Digital Olympus

The exhibition will last from November 3rd until November 28th, 2004
Opening hours: daily from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. except Mondays

Peter Janáčik

Born 1966. Established himself as author on the home and the Czech artistic platform already toward the end of the 90s of the last century through his photographic work, theoretically oriented to the body, corporality, with the specific feature of genre topic. He exclusively worked in the domain of classical black-and-white photography, making authentic, studio takes or shots taken over from TV broadcasts. His photographs have a specific, emotive atmosphere of estrangement and lonesomeness. They reflect a loss of relations and a void (pictures in the interior and exterior as a variant of the absent body). Alongside the bearing thematic programme which the author understands as an expression of the philosophy of modern existentialism, he pursues the creation of still lifes with reference to corporality and intimacy, arranged pictures of the male body and portrait.

Alena Vrbanová

The title of the project is “The 40-years Old in the Size 36”. It is about women photographed in smaller clothes: size 34, 36, 38. These sizes are the only ones regularly available in garment stores as they are regarded to be the general standard. They correspond to the bodily proportions of 90-60-90 (the ideal of the “miss”). Women, who are not obese, just do not fit into this “ideal of beauty” of perfect proportions, and their sizes are 42, 44, 46, have difficulties finding fitting clothes. They are forced to constantly deal with problems with their “imperfect body,” and to feel uncomfortable in too small and ill-fitting clothes that deform their bodies. The pictures show women of various body types dressed in narrow transparent cloths to forefront the body deformation under the garment. Women were photographed in a natural setting, with suppressed visual elements and no unnecessary narrative details. The central motifs of the photographs are female torsos imprisoned in transparent shells. Plastic foil deforms the female body while the slightly slanting motion of the bodies creates wrinkles and deeper undulations on the bodies’ topography. Hence, the deformed body straddles the line between attraction and revulsion.

Jana Hojstričová

Mr. Onion is our black cat. He’s about 10. Among his hobbies mostly are answering the phone and opening doors, he often observes the world lying upside down. He likes to sleep on his back. To his most favourite meals belong olives, maze and ham with red peppers.
Mrs. Pipi has been living with us for 4 years. She likes to watch TV and retrieve marbles. She can fall asleep while sitting. Among others, she likes Dijon mustard and flies. Pipi and Onion like each other a lot. They got to know Alfred through a window. Everything takes him a bit longer, he doesn’t understand certain things. In September he left, we don’t know where.

Tibor Takáts

The Old Bridge in Mostar again connects the eastern and western bank of the river Neretva. However, it will not become a symbol of Moslem and Christian coexistence any soon. This is a new beginning: European politicians concur when looking at the brand new replica of the Old Bridge in Mostar. They hope that the stone structure, a faithful copy of twenty-six-meter long bridge from 1566, spanning the Neretva, will become a symbol of reconciliation of two ethnic communities divided by the river. Its construction cost almost thirteen million Euros. Before the civil war, the population of Mostar was about 130,000. One third of it was Moslems, another third Croats, about 20 % were Serbs and the rest considered themselves Yugoslav. In March 1992, Bosnia and Herzegovina declared political independence, which triggered armed clashes between Serbs and the non-Serbian majority. The Yugoslav army supported Bosnian Serbs and they gradually gained control over the most part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the town of Mostar, the turning point in the fighting happened in 1992 when the Serbs, following the agreement with the Croatian president Tudjman, withdrew from the town. Serbian inhabitants where leaving their homes en mass, fearful of Moslems and Croats. Bosnian Croats from western Herzegovina declared the Croatian Commonwealth Herzeg-Bosna and established Mostar as its capital. They formed an army politically and militarily subservient to Tudjman whose goal was the unification of the country with Croatia. At that moment, Moslem – who called themselves Bosniaks, and Bosnian Croats became enemies. Fighting culminated in the spring 1993 and the people of Mostar gradually destroyed all bridges across the river Neretva. On November 9, under the combat fire of Bosnian Croats, fell also the Moslem pride – the Old Bridge. It was destroyed by three tank shells that were allegedly fired by a Moslem fighting in the Croatian army. Since then, the town has been divided to two camps: the Moslem – on the eastern bank and the Croatian – on the western bank of the Neretva.

Andrej Balco