OUR GUESTS

Franek Ammer

PHOTOBOOK DUMMY REVIEW

Curator at International Festival of Photography, Fotofestiwal in Lodz. Before joining Fotofestiwal, he co-founded TIFF International Photography Festival in Wroclaw with which he cooperates to this day. He devoted a large part of his work to bringing up aspects related to the photobooks and popularizing them in Poland. This interest resulted in several exhibitions, lectures and cooperation with prominent figures from the world of photography and the publishing scene of photobooks. In the Fotofestiwal collective he is responsible for the festival program, coordination of exhibitions, events and publications. He is also a co-founder of the Przestrzeń Robocza (Working Space) – a place dedicated to artists talks, workshops and experimental work in visual arts and multimedia.

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Stanislav Briza

PHOTOBOOK DUMMY REVIEW + PANEL DISCUSSION

Stanislav Briza, (born 1983, Czech Republic) is a visual artist, collector, publisher and editor who established photography magazine Temnokomornik, and later on founded publishing platform BFLMPSVZ focusing on exceptional photography books and zines from the region of central Europe. He studied photography and new media at Silesian University in Opava, CZ.

In his practice, Stanislav uses diverse approaches to photography, ranging from the new document using old film cameras up to 4×5” large format and on the other side using crap early digital compact cameras exploring aesthetic of the period of the digital revolution in the photography industry. Stanislav creates zines and objects, including also text or voice only based on zines addressing photography as a medium. He also found a passion for collecting curatorial texts about photography and bizarre joy in bad photographs.

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bflmpsvz.com

Zsolt Ficsor

PHOTOBOOK DUMMY REVIEW

Zsolt Ficsór (born in Budapest, 1989) studied BA photography at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. 

Since then working freelance as photographer and visual creative in the depth of experimental personal attitude. 

His works mainly focus on the mainstream image consumption, strategies, and its long term affects on society. 

Co-founder of MAMA books collective which based on the creation and distribution of selfpublished books. 

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Miloš Hroch

ARTISTS’ TALKS

Miloš Hroch (born 1989) studied journalism and media studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague. He is a researcher at the Institue of Communication Studies and Journalism with the focus on alternative media and cultural studies. During 2013-2018, he was music editor at Radio Wave (Czech Radio) and since then he works as a freelance music journalist. He regularly publishes articles in the Alarm website and A2 cultural fortnightly magazine, in the Aktuálně.cz, in the Respekt weekly magazine or in the Živel magazine. He is the editor of I Shout „That´s Me!” Stories of Czech fanzine from the 80s till now, he participated in the making of the book Prkýnka na maso jsme uřízli (We cut down meat cutting boards, 2013) about skateboarding before the 1989 revolution or the Kmeny 90 (2017) publication about Czech subcultures in the 1990s. He co-founded the Křivák/Crook skateboarding fanzine.

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Tomáš Hrůza

Tomáš Hrůza (born in Sušice, Czechoslovakia, 3. 11. 1979) is a visual artist and an associate lecturer at FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). He is a co-founder of Fotograf Gallery, Fotograf Magazine and Fotograf Festival, a body of independent, yet very strongly interconnected projects critically reflecting on issues, trends, and visions in contemporary photography and visual culture. Along with his brother, he founded an independent cultural platform, ArtMap that provides a wide range of cultural services in the field of visual arts. In addition to its own publishing, ArtMap offers a unique selection of art and art books: online and via a physical bookstore. By virtue of his passion for hiking, he co-founded a non-profit organization, Pilgrim that focuses on the topic of a revitalization of the relationship between man and nature (e.g. by organizing walk tours, film screenings or public discussions). Tomáš studied photography at the Faculty of Art and Design at Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem. In his work, he mostly employs the media of photography and video. He is particularly interested in poetical reflections of nature. Often, he combines his creative work with trips to less or more distant cultures.

tomashruza.cz

Beáta Istvánkó

EXHIBITIONS CURATOR + PANEL DISCUSSION

Beáta Istvánkó (born 1987) is a Budapest based art historian and curator. Degrees: art history (BA), art theory (BA), contemporary art theory and curatorial studies (MA). After finishing her studies besides numerous independent projects she was working as the project coordinator of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and the Studio of Young Artists’ Association. In 2017 she funded the contemporary art publication store and gallery called ISBN books+gallery. ISBN is the first art bookstore in Budapest, Hungary.

