No One Belongs Here More Than You

What we can witness in postsocialist Central and Eastern European countries nowadays, as well as in the Former West, is the rise of nationalist, populist, and far-right tendencies that are becoming increasingly normalised in our societies. Embraced by political representation, the implementation of discriminatory and exclusionary structures is justified by the vision of a uniform community. By making tangible borders and those in our minds more impermeable, this becomes visible in both public and virtual spaces.

The 12th edition of the Fotograf Festival explores the role of contemporary art in confronting these pressing social issues and asks how do photography and moving image contribute to the representation, understanding, and subversion of such political tendencies and their manifestations in spaces to which we belong. Accordingly, the festival brings together documentary, media-reflexive and activist approaches and sets a thematic focal point at each exhibition venue.

The central exhibition “No One Belongs Here More Than You” at the National Gallery’s Trade Fair Palace presents artistic strategies that question nationalist narratives as well as their fabrication and manipulation for cultural and political purposes. The exhibition “Extremely Normal” in the Fotograf Gallery asks how to come to terms with the far right by visual means, particularly in relation to contemporary photography and audiovisual art. Coming to terms with the contemporary visual presence of far-right symbolism in the public space is the theme of the exhibition “Outlet” presented at the Artwall Gallery.

The representation of nationalist narratives in the public realm is reflected at the VI PER Gallery. The exhibition “Contesting Sites of Memory” challenges the idea of a universally shared national heritage. A shared space is open at the Jelení Gallery where the Office group invites visitors to develop “Practices of Belonging”. Outside of Prague, the exhibition at the Hraničář Gallery also searches for “Common Grounding”, taking into account the specific context of Ústí nad Labem. In collaboration with the etc. gallery, the festival presents audiovisual production that uses its evidential power to counter repressive ideologies.

Bringing together local and international artistic positions, the festival gives a platform to a variety of artistic strategies, perspectives, and specific contexts. An overall comparative view of the works makes it possible to perceive both commonalities and particularities, allowing for the reflection of one's own situatedness. By doing so, the festival aims to create interconnected environments where artistic and theoretical approaches could be shared and discussed with the audience.

The festival is curated by a group of female curators including Markéta Mansfieldová, Elisabeth Pichler, and Tereza Rudolf, and consists of exhibitions, discursive events, and artistic interventions, which take place during September and October 2022.

Christina Werner, from the work „Neues Europa“, Neues Europa #3, fineart print on aluminum, 37 x 57 cm, 2013. copyright: Bildrecht Vienna/Christina Werner

Christina Werner, from the work „Neues Europa“, Neues Europa #3, fineart print on aluminum, 37 x 57 cm, 2013. copyright: Bildrecht Vienna/Christina Werner


8 Sep2022  6PM Opening of the festival

Opening of Fotograf Festival #12 No One Belongs Here More Than You

Fotograf Gallery
Jungmannova 7, Prague 1
8 Sep2022  6PM

Opening of the exhibition Extremely Normal

Fotograf Gallery
Jungmannova 7, Prague 1

Extremely Normal

Fotograf Gallery
Jungmannova 7, Prague 1

Practices of Belonging

Jeleni Gallery
Dukelských Hrdinů 500/25a, Prague 7
10 Sep2022  6PM Lecture

Artist talk: Mykola Ridnyi

Fotograf Gallery
Jungmannova 7, Prague 1


Fotograf Festival is organised by Fotograf 07 z.s.
Jungmannova 7
Praha 1, 110 00
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Tereza Rudolf
Artistic director & curator

Sandra Fargula
Festival Manager

Jan Hladoník
PR & Marketing
+420 773 020 103

Markéta Mansfieldová

Elisabeth Pichler

Tereza Vacková
Media Relations
+420 605 709 741

Světlana Malinová

Viktorie Vítů
Assistant of Director & Educational Programme

Tomáš Vobořil

Nikola Schnitzerová
guest service

Pavel Matěj
technical production

Marie Rozmánková
Finances and Administration

Adéla Vosičková, Dita Havránková, Jan Kolský

Bronislav Musil
Graphic designer

Aleš Loziak

Ian Mikyska, Lenka M. Čapková, Františka Blažková


About festival

The Fotograf Festival explores intersections in photography and contemporary art – just like its partner projects – Fotograf Gallery and Fotograf Magazine. Festival is held in Autumn months and it presents current topic through solo as well as group exhibitions prepared in cooperation with invited domestic or foreign curators in various Prague galleries and institutions. A series of discussions, atist talks, site-specific events, public space exhibitions, projections and guided/commented tours accompany that exhibition program. Fotograf Festival is the only thematic- and curator-conceived photography festival in the Czech Republic. Its aim is to promote the photographic medium and its broader integration into contemporary art and into the conscience of the general public.

The discussions, at which invited experts debate each other on the current festival theme in the context of visual art, are meant not only for the expert public, but for the lay public as well. Fotograf Festival looks to build a tradition and a new platform for a photography festival that places Prague among other important centers for photography and the visual arts in Europe.  It strives to share contemporary photographic art and the creation of a thematically-focused space where the general public and experts from around the world can meet.

Festival organizer

Patronage of the festival

The Fotograf Festival is organised by the Fotograf 07 z.s. with the support of the City Council of Prague (600 000 CZK), the Czech Ministry of Culture and State Fund of Culture Czech Republic.