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Jiří Havlíček
— The Black Pluto of the Universe


Curator: Jiří Ptáček

Two narratives develop in parallel at the Black Pluto of the Universe exhibition. Visual artist Jiří Havlíček uses them to circle around the definition of socialism through a repeated rummaging through its visual culture. He subjects products “made in Czechoslovakia” branded with characters from Disney films or photographic copies of erotic photographs from Western magazines to examination through technologies of image reproduction (both historical and contemporary), through the museum “display” and both material and symbolic experiments, almost as if he were trying to renew their attraction in order to become, once again, objects of Desire, thanks to which they were, at the time, stronger than the social and political ideals.

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FOTOGRAF #37 uneven ground
— launch of the magazine

on Tuesday, October 5, 3–9 pm

The opportunities to encounter the Other – someone other than myself – are transforming
dynamically, thanks in part to technological developments and the possibilities for sharing both images and other information. However, we often isolate ourselves in smooth bubbles of sameness and the others disappear. Photography mediates encounters, but it is also a medium that alienates. Uneven terrain is a place where we meet; where our relationships take place, whether they are personal or social and political.

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Alena Kotzmannová
— Silicones

After last year’s QUARTZ exhibition at the 1. patro Gallery, the Silicones exhibition at Prague’s Fotograf Gallery is the second instalment of a three-part exhibition series by photographer Alena Kotzmannová, this time including not only photographs, but also videos and drawings. She extends the “crystal” poetics of the previous exhibition, focusing on the relationships between minerals and human industry.

We would like to thank hunt kastner gallery in Prague for their cooperation on this exhibition.

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Fotograf #36 New Utopias
— launch of the magazine

on Thursday, June 11, at 6pm

The newest edition of Fotograf Magazine offers new utopias for the 21st century. It is not only due to the pandemic that we feel a need to stop and consider new ways in which society can function. We invite you to experience a utopian stream of ideas and try out the format of the “critical run”. This is an opportunity for those among you more prone to action to join us for a short run, one whose aim is not sport but mental achievement in the form of a kind of “running debate”. Slow running. In sport shoes. About new utopias.

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Shelly Silver
— Strange Beauty and Little Lies

on Monday, August 31, from 7.30 pm

Screening of selected films by American artist Shelly Silver, who will visit the Fotograf Festival: Uneven Ground X this year. Films such as A Strange New Beauty (2015) or video sketches entitled 1 (2001) and This Film (2018) will present the artist’s range of approaches between post-documentary and poetic narration. At the same time, we will look at topics that she has long been interested in, such as normative and atypical relationships between individuals. In her case, love or desire is also emulated in the way of film recording, repeatedly manifesting from other perspectives, exploring the relationships between observers and the observed.

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Distant Nature

What is our relationship to nature? The concept of nature is notoriously equivocal, the return to nature in many aspects problematic and the questions of how to widely protect the nature from us, who are part of it, not easy to be answered. Reinterpretation and reconstruction of our relationship to nature is related to economic, social, political and cultural changes over time. The selection of more than 20 international art videos and films from 17 artists will take place simultaneously in Knoll Galerie Wien, Prague and MAO / DIG in K13Kasarne Kulturpark Košice.