I am searching out subtle evidences of the connections between landscape and human, exploring man’s sense of symmetry. I am interested in exactly how we have come to be here on this part of our Planet. I am following the footprints left behind in landscapes.
In so doing I am not interested in the human being as an individual with specific personality. I am interested in the whole of humanity as a community, the whole human swarm and its behaviour.
We are aggressive and invasive animals. However, before I start accusing humanity of anything, I would prefer to observe those features that have been developing through evolution. I believe in our incredible potential and I believe that we still don’t know how to effectively and meaningfully use it.
My photographs are about the humanity in which I believe. I believe in its ability (or the ability of its Creator).
Education / Photography experience:
1992 - 1998 – Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Praha, Czech Republic (title Ing.)
2008 – first contact with photography
2009 – 2014 – Institute of creative photography, Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic (title BcA.)
Exhibitions / reviews:
11. 6. 2016 (confirmed): F! Photofestival, Brno, CZ – Swarm intelligence
October 2016 (confirmed): Gallery Fotografic, Prague, CZ - solo exhibition – The Planet, Exoplanets, Swarm Intelligence, Mythical mountains Rip I and Rip II, Dialogue, Violatad landscape, The Pipeline
Q3 2016: MUSA Museum Start Gallery Artothek, Vienna, AT - Violated landscape
Q3 2016: Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest, HU - Violated landscape
2016: Galerie 4, Cheb, CZ – Čtvrtstoletí. Institut tvůrčí fotografie FPF Slezské univerzity v Opavě 1990–2015 – Violated landscape
2016: Prague Photo, Prague, CZ – The Planet
2016: Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris, FR – Violated landscape
2016: Maison de la Photographie, Lille, FR – Violated landscape
2015: Poznan Photo Diploma Award, Poznan, PL – Violated landscape - finalist
2015: OFF Festival Bratislava, SK – Violated landscape
2015: Gallery NOD Roxy, Prague, CZ, Samorosti 2015 – Violated landscape
2015: Lesní směs, Gallery in Café v Lese, Prague, CZ – 2 projects: Swarm Intelligence, The Pipeline (solo exhibition)
2015: Syngenta Photography Award 2015 exhibitions in, London, UK, Säo Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, BRA – one photograph from serie Violated Landscape
2015: 25 years of Institute of creative photography in Opava, Opava, CZ – Violated landscape
2015: Unigeo Art Festival, Horní Bečva, CZ – Dialogue
2015: Prague Photo, Prague, CZ – Violated Landscape – exhibition of Institute of Creative Photography
2015: „Ticho/Silence“, Industra Gallery, Brno, CZ – Violated Landscape
2014: Photofestival „Month of Photography 2014, Bratislava“, Bratislava, SK – official portfolio review – Violated Landscape has been choosen as one of the TOP 15 portfolios
2014: Fotosféra photofestival, Prague, CZ – Planets (Fotofresh Canon Award – member of Top 12)
2014: Rector’s building of Silesian University, Opava, CZ – Violated Landscape (solo exhibition)
2014: Photofestival Photovisa, Krasnodar, RU – Violated Landscape (2nd place in contest, exhibited finalist, one photograph from series Violated Landscape)
2014: Off Station Open Festival, Plzeň, CZ – Violated Landscape
2013: Unigeo Art Festival, Horní Bečva, CZ – Violated Landscape / preliminary concept
2012: Unigeo Art Festival, Horní Bečva, CZ – The Pipeline
2011: World Biennial of Student Photography, Novi Sad, SRB – series The Singles awarded by EQUAL PRIZE
2011: Unigeo Art Festival, Horní Bečva, CZ – serie The Singles
2011: Galerie DČČB, České Budějovice, CZ – serie The Singles (solo exhibition)
2011: Galerie Měsíc ve dne, České Budějovice, CZ – serie Frozen industria
2010: Galerie Juliska, Prague, CZ – series Planets, Paintings, Street parallels (solo exhibition)
Private collectors, MUO – Museum umění Olomouc
|| „David Bowie“ Mountain and „Tomáš Chadim“ Mountain, 2016
|| Mythical mountains Říp I and Říp II, 2015
Intentionally I fully intend to disturb the daily visual experience of how the mythical mountain of Říp looks. Říp is the place where, according to legend, Czech history began.
Today we face the challenges of integrating into a "European landscape", and identify ourselves with other imaginary and mythical mountains (the "Říps" if you will,) of our European neighbours. As a nation I believe we should firstly leave behind our sense of local smallness, and then start breaking myths and ingrained stereotypes.
|| The Planet, 2016
The Planet as it existed here a hundred thousand years ago. It was covered by deep dense forest, and to be precise, right here in the central part of one continent. Forests were waiting for the very first human beings – for immigrants from another continent of the same Planet.
Those animals – human beings – came and will one day disappear again. They leave only scars in the landscape, which are gradually healed by the forest itself. Once again, it is returning to being an unnamed Planet.
|| Swarm Intelligence, 2015
We're a bit like insects. We are ubiquitous. And sometimes there comes an intense swarming = a concentration of our power.
However, unlike insect communities, the swarming of our community misses one single goal, a clear intent and also unified vision. Simply put, we miss swarm intelligence.
|| Dialog, 2014
In today's world people are losing the ability to communicate. There are many topics up for discussion, and it's always a good time to initiate dialogue.
|| The Pipeline, 2014
Men are working on a large piping system, which is a part of the landscape, but is hidden under the surface - as if under her skin. The landscape is riddled with such a system as well as the interwoven human vascular system, which circulates vital fluid. People both systems need to live - as the vascular, and the pipeline.
|| Violated landscape, 2014
They are everywhere. They are sticking out all over the Czech landscape. Antennas, transmission towers, water reservoirs, gas storage tanks, floodlights, billboards, concrete plants, cooling towers, cranes and other technological structures. Take a walk through the countryside. It's like you almost can't find a single place unoccupied by at least one of these structures.
We are by nature aggressive beings, extensively violating the landscape. Yet I find all these structures profoundly fascinating, and highly attractive, for we are not only invasive beings, but also creative.
|| Exoplanets, 2009
What you see are my own photographs of the surfaces of far-off distant EXOPLANETS from their orbits. These planets are not part of our Solar system. It is something that man would really love to see, but can't.