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Far – Close

6.3. – 21.3. 2019

The exhibition of young Slovak, Czech and Polish students of the Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava shows different aspects of life in faraway countries depicted through diverse forms of documentary and portrait photography. It consists of the cycle Black Tears about the immigrants coming from the Bangladesh countryside to Dhaka created by Hana Connor and Filip Jandourek /CZ/, series about severe life of albinos in Tanzania from Michal Szalast/ PL/, photographs of contemporary Armenia from Oldřich Malachta /CZ/, a subjective document from New York by Peter Korček /SK/ or parts of a cycle by Robert Barca /SK/ about the ever-proceeding globalisation of today’s China. Despite the geographical distance and the social, cultural and religious differences the elementary values aren’t as distant as it might seem.

The exposition is a continuation of a number of previous exhibitions that the Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava organised either directly in the Central European House of Photography in Bratislava or as a part of the Bratislava Month of Photography. A number of them introduced current or former students who have become distinguished figures of contemporary Slovak photography, such as Andrej Balco, Anton Baša, Ester Havlik Erdélyová, Jana Grznáriková, Ivan Horváth, Milan Illík, Lena Jakubčáková, Karolína Kedrová, Dušan Kochol, Dávid Koronczi, Maroš Krivý, Zuzana and Daniel Laurinc, Lea Lovišková, Agáta Marzecová, Lucia Nimcová, Pavol Orvan, Pavel Maria Smejkal, Viktor Szemzö, Branislav Štěpánek, Štefan Štrauch, Laura Witteková and others. As a result, several theoretical graduate papers from the Creative Photography Institute were published in collaboration with the civil society organisation FOTOFO and the Central European House of Photography. These works (such as Elena Lichá-Zábranská‘s Ľuba Lauffová, Michal Matoušek‘s Magazine IMAGO or Branislav Štěpánek‘s Central European House of Photography in Bratislava) serve as a significant enrichment of Slovak history of photography.

Vladimír Birgus