In The Sky

A Hollywood blockbuster, a trashy paperback novel you would buy at the airport to ease the pain of a long flight or a general reference to our current socio-political discourse, both resonate through a title of this years iteration of Fotograf Festival. Oxford Dictionary named the term “post-truth” the word of the year 2016. So many aspects of our current climate which previously had a space just in the academic or artistic discussion found their prominent place in the broad public discussion. All the ground bases of our digital age are shaking. Google is being for the first time openly criticised as a tool of manipulation, loosing its status of neutral search engine, founding it’s new unfavourable description as an economically driven biased and selectively interpreting agent. For the idea of the social networks as spaces of open communication and democratic dissemination of information was 2016 also quite harmful. The Guardian called 2016 the year when “Facebook became the bad guy” after all the “fake news” controversies following the US presidential elections putting at the end the white supremacist to a position of one of the most powerful men on the planet. It comes with an unsettling surprise that after Trumps victory sales of old classics like Orwell’s “1984” or Arendt’s “The Origin of Totalitarianism” hipped to the unprecedented levels. Does it mean that people of the western world are starting to think for the first time in decades about the idea of totalitarianism, issue which they didn’t find worth of an attention on their way to the voting rooms?

The question of awareness seems to be of an essence in respect to any current issue. Wikileaks operates since 2006, in 2013 Snowden and Chelsea Manning happened. We all know, or have a possibility to know through their actions and reactions of others how is the original utopian idea of a free democratic cyberspace deformed, ruptured and raped. We all know that every piece of data we share could be watched by an ungraspable “Eye in the Sky” and used agains us, but what actually happened since then? How did we changed our behaviour in the virtual space besides the fact that some of us are putting a piece of a tape over their webcams?

Our freedom to choose is given and still in place. To know and react, to know and ignore or ignore to know. That’s a prerogative of our otherwise flawed system. The question is to which extent should it be possible for us to ignore things at the point when everything that was built since the WWII in the fields of human rights and mutual tolerance is in peril and “post-truth” became our natural environment. Comedians have a tendency to say that they are able to verbalise and point out problems of a society much ahead of journalists and politicians, visual artists like to consider themselves similarly, now when every piece of news seems as the most tragicomic and unpredictable joke ever made, this privileged avant-garde position is lost, putting much more pressure on responsibility of each of us.


Fotograf Festival is organised by Fotograf 07 z.s.
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Tereza Rudolf
Artistic director & curator

Sandra Fargula
Festival Manager

Jan Hladoník
PR & Marketing
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Markéta Mansfieldová

Elisabeth Pichler

Tereza Vacková
Media Relations
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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.