The exhibition will showcase the work of photographers from the Brno group EPOS, Jiří Horák, Rostislav Košťál, František Maršálek and Petr Sikula. As the so-called Brno School of Arranged Photography their staged photographs have carved out their own niche in the history of Czechoslovak photography. The elegiac, gloomy tone of their photographs accords with the mind-set of the defiant long-haired “big-beat” youth of the 1970s and the free hippie spirit of the end of the sixties. The group’s photographs bear traces of inspiration by New Wave film aesthetics, fashion photography and reportage in the period magazines oriented on the young generation. The photos will also show the beginnings of the Goose on a String theatre. The curator Pavel Vančát approached the exhibition as an art-historical reflection of the phenomenon of staged photography. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication with extensive documentation and an analysis of this phenomenon.
Expert collaboration Antonín Dufek, Ladislav Plch and Michal Konečný
The exhibition is held under the auspices of Mr Petr Vokřál, Mayor of the City of Brno