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Kalhous, Michal / Untitled

2006

Untitled / fomaspeed variant photographic enlargement; 108 × 152 cm

purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture

A purely personal photograph in which Kalhous references the photographer Josef Sudek, offering a processual commentary and opening up deeper critical approaches. By photographing Sudek’s original photograph and showing a banal, undisguised reflection of his own camera (which formally disrupts the original work), he expresses his respect for Sudek, contrasting it with the motif of his own (deliberately expressed) lack of technical proficiency. However, this gesture can also be interpreted as an expression of Kalhous’s postmodern approach to photography and to art in general. It is a post-production quotation of a well-known artistic figure, or rather a well-known work, which is manipulated and used as the raw material for an additional process. The undisguised banality of the reflection, combined with the renowned and respected photograph, resonates with a conceptual approach. On the one hand it displays a lightness of touch, with elements of marginality brought to the core of the artist’s intention, yet on the other hand this shift can be viewed as a criticism of the way in which photographs are perceived as untouchable aesthetic artefacts – a perception which was still dominant on the Czech scene during the second half of the 20th century. Both these facets represent strong arguments for capturing the shifting perception of photography as a medium, and also the shifting perception of post-production, which first emerged during the 1980s as a subversive artistic strategy.

KALHOUS MICHAL

(*1967, Valašské Meziříčí) Photographer. After studying mathematics and physics at the Science Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc (1985─1990), he then studied for an art degree (also in Olomouc) from 1990 to 1995, but did not complete his studies. In 2001─2006 he worked as a curator for the Šternberk Gallery. Since 2006 he has been an assistant professor and studio head at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Ostrava (Department of Intermedia Studies). He has exhibited (both individually and as part of group exhibitions) since 1995. Kalhous is a member of a highly talented generation of Czech photographers who experiment with the medium and probe its boundaries. His genre pieces and landscapes are particularly remarkable, capturing imprints of everyday reality which is either recorded authentically, as it occurs, or in a decontextualized form. In his early work he focused on highly intense themes of death and other extreme situations, and in his later career he became fascinated with the power of the everyday, which eventually morphed into his current interest in his own family environment.
fomaspeed variant photographic enlargement; 108 × 78,8 cm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2002

Kalhous, Michal / Untitled

fomaspeed variant photographic enlargement, 78,2 × 108 cm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
1998

Kalhous, Michal / Bez názvu

from the series I Don’t Paint, fomaspeed variant photographic enlargement, 65 × 102,5 cm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2004

Kalhous, Michal / Untitled

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