Fotograf Gallery

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.

David Fesl and Isabela Grosseová (eds.)

Authors: Anne-Claire Barriga, Oldrich Bystřický, Polina Davydenko, Daniela & Linda Dostálkova, David Fesl, Isabela Grosseová, Jiří Havlíček, Jakub Jansa, Edith Jeřábková, Šimon Kadlčák, Zuzana Krišková, Marie Lukáčová, Lenka Vítková

Graphic design: Daniela & Linda Dostálkova

The publication is supported by the AVU Publishing House

Part of the evening will be reading from the book

The publication of the book is closely related to the exhibition of the Studio of Photography (David Fesl, Isabela Grosseová, GAVU, 2018), which at the same time looked like the newly established Studio of Documentation of Artworks and Exhibitions at the Academy of Fine Arts. This initiative was intended to highlight the fact that there has never been a photography studio at the Academy in its history. The exhibition itself consisted of an environment that was gradually filled with art and accompanying programs. The visitor could bring her work to the photographic studio, where it was documented for free, participate in performances, live filming, and last but not least, be part of the selection procedure for the head of the imaginary Studio of Photography. Thus the exhibition fulfilled three basic functions, served and enabled, opened the topic and explored it, initiated collaboration.

The activities and operation of the Studio of Photography were: Adrian Altman, Jiří Bartoš, Radek Brousil, Lucie Doležalová, Jiří Havlíček, Oskar Helcel, Václav Janoščík, Daniela Junášková, Markéta Kinterová, Václav Kopecký, Pamela Kuťáková, Vanda Michalská, Martin Polák, Iveta Schovancová, Mariana Serranová, Sláva Sobotovičová, students of the studio of the visiting artist UMPRUM, Jiří Thýn, Martin Toldy, Aleksandra Vajd, Marie Štindlová

The editors thank everyone who participated in the book and exhibition, including the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

The event is part of the celebrations of AVU 220.


Fotograf Gallery is supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture and during the year 2021 by a grant from the City of Prague amounting to 630 000 CZK.