Othová, Markéta / Return
12 B/W photographs, E.A., Edition 5; 100 × 160 cm
purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
Return (2000) is a series of twelve large-format photographs (110×160 cm) which represents one of Othová’s first uses of sequential photography. In this sequence, she captures an entirely routine activity – a woman walking a dog along a Prague street lined with parked cars. The series as a whole evokes the frozen frames of a film. Othová imbues this ostensibly unimportant, barely noticeable act with importance by “dissecting” it and disintegrating it to create twelve separate yet inextricably interrelated photographs. This generates a tension between the reality depicted (the banal activity of walking a dog) and the form of depiction (the large-format photographs expanded into a long series).