Bastian Schwind
— After You Broke the Window

Start: on Thursday, May 9, at 6 pm.
Curator: Jiří Ptáček

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.

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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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