Kotzmann. Alena Kotzmannová. Kant Books.

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Kotzmann.  Alena Kotzmannová. Kant Books.

The means of photography that Alena Kotzmannová uses is derived much more from a dialogue between the photographer and viewer. The difference between the creator and the later consumer of the photographic image is, to a large degree, blurred in such a concept of photography, which is not uncommon in contemporary art. This in fact results from the very process of creating these pictures. Kotzmannová does not make a preconceived work – first she looks. Before she becomes the photographer that pushes the shutter-release button, she is a person who sees something that she decides to take a picture of. The appeal of her photography does not lie in a photojournalistic boast: I have been to places that you have not. No matter where her pictures come from, they feature everyday things lying in the backdrop of spectacular photogenic events. These are situations that can happen anywhere in the world. Kotzmannová does not show exclusive shots from exotic countries to her viewers, but instead provides the viewer with instructions how the viewer himself should proceed in viewing the world and what can be seen in it. Yes, the final photographic image and its aesthetic quality is also essential. But its meaning is, above all, the aforementioned strategy for viewing the world.

English / Czech
308 pages


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Jiří Kovanda. Catalogue Raisonné. Faculty of Fine Arts and Design – University of Jan Evangelista Purkyne. Ústí nad Labem

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Jiří Kovanda

Editor: Edith Jeřábková
Catalogue conception: Edith Jeřábková, Jiří Kovanda

Published by Faculty of Fine Arts and Design – University of Jan Evangelista Purkyne, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic © 2010

Texts: Richard Adam, Nina Beier & Marie Lund, Vjera Borozan, Karel Císař, Jan Černý, Jiří David, Guillaume Désanges, gb agency Paris, Františka and Tim Gilman-Ševčíkovi, Vít Havránek, Zdena Kolečková & Michal Koleček, Galerie Krobath Wimmer, Zofi a Kulik, Dominik Lang, Lenka Lindaurová, Petr Lysáček, Ivan Mečl, Josephine Michau, Jan Mlčoch, Pavlína Morganová, Boris Ondreička, Michal Pěchouček, Marek Pokorný, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Rafani, Noemi Smolik, Jana Ševčíková a Jiří Ševčík, Jiří Valoch, Catherine Wood

Supported by Galerie Klatovy / Klenová, Galerie výtvarného umění v Chebu, SVIT Praha, gb agency

First edition
288 pages
800 pcs.

D 43€