start: on Thursday, November 14, at 7 pm
Curator: Jiří Ptáček

The documentary series Offline by young photographer Polina Davydenko (1995) is a sensitive insight into the everyday life of her younger brother Mirda. The level of unresponsiveness to the surroundings and the uncovered boredom of this seemingly unhealthy boy can cause laughter in the viewer. The image that Davydenko creates with the series is in any case unironic; she deems it an alarming image of a member from the ‘Generation Z’.

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Fotograf Festival

Event    

3 x 3 Student Portfolio Review

on Friday, October 11, at 3 pm

Three students from three photography studios of fine art universities will present their portfolios. This year, the teachers and other students from the three schools were invited to our informal portfolio review:  The Photography Studio, Faculty of Art and Design at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Studio of Documentary Photography, Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and Photography studio, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Ostrava.

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Exhibition    

Tacita Dean
— Ztráta / Czech Photos

Renowned British artist Tacita Dean took the photographs for ‘Czech Photos’ (1991/2002) as a student during her stay in Prague in 1991, but she did not present the 326 photographs until 2003. As she says: “They are like the remains of Prague, which no longer exists, a kind of capsule.” This exhibition also includes the 16 mm black and white film ‘Ztráta’ (1991/2002), whose title translates as ‘Loss’, which is an ambiguous record of a lecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague. Both artworks are presented in Prague for the first time.

 

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Lecture    

Denis Kozerawski
— Artist´s Talk

on Monday, November 25, at 6 pm

During the artist talk Denis Kozerawski will focus on central thematic areas and core projects of the APART collective, ways of collective imagination in the creation of art installations, and on how the institutional flow in Bratislava influenced their way of operating. He will present the project Tears of the Sun on Earth, which is currently presented in Banská Bystrica. At the end of the presentation he will show us the film The Most Beautiful Catastrophe.

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Book Launch    

After Life výstavy
— book launch

on Friday, October 4, at 6 pm

The After Life výstavy is a collection of contributions from fourteen artists and curators who reflect on approaches to documenting exhibitions and works of art. The authors were asked to be as personal in their texts as possible and to convey their own experience and reflections on the subject. The book consists of three parts (Manipulation of Facts and Theory, Descriptions and Subjective Truths, Literature), in which documentary photography becomes a positive tool, proof, test or sketch, a means of blackmail, self-presentating stultification and a convergence element.

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Exhibition    

Freedom

The EXXIT group (1995-2000), the core of which consisted of students and graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (including Yrbis Innocent, p3klmn, Peter Hrevuš and Tomáš Porubän) began to express itself fully in the post-revolutionary euphoria. However, its members had contact with an extant and “fragrant, shiny and luminous capitalism” (as they perceived it at the time of their adolescence) already before the fall of the iron curtain made it possible, which in turn deeply affected them. This experience and the spiritual foundation of some of them have been combined with spiritual contact, which was helped by previously unavailable psychotropic substances. The group also achieved visionary states while gathering in a Bratislava apartment on Radlinského Street.