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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Martin Kollar
— Field Trip


Start: On Friday, December 21, at 6 pm

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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Fotograf Gallery

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.

Fotograf Gallery

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. 

Fotograf Gallery

Event    

Re*creation
— guided tour

on Saturday, October 13, at 2 pm

Enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition with its curators Elisabeth Pichler and Lena von Geyso. Against the background of a constant demand for steady growth, innovation and originality, Re*creation addresses the double meaning of “re-creation” as “recovery” and “create anew”; reflecting on the relationship between production and leisure. On the one hand, pause, retreat, calm, and reflection resist production constraints – on the other hand, they are a prerequisite to develop something new.

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Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Manja Ebert, Paula Gehrmann, Jens Klein, Lebohang Kganye, Clarissa Thieme, What Remains Gallery
— Re*creation

Against the background of a constant demand for steady growth, innovation and originality, Re*creation addresses the double meaning of “re-creation” as “recovery” and “create anew”; reflecting on the relationship between production and leisure. On the one hand, pause, retreat, calm, and reflection resist production constraints – on the other hand, they are a prerequisite to develop something new.

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Fotograf Festival

 

Fotograf Festival 2018
— Non-Work: Occupied by Leisure Time

The theme of the next festival edition is the boundary between work and free time. In 2018, the Fotograf Festival, titled as “Non-Work: Occupied by Leisure Time”, will present exhibitions, discussions and accompanying programmes using the medium of photography to deal with social issues related to work and free time. Like every year, the festival will focus on the specifics of photography and reproducible images as such, presenting the work of both foreign and local authors.

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