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House of Art
TUES–SUN 10:00–18:00

UNDERGROUND / A Human portrait

31. 1. 2023

The opening will take place on Tuesday 31 January at 5 p.m.

free entrance

In 2014 I began working on a project to create photographic portraits of figures from the unofficial Czech cultural scene – the subculture, the underground. I realized that it was high time to make a conceptually systematic visual record of this unique community of people – a generation that is sadly now beginning to disappear. 
The project has created a kind of visual gene pool, consisting of unstylized studio portraits of exceptional cultural personalities, juxtaposed with their parents and children.
I think that during the eight years I’ve spent working on the project, I’ve succeeded in documenting and mapping this unique community – which has never previously been documented in this way. 
Rudo Prekop
The project presents studio portraits of cultural figures who have made a major contribution to Czech society’s development – in cultural, social, mental, moral and general human terms. Rudo Prekop has expanded the set of portraits to include generational shifts – incorporating both an “upward” shift (the subjects’ parents) and a “downward” shift (their daughters, sons, or partners).
Jiří Jůza
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