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Markéta Kinterová

EXHIBITIONS CURATOR 

Markéta Kinterová is an artist working with photography as a tool of conceptual art. She is a director of Fotograf Gallery, Festival and Magazine based in Prague. She has ongoing experience as a portfolio reviewer or jury member for different competitions. She is also an independent artist working with photography as a tool of conceptual art. Kinterová is a doctoral candidate in the Fine art program at Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague. Between the years 2002 and 2004 she undertook study abroad at Department of Art and Art History, the University of Connecticut in the USA and Fachhochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin in Germany. She attended several artists residencies as in Centro de la Imagen – FONCA, Mexico City, Mexico and Artist in residence, Rotor – Association for Contemporary Art, Graz, Austria.

marketakinterova.cz

fotografmagazine.cz

Viktor Kopasz

ARTIST (PERFORMANCE)

Viktor Kopasz was born in Kráľovský Chlmec, Slovakia, in 1973, and, since 1989, has made visual diaries which combine photographs, drawings, and multilingual inscriptions. His books include In the Jungle (1999), a bibliophile edition of Zajetí/Fógság (Captivity), which features poetry by Jaromír Typlt (2001), Kertelő (The Hedger), published in 2004, and a bibliophile edition of Uzly (Knots) with Róbert Gál’s aphorisms (2013). He lives in Prague.

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Gábor Arion Kudász

PHOTOBOOK DUMMY REVIEW + WORKSHOP

Gábor Arion Kudász (1978, Budapest) is a hungarian photographer, Associate professor of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design.

Arion often incorporates staged and artificial elements into a documentary approach to photography. His early landscape oriented works concentrated on human interaction with the built and natural environment. He examined the absurdity and careless use of space as a natural resource. In his recent works, Arion narrowed his attention on the understanding of the relation between responsibility and ambition. He is currently involved in a research on the life-choices of youth, supported by a scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. His achievements were recognized by the Robert Capa Grand Prize, and he is a committed self-publisher of photo books.

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Tomasz Łączny

ARTIST (PERFORMANCE)

Tomasz Laczny — visual artist, photographer, author of photo books. Born in Poland, studied art, design and philosophy.In his works he deals with complex issues of identity, belonging and connection. He published a photobook “40” about refugee camps and conflict in Western Sahara which received honorable mention in 2016 Dummy Award Kassel competition. His current photobook “Disappearance”has been shortlisted to 2018 Kassel Dummy Award Competition. Shortlisted for this year’s Gomma Grant. He lives and works in London.  

tomasz-laczny.com

Wiktoria Michałkiewicz

PHOTOBOOK DUMMY REVIEW

Wiktoria Michałkiewicz works in Fotografiska International, with venues in Stockholm, Tallin, New York (opening in September 2019) and London (opening in 2020), after having worked as an exhibition producer in Fotografiska Stockholm. Prior to that she she collaborated with major photography events in Europe, including Nordic Light Festival in Norway, Landskrona Foto in Sweden, working with some of the most recognized photographers and curators. She worked as a producer with Sputnik Photos and as an art manager in Shootme Visual Artists, creating long-term strategies for photographers’ international development. She curated exhibitions and was an editor of award-winning books, and founder of a photography agency REZO. She is also a writer, film producer, journalist, and researcher. She combines the understanding of broad contexts and perspectives in photographic projects, and has knowledge of the international photography market.

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Slavomíra Ondrušová

EXHIBITIONS CURATOR

Slavomíra Ondrušová (born 1985) is based in Bratislava, Slovakia. She holds a Master’s  Degree in Fine Arts from The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia and currently is finishing her doctoral research at the Metal and Jewellery department within the same institution. She studied and taught jewellery and drawing at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Estonia, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and Hochschule für Gestaltung in Pforzheim, Germany. Her work is mostly focused on the process and consciousness in making, topics concerning death and openendness. She works with different media, mostly she uses drawing, small object, jewellery, words and installation. Together with Milan Vagač they established the X Magazine about contemporary drawing in 2012 and curated several international projects and exhibitions. She is interested in teaching conceptual drawing, selfpublishing, vipassana meditation, ice-swimming and cultural anthropology.

