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Program

1 Nov 2012 - 18 Nov 2012

Alois Nebel My Life (exhibition)

An exhibition of black and white cartoons inspired by the cult Czech graphic novel trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99, the first modern graphic novel to be published in the Czech Republic. With the 20th century as a background it provides the testimony of seemingly ordinary people, represented by Bily Potok´s stationmaster Alois Nebel, living on the outskirts of society, their lives affected for generations by Great History.

“Railway tracks can take you places: to Lisbon or to Auschwitz, to your own past or even to your doubts, the traces of what your parents, friends and enemies have left behind…”


The ALOIS NEBEL graphic novel trilogy (Bílý Potok, Hlavní nádraží and Zlaté Hory, 2003–2005 published by Labyrint) came out in 2006 in one volume. The hero tells stories in suggestive black-and-white drawings, which are influenced by forgotten events even after the passing of several generations. He tells stories of apparently normal people on the fringes of society. You can get anywhere by rail, to Lisbon but also to Auschwitz, to your own past and also to misgivings that were left to you by your parents, relatives and friends. Tales from a century, which we thought was already way behind us. The starring role in these “railway blues” is played by Alois Nebel. Born a Libran in 1948 in Frývaldov, formerly Freiwaldau, now called Jeseník. He has spent his whole life working for the railways like his relatives. He collects timetables, sometimes goes for a beer and sometimes sees things in the fog, which others cannot see. He last worked as a train dispatcher in Bílý Potok. Then the trains passing through the station across the whole century darkened his thoughts.

Artist Jaromír 99 was inspired by the American comics of the 1950s, socialist realism and motifs from traditional paper cutouts, which remain a typical form of folk art in the Czech mountain region of Jeseník.



+ Jaromír 99 at the Comica 2012

Saturday 10 November
The Great Hall, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

The Artist Jaromír 99 will draw live on the big screen in the Drawing Parade at Comica 2012, the London International Comics Festival, promoting his Alois Nebel trilogy and work on Franz Kafka´s Castle, due to be published by SelfMadeHero in 2013.

In collaboration with the Comica Festival and Labyrint.
www.comicafestival.com

 





Part of Made in Prague: New Czech Cinema 2012 and New Czech Jazz 2012

Venue:

Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL

Date

From: 1 Nov 2012
To: 18 Nov 2012

Organizer:

Czech Center

Venue:

Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL

Date

From: 1 Nov 2012
To: 18 Nov 2012

Organizer:

Czech Center


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