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 Magazine

Book Launch    

Launch of the Fotograf Magazine #33 – Investigation & announcement of the Fotograf Residency results

on Friday, June 21, at 6 pm

Under the title of the issue „Investigation“ we are looking for artistic work systematically examining information as an integral part of the process of creation. Investigative journalism could be an inspiration, which is a fundamental whistleblower of slightly tested democratic systems nowadays, but in fact the most important impulse for maintaining the basic principles of political and social equality. Within the diversity of the presented approaches, we plan to comprise range of examples. A journalistic or documentary photography projects that transcend the format of the report, the ironizing comments of the political situation to the purely artistic projects of wider interpretations, that the important part of is the process of exploring the power tactics or suspicious activities damaging the ideals of civil society.

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Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Jan Kolský
— Here There Will Be Workers

The starting point of Jan Kolský’s exhibition is the organized employment of people to solve the so-called recaptcha, which in the internet environment serves to differentiate people from automated algorithms and bots. They are paid to bypass the control mechanisms and open up space for the spread of spam and other unwanted data, mostly advertising. This situation shows a more general picture of man’s current relationship to automated systems, where one becomes an expansion of the machine. However, it also has serious economic and social consequences.

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Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Marek Tischler
— Better Me

Marek Tischler’s series dedicated to the topic of bodybuilding was inspired by his personal contact with the gym’s clients in Prague’s Řepy. The discovery that their motivation and human nature are often far from what is being imagined by the general public about bodybuilding has led to the creation of an extensive collection of collages for which the material has been used from local bodybuilding magazines. Along with the object created by the rebuilding of an older fitness machine, he turned the gallery into a kind of “field of deformation”, in which the exercise of physical strength, this integral part of physical exercise, is also an artistic process.

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Fotograf Gallery

Event    

Matthew Monteith
— Czech Eden

on Thursday, May 23, at 6 pm

Presentation of the photographic book Czech Eden with the author’s personal presence. When he first visited the Czech Republic in the 1990s, Matthew Monteith was taken with the details of ordinary life in this country in transition. Captivated by the ineffable — a mood, a sense of place — he made repeated visits and in 2001—2003 traveled throughout the country photographing with the hope of creating a contemporary allegory that reflected ideals found in old postcards and Czech photography from the 1920s and ’30s. With their restraint, brilliant color, and thoughtful attention to the uncanny within the everyday, Monteith’s photographs parallel a venerable tradition staked out by masters such as Joel Sternfeld and embodied in contemporary work by practitioners such as Alec Soth.

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Fotograf Gallery

Exhibition    

Bastian Schwind
— After You Broke the Window

The title of the first solo exhibition of the young Viennese photographer Bastian Schwind not only refers to his latest photographic object Broken Window Theory, but also to the moment when the photographic image loses its truism and actively manifests its constructed and subversive nature. In his works, Bastian Schwind has focused several times on this transition in the perception of photography. The modular architecture of the last two centuries and the materials used in it are his mainstay. Expansion beyond the photographic medium is also the starting point and so some of his works technically cannot be considered photographs, even though they are still based on photographic approaches.

Fotograf Gallery

Event    

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.