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Tereza Rudolf

PHOTOBOOK DUMMY REVIEW

Tereza Rudolf is an art critic and curator connected closely with Fotograf Festival Prague. She has collaborated on the festival dramaturgy and selections from 2016. She works as a freelance curator and art project manager. Between 2014 and 2016 she curated art public space Galerie NIKA in Prague and since 2014 has prepared several exhibitions in Prague, Brno, and Leipzig of young artists. She focuses on borders between photography, video and contemporary art. Tereza Rudolf is also a member of Fotograf Magazine editorial board.

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Jan Sipocz

WORKSHOP

Ján Šipöcz works with memory and memories. The source of inspiration is found in his own memories, personal experiences. He works with classic photography. His composition is strict. This can be seen in series like Childhood Traumas, Ways Home, Objects of Interest or Souvenirs. On another level of his work he approaches a photograph as a building material. Pictures already taken are used as the founding stone for his own work. He usually uses old slides and manipulates them mechanically. He erases the emulsion, blacks out what he doesn’t want to show or on the contrary, sketches things in. He creates new compositions, changes the content. Composes already once composed, adding new layers of meaning, pushes his work to the realm of conceptual art.

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Michał Sita

PANEL DISCUSSION MODERATOR

Michał Sita, born in 1985, freelance documentary photographer, curator, based in Poznań, Poland. Graduate of cultural anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University (2011) and photography at Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (2009). Works on long‐term photographic projects, such as on tribalism in Iraqi Kurdistan, interpretations of history and cultural heritage. Curator of exhibitions by Mayumi Suzuki, Jan Kurek, Wiesław Rakowski among others. Co‐author and curator of Zoological Archive – interdisciplinary project analysing interwar photographs from Natural History Museum in Poznań, curator of XPRINT photobook festival in Poznań. One of co‐founders of PIX.HOUSE Foundation running a photography gallery and a publishing house in Poznań.

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Olja Triaška Štefanovič

PHOTOBOOK DUMMY REVIEW + ARTISTS’ TALK

Olja Triaška Stefanović was born in former Yugoslavia. Currently based in Bratislava (SK), photographer, visual artist with a special interest in the philosophy of space and architecture of Eastern Europe. She finished her PhD at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, where she works as an Assistant Professor. She is teaching, within the course –  Creation of Photobooks – PHO BO, at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, visual storytelling and dramaturgy of photo books for bachelor and masterd degree.

Olja Triaška Stefanović received several prices for her art work: the Finalist, of the prestige Finalist 333 Award organized by National gallery in Prague in Czech Republic, Photographer of the year 2015 in Slovakia – announced by Central European house of Photography based in Bratislava: Laureate In 2017 in Slovak Press photo foundation of grant Bratislava, given by a major of the city Bratislava. Her works are part of a permanent collections of Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava and of Nitra City gallery in Nitra. Lives and work in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Pavel Turek

ARTISTS’ TALK

Pavel Turek (born 1979) studied journalism and media studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague. He completed his doctorate studies at the Department of Photography of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. During 2007-2009, he worked as editor of the cultural section of the Aktuálně.cz website, and since 2010, he is an editor of the cultural section of theRespekt weekly magazine. As an external contributor, he published texts in the Rock & Pop and Reflexmagazines and the MF Dnes newspaper. He also co-operated with Radio Wave. He contributed to the running of the Živel magazine and co-founded the bi-lingual art magazine Komfort.

Tereza Zelenkova

WORKSHOP

Tereza Zelenkova (b. 1985, Czech Republic) is an artist based between Prague and London. She works mainly with black and white analogue photography. Her photographs reflect her interest in mysticism and local mythologies, often mixing documentary approaches with staged photographs.

She received First Class from BA (Hons) in Photographic Arts from the University of Wesmtinster in 2010 and obtained her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London in 2012. She had exhibited her work at various galleries and museums worldwide, most recently at Silver Eye Photography Center in Pittsburgh (2019), Foam Museum in Amsterdam (2018), The California Museum of Photography (2018), and the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2017). She has several self-published books as well as Supreme Vice published by Mörel Books. Zelenkova is a recipient of numerous awards and her work is in collections of V&A Museum, Foam Museum, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Musée de l’Elysée, and Saatchi Gallery.

Zuzanna Flaskova

PHOTOBOOK DUMMY REVIEW

Zuzana Flaskova is currently Assistant Curator Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain. Previously she worked as Assistant Curator for BP Art Exchange, Tate Modern and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize Coordinator at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with an MA in Contemporary Art Theory and prior to that with an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Comenius University. She contributes periodically to Fotograf magazine, Photomonitor, Flash Art CZ/SK and MoMA Post.