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9 Sep 2017 - 18 Nov 2017

What is life? Markéta Othová and Aleksandra Vajd at Street Level Photoworks

Markéta Othová and Aleksandra Vajd’s exhibition, which is not only their first joint exhibition in Great Britain, but also their first-ever exhibition together, is intended to present the current work of eminent figures in Central and East European photography and, at the same time, highlight the universal quality of the photographic medium.

Markéta Othová is known, above all, for her series of large-format black and white photographs, which she chooses from her archive specifically for a given space.  In recent years, however, she frequently displays individual photographs, including those in colour, whose meaning is predominantly derived from the formal and cultural-historical quality of the captured objects, such as architecture or applied arts. Aleksandra Vajd has recently focused on reductive photographic work, which explores the limits of the medium, with particular emphasis on its materiality. Minimalist groups are formed by combining two or more exposed photographs, creating an almost embossed impression on the wall and allowing us to think about the objecthood of the supposedly immaterial medium.  For the Street Level Photoworks gallery, they have prepared an exhibition in which their means of expression complement each other.  While Markéta Othová interprets photography as a transparent medium which confronts the viewer with technical quality, texture and the reality of the world, Aleksandra Vajd emphasises the material quality of the same photographs.  It is exactly these contrasting approaches which allow the viewer to see the photographic medium in its fundimental ambivalence.

Markéta Othová was born in Brno in 1968 and lives in Prague.  She graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.  Individually, she has presented her work at exhibitions including Bonner Kunstverein (together with Ed Atkins) in 2012 and The Photographer’s Gallery in London in 2006.  Her work has also formed part of group exhibitions, such as the Moving Image Department – Chapter 6: Inner life (time) at the National Gallery in Prague in 2016, Islands of Resistance / Between the First and Second Modernity 1985-2012 at the National Gallery in Prague in 2012, the Camera Austria Milk Drop Coronet in Graz in 2010 and 50% Grey: Contemporary Czech Photography Reconsidered at the Museum of Contemporary  Photography in Chicago in 2010.

Aleksandra Vajd was born in Maribor, Slovenia in 1971 and lives in Prague and in Ljubljana.  She studied at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and the State University of New York at New Paltz.  She currently heads up the Department of Photography at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.  Her work has been presented at individual exhibitions at the Drdova Gallery in Prague in 2016 and at the Škuc Gallery in Ljubljana (together with Hynek Alt) in 2012.  Her work has also been presented in many group exhibitions, notably in Crises and New Beginnings: Art in Slovenia 2005-2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana in 2015, in Islands of Resistance / Between the First and Second Modernity 1985-2012 at the National Gallery in Prague in 2012 and in Relative Closeness at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in 2007. 

Opening Event: Sat 09 Sep 2-5pm
Artists walk & talk at 2pm followed by reception at 3pm. Free, all welcome to attend.

Part of Czech Season in Scotland 2017 

In colaboration with Street Level Photoworks

Supported by Slovenian Ministry of Culture and Slovenian Embassy in London


Markéta Othová, Untitled, Photograph

Aleksandra Vajd
from the 'friends of friends are friends', ongoing
B/W photogram on silver gelatin paper
various sizes




Street Level Photoworks, 103 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD

From: 9 Sep 2017
To: 18 Nov 2017


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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