Fotograf Festival

Fotograf Festival #9

Archeology of euphoria
1/10 – 1/11 2018

In 2019, the Fotograf Festival, titled as “Archeology of euphoria” will present exhibitions, discussions and  accompanying educational program focused on transformation of society from totalitarian regime to capitalism. Like every year, the festival deals on the specifics of photography and reproducible images as such, presenting the work of both foreign and local authors.

Although the contemporary Central Europe is undoubtedly experiencing the most idyllic period of its modern existence, the growing political and social problems of the last years, which are often radically challenging the development of the last three decades, are taking us back again to the question of the anchorages and legitimacy of contemporary neoliberal society. An inconspicuous but essential part of today is a constant struggle for the image and logic of our past.

At the end of 1989 the whole „Eastern Bloc“ saw the fall of totalitarian regimes, which radically predestinated the development of further decades. However, the prevailing bipolar view of these political changes often simplifies the whole situation. With today‘s sufficient distance, it is possible to look at the problematics of political and social change not only with the prospect of a sudden breakthrough, but rather with notions of „melting“ or „transitioning“.

The issue of legitimacy and the foundations of our democratic past is, of course, related to the question of the credibility of photography, mass media and propaganda and their influence on the formation of social awareness and the ethos of the times. The very last decades of the twentieth century are a time that has completed and subsequently complicated the dominance of photography as a modern mass media. The disintegration of the hierarchical and regulated distribution of media and information, which was eroded by then through “new media” (video, xerox, computers), gradually available to the wider public, has greatly contributed to breaking the hegemony of central power.

Pavel Jasanský, General strike, 1989

About Festival

The Fotograf Festival explores intersections in photography and contemporary art – just like its partner projects – the Fotograf Gallery and Fotograf Magazine. This year’s 9th edition will focus on transformation of society from totalitarian regime to capitalism and over the course of Autumn months, it will present solo as well as group exhibitions prepared in cooperation with invited domestic and foreign curators in various Prague galleries and institutions. A series of discussions, site-specific events, public space exhibitions, projections and guided/commented tours will accompany that exhibition program. Fotograf Festival is the only thematic- and curator-conceived photography festival in the Czech Republic. Its aim is to promote the photographic medium
and its broader integration into contemporary art and into the conscience of the general public. The discussions, at which invited experts debate each other on the current festival theme in the context of visual art, are meant not only for the expert public, but for the lay public as well. Fotograf Festival looks to build a tradition and a new platform for a photography festival that places Prague among other important centers for photography and the visual arts in Europe.  It strives to share contemporary photographic art and the creation of a thematically-focused space where the general public and experts from around the world can meet.



Festival Fotograf is organized by the Fotograf 07 registered association
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Praha 1, 110 00
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Markéta Kinterová

Sandra Svobodová
festival manager
+420 728 280 587

Tereza Rudolf Hrušková
coordinator and festival dramaturge
+420 603 563 009

Lenka Balounová
public relations
+420 776 228 599

Veronika Daňhelová
educational program ​
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Eliška Žáková

Barbora Soukupová
office manager

Eva Hodek


Marie Štindlová
technical production
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Adéla Korbičková
technical production
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Adéla Vosičková, Dita Havránková, Jan Kolský

Aleš Loziak

Members of Advisory Board: Hanna Buddeus, Karel Císař, Václav Jánočšík, Jen Kratochvil, Jiří Ptáček, Alexandra Vajd