Stephanie Kiwitt
— Máj/My


Start: on Thursday, December 19, at 6 pm
Curator: Jiří Ptáček

The series ‘Máj/My’ of the German photographer Stephanie Kiwitt was created between 2015 and 2018 in Prague. Its imaginary epicenter is a department store of which two provisional names, the original Máj and the subsequent My refer to two epochs: the working class era celebrated in May during socialist Czechoslovakia, and the time of individualized consumers and owners who were spoiled by corporate capitalism.

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Fotograf Gallery

Lecture    

Erik Vilím
— Man, those theories

on Tuesday, December 17, at 6 pm

In current art discourse, the so-called “turnovers” are constantly changing. The movement takes place from Object-Oriented Ontology to Emo-Romantic Turn, at times from the Ethnographic Turn to the Speculative Turn. The constant overshooting of the language of art criticism reflects today’s state of art theory. In his lecture, Erik Vilím will attempt to describe the intellectual land (Wolfgang Iser) of the theory of art and its impacts on the state of art criticism. On this basis, he will try to critically comment on his own dissertation’s thesis.

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Fotograf Gallery

Lecture    

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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Fotograf Gallery

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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Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Jan Kubíček
— Actions

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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Fotograf Magazine

Exhibition    

Polina Davydenko
— Offline

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.