68 ALEXANDR SKALICKÝ
SESTUP BÍLÉ ČÁRY (THE DESCENT OF THE WHITE LINE)
Alexandr Skalický (*1932) is part of a small group of photographers who responded to the influences of conceptual art that seeped into the former Czechoslovakia from the West in the 1980s. With the Iron Curtain isolating it from the rest of world, the local environment interpreted everything coming from the outside through the lens of its own experience. This fact, together with the art photography concept dominating Czechoslovak photography at the time, created a constellation that gave rise to a unique oeuvre that provides an account of not only the artist and his work, but also of life under communism and of the thought and operating mechanisms in place in Czechoslovak photography. This book was conceived and written by Jiří Pátek, the curator of the Photography and New Media Collection at the Moravian Gallery in Brno.