The theme of the next festival edition is the boundary between work and leisure time. In 2018, the Fotograf Festival, titled as “Non-Work: Occupied by a Leisure Time”, will present exhibitions, discussions and accompanying programmes using the medium of photography to deal with social issues related to work and free time. Like every year, the festival focus on the specifics of photography and reproducible images as such, presenting the work of both foreign and local authors.
Numerous changes in the workforce, workload and workflow necessarily cause the changes in the concept of “work”. The relationship between the time regimes we still traditionally refer to as “work” and “leisure time” is changing over time as well. Automation seems to be the reality of the near future, raising the question of unconditional income that will certainly not only meet the social utopian ideas, but also bring new problems, often conditioned by personal responsibility – or the renunciation and loss of responsibility.
The assumption of more free time is often confused with the mere image representation of leisure activities. Instead of enjoying our free time, we are overwhelmed by photographs capturing the leisure time of others on social media. Thus, free time is disrupted by the need to represent and integrate leisure into our imaginary portfolios.
The hyphen between “non” and “work” is the key symbol of the eighth edition of the Fotograf Festival. The festival will explore the extreme positions between what we usually call work and what we no longer see as work. Moreover, the hyphen refers to the still poorly reflected space between “leisure time” and paid employment, including many other issues, for example undervalued work by women and minorities, replacement of labour by artificial intelligence, freelancing, or issues related to the world of art such as appropriation, machine-created images, and zero wages of artists.
The Fotograf Festival explores intersections in photography and contemporary art – just like its partner projects – the Fotograf Gallery and Fotograf Magazine. This year’s 8th edition will focus on “non-work” 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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