Tacita Dean
— Ztráta / Czech Photos


Start: on Thursday, October 10, at 6 pm
Curator: Pavel Vančát

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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Freedom


Start: on Thursday, October 10, at 6 pm
Curator: Lucia Gavulová

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.

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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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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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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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Lecture    

Gvantsa Jishkariani
— How did we start an art gallery with no money?

on Tuesday, September 24, at 6 pm

How can project spaces change art and society? How can shifting aesthetic values impact human wellbeing? Why is our measure of success the volume of fails artists do with our help? How can we allow strangers to use our space, using energy for experiments? Artist, curator and gallerist Gvantsa Jishkariani will talk about her own art practice and experience in gallery creation and the impacts her galleries have on Georgian art.

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Lecture    

Beáta Istvánkó
— Self-publishing Practices in Hungary in the Post-digital Era

on Wednesday, September 11, at 5 pm

The notion of artistic publishing has changed over the past few decades, in particular with the expansion of the art market, as well as the globalization of artistic practices. This is combined with the advent of the digital and the introduction of new modes of production and circulation. Print and digital projects employ experimental formats, blurring distinctions between the art press, curatorial experiments, and other publishing enterprises. The aim of the presentation of the curator and art historian Beáta Istvánkó is to summarize the history of independent art publishing in Hungary after 2000 through the activity of the Budapest-based ISBN books+gallery.