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21 Feb 2020 - 20 Sep 2020

Jan Svoboda: Against the Light

Against the Light marks the first major UK presentation of Czech photographer, Jan Svoboda (1934–1990) since his first solo exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in 1982. His groundbreaking experiments with form rank him as one of the world’s pioneers of photographic appropriation and forerunners of conceptual photography. Svoboda’s work sought to redefine the language of photography in relation to painting and sculpture, bridging the traditions of Symbolism and Romanticism with the conceptual and self-reflexive tendencies of late Modernism.

The exhibition, co-organised with The Moravian Gallery in Brno, shows around 50 vintage works in original sizes and adjustments, which retain the sense of his photographic works as unique sculptural objects. Some of the images are returning to The Photographers’ Gallery after 38 years, to commemorate the first ever exhibition of Jan Svoboda in the UK staged at the Gallery in 1982. The presentation includes rich biographical material, illuminating Svoboda’s life through documents and personal photography, as well as video interviews.

The exhibition is curated by Pavel Vančát, with Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers' Gallery.

21 February - 20 September 2020
The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, Soho, London W1F 7LW
To visit this exhibition you now need to book in advance either in person or by calling +44 (0)20 7087 9300.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11.00 – 19.00, Sunday - Monday  Closed
Admissions: Exhibition Admission £5/£2.50 Concessions, Photographers' Gallery Members go free, 18s & under go free









The Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, Soho, London W1F 7LW


From: 21 Feb 2020
To: 20 Sep 2020


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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