54 UMĚNÍ, SPLÍN A SMÍCH TVÁŘÍ V TVÁŘ ABSURDITĚ
ART(ists) FACING ABSURDITY
ALŠOVA JIHOČESKÁ GALERIE
EXHIBITION AND VISUAL CAMPAIGN

South Bohemian Gallery presents an exhibition of Czech art of the generation born in the years 1939–1953. This generation entered culture at the time of normalization. Art from this period was often the result of deep civilizational and cultural, social and political contradictions overlooked and banned or condemned by the official institutions of the communist regime. At the same time, the generation born in the era of Hitler‘s and Stalin‘s tyranny was facing the difficult tasks of art restitution after the collapse of humanity during the fascism, the Holocaust and the dictatorship of the proletariat. Over 100 events and works of art from more than thirty artists of Czech origin demonstrate the efforts of presented generation to restore the value of the natural world, which has become a world of absurdity. Designed in collaboration with Karel Štědrý.

05/2021

Curator Prof. Tomáš Vlček

53 1989
NATIONAL GALLERY IN PRAGUE
EXHIBITION CATALOG

How did photographers reflect the year of 1989 in Czechoslovakia? This exhibition catalog commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. It also seeks to examine 1989, a turning point in many respects, from the distance of the three decades that have passed. It was critical for both Czech society at large and photography in particular. It marked 150 years since the discovery of the medium, and probably without photographers suspecting this, it was the final year they would spend working in the institutional framework they had been used to for years. The lives of many changed radically after the revolution, as they could now enjoy the freedoms, engage in business, hold exhibitions and create freely. The very medium of photography dissolved in a syncretism of new approaches and shortly afterwards also underwent a transformation of its technological foundations.

11/2019

☺ The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2019 Shortlist

# 152 pages, 210 × 270 mm, swiss binding, BUY

52 1989
NATIONAL GALLERY IN PRAGUE
EXHIBITION AND VISUAL CAMPAIGN

Exhibition graphics and visuals for the National Gallery's exhibition 1989 at the Trade Fair Palace in Prague. This exhibition was organised to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution as part of the project Havel na Hrad! (Havel to the Castle!). Architect Zbyněk Baladrán.

11/2019

Curator Tomáš Pospěch
@ National Gallery Prague
15. 11. – 16. 2. 2020

51 MY NAME IS HUNGRY BUFFALO

Jan calls himself Buffalo. He loves cowboys, he’s blind, and may lose his hearing. This book follows his journey to America to visit the medicine man of the Navajo tribe, who wants to perform a ritual to help his hearing. The book includes authentical drawings by the medicine man of the Navajo tribe Blackhorse + photographic series by Roman Franc from Shiprock in New Mexico. Photography © Roman Franc.

12/2016

☺ The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2016 Shortlist

# 80 pages, 210 × 253 mm, swiss binding, Braille emboss, bookmark attached, BUY

50 DAVID GABERLE
METROPOLIGHT
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

Metropolight is young Czech photographer David Gaberle’s debut publication. Although the book presents his first-ever comprehensive photographic series, the result feels eminently mature. The pictures were taken in hypermodern cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Sydney, London, and New York. Gaberle observes alleyways, stairwells, parks, train stations, subway cars, galleries, and bridges, slowly revealing the hidden order that exists between the world of things and the world of people. In his introduction to the book, author Petr Volf writes: “The photographs’ range of color carries symbolic meanings, and the lights of the visited cities – whether natural, direct, or artificial – become lighthouses which make us feel safe.”

5/2017

# 84 pages, 206 × 244 mm, half cloth binding, transparent PVC foil jacket, BUY

49 THE END
PRINT FOR MY NAME IS HUNGRY BUFFALO

On the occassion of the premiere of the documentary movie My Name Is Hungry Buffalo, this silkscreen print was released in the limited number of 30 prints. Last copies still available for purchase.

11/2016

silkscreen print, 700 × 500 mm, signed/numbered, BUY

48 MY NAME IS HUNGRY BUFFALO
POSTER

Poster design for the documentary movie My Name Is Hungry Buffalo about Jan who calls himself Buffalo. He loves cowboys, he’s blind, and may lose his hearing. This movie follows his journey to America to visit the chief of the Navajo tribe, who wants to perform a ritual to help his hearing. Photography © Roman Franc.

11/2016

47 DITA PEPE & BÁRA BARONOVÁ
INTIMITA (INTIMACY)
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

The book Intimita (Intimacy) is comprised of 6 literary adaptations and photography interpretations of open confessions and life stories by 6 women. It attempts to open an important personal and social issues and taboos – physical handicaps, depression, prostitution, cancer, dying.

09/2015

☺ The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2015 2nd Place
☺ Les Rencontres ARLES The 2016 Book Awards
☺ 28th Brno Biennial of Graphic Design 2018: International Exhibition

text book 362 pages + 6 photobooks (40 pages each), 170 × 240 mm, sleeve, BUY

46 DITA PEPE & BÁRA BARONOVÁ
MĚJ RÁDA SAMA SEBE (LOVE YOURSELF)
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

This book shows the process how photographer shares experience of the therapeutic form of photography with other women - her friends but also women in crisis - and in so doing reminds people of the Love Yourself theme. The book itself is inspired and influenced by a Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman and his book The Art of Life.

06/2014

☺ Best Photography Book at the Art Books Wanted International Awards 2014

# 160 pages, 210 × 277 mm, open binding, mirror board, BUY

45 DITA PEPE
SELF-PORTRAITS
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

For last 15 years photographer Dita Pepe has been exploring ideas of identity and environment in two photographic series titled Self-portraits with men and Self-portraits with women. She seeks to completely assimilate into the lives of other people. The book cover uses a variety of her own signatures to underline the same idea of identity but using a typographic language.

10/2014

☺ KALEID Editions 2015 Shortlist

# 112 pages, 245 × 325 mm, cardboard, cover debossed, BUY