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Kalhous, Michal / Untitled

2002

fomaspeed variant photographic enlargement; 108 × 78,8 cm

purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture

This photograph originated in a Swedish hotel room where the artist stayed on his travels. It encodes both a microcosm (the cold, impersonal atmosphere of a hotel room) and a macrocosm (interpersonal relationships). The macrocosmic dimension is present in the photograph at first sight, and is communicated to the viewer without any need for familiarity with the context in which the photograph was taken. The lamp, which illuminates both beds equally, is a symbolic arbiter, a shared vertical line which fairly divides individual worlds of subjectivity from each other. However, paradoxically, the lamp – which usually has a softening effect on interiors, making them more cosy and intimate – functions here as a cold barrier preventing intimate proximity. Without depicting any human presence, this photograph comments on inner human psychological attitudes and desires – though it can also be viewed as a more general assessment of contemporary human society, from which closeness is slowly but surely disappearing.

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

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Untitled / fomaspeed variant photographic enlargement; 108 × 152 cm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2006

Kalhous, Michal / Untitled

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

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