63 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

62 1989
NATIONAL GALLERY PRAGUE
EXHIBITION GRAPHICS + 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

61 FIRMA
EXHIBITION CATALOG

Exhibition catalog for the new art group called FIRMA, which presented itself for the first through their authorial and collaborative work at its manifestation exhibition at Galerie Nová Síň in October 2021. The FIRMA collective, with its establishment, responds to the current operational and social conditions of the position of a contemporary independent artist. Members are (in alphabetical order) Michal Cimala, Jan Kaláb, Martin Krajc, Matěj Olmer, Pasta Oner, Michal Škapa and Karel Štědrý.

10/2021

# 72 pages, 220 × 270 mm, swiss binding, BUY

60 LIBOR FOJTÍK
FELIX KOLMER SLIB (THE PROMISE)
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

Documentary photographer Libor Fojtík has photographed Felix Kolmer, as well as his environment and activities, in the past five years. The editor of the magazine Respekt Kateřina Mázdrová conducted several interviews with him, which then Zuzana Válková used for her final text. The book deals with the topic of the Holocaust, acoustics, but last but not least, the Scout culture. The promise Felix Kolmer made, when joining the Boy Scout, became his lifelong moral credo. The book was supported by the State Fund for Culture of the Czech Republic, the Czech-German Fund for the Future, the International Auschwitz Committee and the Czech Auschwitz Committee.

01/2022

☺ The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2021 - 1st Place

# 56 pages + 48 pages text book attachment, 225 × 280 mm, hardcover, swiss binding, embroidery on the cover, BUY

59 UMĚNÍ, SPLÍN A SMÍCH TVÁŘÍ V TVÁŘ ABSURDITĚ
ART(ists) FACING ABSURDITY
ALŠOVA JIHOČESKÁ GALERIE
EXHIBITION GRAPHICS + 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
@ Alšova jihočeská galerie
30. 5. – 3. 10. 2021

58 FIRMA
IDENTITY + EXHIBITION GRAPHICS

Seven established and generationally related contemporary artistic personalities of the Czech art scene founded the new art group called FIRMA, which presented itself for the first through their authorial and collaborative work at its manifestation exhibition. The FIRMA collective, with its establishment, responds to the current operational and social conditions of the position of a contemporary independent artist. Members are (in alphabetical order) Michal Cimala, Jan Kaláb, Martin Krajc, Matěj Olmer, Pasta Oner, Michal Škapa and Karel Štědrý. Photography from the opening © Vojtěch Veškrna.

10/2021

Curator Pavel Kubesa
@ Galerie Nová síň
7. 10. – 5. 11. 2021

57 LIBOR FOJTÍK
TRAMPOVÉ
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

So what is like tramping scene in 2020? This author's photo book (Tramps) was created as an homage to everyone who is or remained young, had wandering feet, and was enthralled with the outdoors. No matter if they called themselves tramps, woodcrafters, hobos, ramblers, cowboys, or Indians, or if they eventually attached a satellite dish to their cabins, they are all a part of the almost exclusively Czech and Slovak tramping scene – considered the largest subculture in both countries.

06/2020

☺ 25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival Finalist

# 152 pages + 16 pages, 168 × 221 mm, hardcover, BUY

56 MY NAME IS HUNGRY BUFFALO
BOOK

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

55 PÁTEK, RUSINKO, SKALICKÝ SR.
CONSOLATION BY LIVING. THE LIFE OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN.

The specific conditions existing in totalitarian Czechoslovakia gave rise to a qualitatively new middle class, one that was fundamentally different from the middle class of the First Republic, which Czechs view as a symbol of a prosperous modern democracy. The members of this new middle class did not have the same financial resources as their predecessors from the interwar period; however, a substantial number were educated and possessed a critical opinion of the social status quo, predisposing them to create various informal communities that tried to stay in contact with cultural events beyond the Iron Curtain. One such community were contemporary art collectors who, in direct contact with artists, assembled unique collections of art. Through the lens of their activities, they have written stories that remind us of just how ambivalent the world was in the second half of the twentieth century.

07/2022

# 240 pages, 195 × 280 mm, hardcover, BUY

54 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