Fotograf Festival #11

How can we, in Central Europe, depict the climate crisis and speak about it using a language other than that of science? 

The eleventh edition of the Fotograf Festival, with its theme of „Earthlings”, tasks itself with showing the traces, perspectives, and communication channels offered by the planet itself, thanks to which we can start becoming Earthlings – competent observers of the changes taking place in our immediate surroundings, changes that cannot be understood without understanding broader planetary contexts (depletion of water reserves, devastating floods, soil erosion, agricultural problems, unbearable summer heatwaves, and forest disasters). 

At present, the public debate only includes the voices of scientists, bureaucrats, or politicians, who use the authority of expert images to describe ongoing changes and forthcoming catastrophes. Public space presents no images that exceed the established norms of scientific representation, and those who are directly affected by these changes are heard little or not at all. The presence of the planet as an active force producing its own images and means of disseminating them, however, gives power to these alternative voices and images.

The festival does not aim to deny or reject scientific images and languages – quite the contrary, it aims to consider them as a component in a broader range of aesthetics. In their disparateness and difference, these can describe the real terrain of what it means to inhabit the planet – how to be an Earthling, both generally and here and now, in Central Europe.

Curator: Lukáš Likavčan

The full curatorial text can be downloaded


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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.

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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.