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The Slovak New Wave / Slovenská nová vlna

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The Slovak New Wave / Slovenská nová vlna
Author: Lucia L. Fišerová a Tomáš Pospěch
Category:Books, Photography, Art
Language: English and Czech
Translation: Derek Paton
Page count: 200
Binding: Hbk
ISBN: 978-80-7437-123-3
EAN: 9788074371233
Date: 2014
Issue number: 1.
Price: 45 EUR
Size: 28 x 24 cm
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This exhibition and publishing project, headed by both a Czech and a Slovak curator, presents eight photographers who have worked in Prague for many years or have close links with the city: Rudo Prekop, Vasil Stanko, Tono Stano, Martin Štrba, Miro Švolík, Kamil Varga, Peter Župník and the late Jano Pavlík. The group – described variously as ‘photographers living in Bohemia’ or ‘Czech photographers of Slovak origin’ – is a kind of shared cultural asset for both countries and an interesting phenomenon for anyone studying the links between Czech and Slovak photography. In the 1970s and 1980s, FAMU was the only higher-education establishment in central Europe that taught photography, and it is perhaps surprising that the members of the Slovak New Wave remained ‘uncontaminated’ by the Czech photographic tradition and were able to create their own unique identity at FAMU. Despite, or possibly because of, the fact that this was never an organized group with a declared statement of purpose, their relatively homogeneous visual language became one of the first examples of Postmodernism in this country. Our aim as curators has been to examine the Slovak New Wave and its background from today’s perspective, almost three decades on. We trace the origins of a group similar not only in age but to some extent also in outlook, and attempt to define the personal contribution of each. Although most of the artists represented here are still photographing and exhibiting, the project focuses on their early work during and around their student years in the 1980s. Special emphasis is given to works that at the time were never exhibited, or were shown only on the fringe.