Isotonic Song
— guided tour

on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 pm

Pavel Příkaský, Miroslava Večeřová together with curator Mariana Serranová will introduce you to the most important starting points of their common creative practice and will introduce the concept chosen for the Isotonic Song exhibition. You will learn more about their approach to combining different media, working with photography, painting, video and performance, but also the reason why the ubiquitous ingredient of the liquid process that avoids the boundary between the living and the inanimate has become a soluble salt crystal.

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Pavel Příkaský and Miroslava Večeřová
— Isotonic Song


Start: on Tuesday, March 19, at 6 pm
Curator: Mariana Serranova

Fantasy images flow smoothly through the medium of painting, technical image, object and performance. An inevitable ingredient in the fluid process that breaks the boundary between living and mineral is the salt crystal, a substance that absorbs a solution of human and animal blood. The Isotonic song consists of the modern mythology of hybrid beings, the subject of internally conflicting corporeality is present at one point in archaic polymorphism as well as in the futuristic perspective of biotechnology.

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Fotograf Edition 2019
— Markéta Othová, Johana Pošová a Ivars Gravlejs

Fotograf Edition is a new collector’s set of photographic art, through which our institution is trying to boost collector interest in contemporary photography as well as the offer of quality, cost-affordable, visual art. Renowned visual artist Markéta Othová, who is also preparing for her exhibition at Fotograf Gallery, photographer Johana Pošová and photographer Ivars Gravlejs contributed to the publication.

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Exhibition    

Dušan Šimánek
— Herbarium

During his more than four-decade-long artistic career, Dušan Šimánek (*1948) has become an unforgettable personality in Czech photography. He works on his open-themed collections both freely and in a focused manner. This gives his work an integrity that he also allows viewers to understand, in his new works, that he has over the long term developed a stance or view that could have easily been defined some decades prior. In a historical context, Šimánek has contributed to the domestic visual culture by highlighting the sovereign creative qualities of the photographic medium. His sensual sensitivity and his ability to accent images’ colorist and structural characteristics have happily expressed themselves in his work. His photographs, however, also show a social dimension; namely, through his choice of models from the field of the mundane “folk” aesthetic. This also applies to his new collection Herbarium in which he focuses on the phenomenon of natural imitation. As part of his basic “analytical” plan, he approaches the subject of artificial plants as if it were an autonomous creative problem of color and grid. His means of developing photos shows signs of a sentimental bias that would seem to correspond to the beautifying role of floral decorations. As a result, though, he leads the viewer to a feeling of uncertainty about the irreversible changes in the world around us.

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Event    

Martin Kollar
— 5 October

on Wednesday, January 23, at 7 pm

5 October is the date on which the hero in this eponymous documentary film, the artist‘s brother Jan, has to undergo surgery with uncertain prospects. So, in this situation, he decides to go on a bicycle journey. During the film, we do not hear him speak and haphazard journal entries are the only thing that relays to us his internal thoughts. This makes the role of Martin Kollar’s camera even more important. It accompanies the traveler, observes situations, finds images that create impressions; all while never ceasing to respect the personal aspect of the brother’s voyage. The documentary, 5 October (2016), is an introverted road movie about a trip that must be taken when one wants to be by oneself.

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Event    

Hynek Alt, Anetta Mona Chisa, Lenka Glisníková, Lukáš Jasanský – Martin Polák, Alena Kotzmannová, Peter Sit, Petr Strouhal a Jiří Thýn
— DiStO 4 „Photo-staging“

on Friday, December 14, 8 pm at the Minor theater

Still Object Theater is a theatrical-exhibition format that makes use of the “magical” potential of stage presentation. It challenges exhibited artists to create scene situations in the form of configurations of static objects and leads viewers to observe them with intense concentration. This invitation to Still Object Theater from Prague’s Fotograf Gallery stems from the emotional kinship of theatrical presentation and photographic creation in atelier conditions. 

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Exhibition    

Martin Kollar
— Field Trip

The pieces in the collection, Field Trip, were created during the artist’s stay in Israel. In Kollar’s portrayal though, he does not share with us the complicated reality of that country. The works essentially lack any journalistic quality. Instead of that, they offer up a vision of a dystopic place that one passes through with a feeling of threat or endangerment and whose technologies in the interest of self-preservation have cast off any and all restraints. A person really does not want to believe that this spectral, sci-fi reality is just a “selection” of that which is already occurring.

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Book Launch    

Tomáš Pospěch
— Agricultural Works / Slušovice (book launch)

on Tuesday, December 4, at 7 pm

The book offers a testimony on a unique agricultural phenomenon of the 1970s and the 1980s and includes period propaganda photos. They come from an archive of discovered slides that Zlín-based advert photographer Jan Regal took for the Slušovice agro co-op (JZD Agrokombinát Slušovice) between 1978-1990. Tomáš Pospěch has interpreted this work and made use of processes typical for agriculture: he removed the photographs from their original context, tended, replanted, grafted, aerated, and then harvested and composted them. The result is a playful book that is a peculiar documentary: as expressive as the artist himself.