Fotograf Gallery

Zbyněk Baladrán
— Mikroscope and Telescope of Time

Opening: Tuesday, October 22, at 6 pm
Curator: Jiří Ptáček

We still believe that the mobile image is a certain form of visual thought; it renders thoughts more exact and discovers the unthinkable. This also held true at the time of its discovery more than one hundred years ago; the same as it does today, when each corner of a shared (communal) space has a camera in it. The mobile image frees the eye, it is the negative of time, it shows what the eye can never see:  signs of decoded reality, spontaneity and external movement. It hides in itself a dialectic potential – it is an emancipatory tool and a control tool all at the same time.  As Dziga Vertov wrote:  Our eyes, rotating like propellers, move off into the future on the wings of hypotheses.

Zbyněk Baladrán



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.