designing places, naming history
naming places, designing history


House of Photography / GHMP


Zbyněk Baladrán
Zbyněk Baladrán (*1973, Prague, CZ) is an author, artist, curator and exhibition architect. In his works he is investigating territories that are occupied by that part of civilization, which we call Western. He is searching for spatial “pockets” where the way of life is reflected with its systems, rules and coincidences; as well as for the objects through which humanity, obsessed with itself, is arranging the image of its past and future. Baladrán studied art history in the Philosophy Department of the Charles University and in the studios for Visual Communication, Painting and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts, both in Prague. In 2001 he co-founded Display, a space for contemporary art. He was a member of the curatorial team (through of Manifesta 8 in Murcia, Spain (2010). He is represented by the Jocelyn Wolff Gallery in Paris, Gandy Gallery in Bratislava and Hunt Kastner in Prague.

Eiko Grimberg
Eiko Grimberg (*1971, Karlsruhe, DE) works with text, photography and video. Its artistic form is the visual essay. Since 2013 he has been observing the construction of the Berlin Palace and has been studying the layers of German history associated with it. In the project of reconstruction, he uncovers the transitions from the German Empire, through National Socialism, the FRG and GDR, to the reunified Germany.

Bernadette Keating
Bernadette Keating (*1976,  Dublin, IR) is visual artist whose multi-disciplinary practice incorporates still photography, video, text, and installation. Working between a conceptual and documentary approach to image-making, she explores notions of space, place, and belonging in urban spaces, corporate developments, and border territories, and the sociopolitical forces that shape them. In 2018 she completed her postgraduate studies in Photography & Media at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. She holds a Masters (Distinction) in Documentary Photography from University of the Arts London. Her work was recently shown exhibitions as: Picturing Realities, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf (2018); Waiting for the Blast, Galerie Kontoret, Oslo (2017); Open, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado (2015) and others.

Martin Netočný
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver (*1957, Brooklin, USA) works with the still and moving image. Her work explores contested territories between public and private, narrative and documentary, and - increasingly in recent years - the watcher and the watched. She has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Yokohama Museum, the London ICA. Her films have been broadcast by BBC/England, Arte/Germany, Planete/Europe, RTE/Ireland, SWR/Germany, and Atenor/Spain, among others, and she has been a fellow at the DAAD Artists Program in Berlin, the Japan/US Artist Program in Tokyo, Cité des Arts in Paris, and at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Gabriele Stötzer
Gabriele Stötzer (*1953, Emleben, DE) studied at the teacher training college in Erfurt where, in the mid-1970s, she was expelled on political grounds and imprisoned for a year. She began working as a freelance artist in 1980. In 1989, she was co-initiator of the first occupation of a Stasi (East German secret police) headquarters in Erfurt. Since 1990, she has published eight books and taken part in international exhibitions. She also teaches performance classes at the University of Erfurt and holds lectures on subjects such as feminist art and on being a contemporary witness.


Stephanie Kiwitt
Anna Voswinckel
Tereza Rudolf


8/10/2020  3 pm


9/10–25/10 2020

In 1890, Jacob Riis, today considered one of the pioneers of social documentary photography, published the book “How the Other Half Lives”, in which he captures life in the poorest neighbourhoods of the growing American capital, including evidence of child labour. In her video collage, depicting a portrait of Chinatown in New York City, author Shelly Silver bluntly answers Riis’s research question: “We don’t know because we don’t care!”. Are we actually still asking loudly to whom belongs the public space as well? Have we lost our utopian visions? Do the utopian visions of yesteryear only dwell in company slogans which artist Bernadette Keating twists into a bitter-sweet parody? The Collorado-Mansfeld palace, situated in Prague’s touristic heart, has been through periods of different ownership and use, and recalls, as well as the work of Eiko Grimberg, the motivation of political and economic decisions. The Pool by Grimberg digs into the history of a particular place which – frequently rebuilt – illustrates the dominant ideology, where “the other” is changed or disappears. The modernist vision of urban development in Zbyněk’s Baladrán video is confronted with today’s development in the short movie of Martin Netočný. Gabriele Stötzer’s film shows 13 women and men dancing in outdoor locations of their choice. Each one developed, without any music, their own movement to the point of ecstasy. Under the condition of state socialism the film expresses “a freedom inherent in all of us, should we choose to grasp it” (Stötzer). All the approaches then underline the very fragile connections between the image of the public space and the conditions of society, which, when individualized, loses the notion of otherness as a building stone for positive change.

Press release

The Fotograf Festival is organised by the Fotograf 07 z.s., and held under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague, and with the support of the City Council of Prague (400 000 CZK), the Czech Ministry of Culture and State Fund of Culture.

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