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Josef Koudelka: De-creazione

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Address: Trade Fair Palace
Dukelských hrdinů 47
Czech Republic
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Starts: 22 March, 2018
Ends: 23 September, 2018
Opening times: Closed Mondays. Tue-Sun 1000-1800hrs
Price: Free
Genre: General

"Man is not the omniscient master of a globe who can impersonally make what he thinks of it and what it is for some reason."
Václav Havel at the conference "Environment for Europe in 1991".

A set of photographs titled De-creazione was created by photographer Josef Koudelka for the first presentation of the Holy See at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. The Vatican Museum offered to cooperate, apart from Josef Koudelka, also the Italian art group Studio Azzurro and the Australian painter Lawrence Carrollo. The addressed artists were to portray three themes inspired by Genesis: Creazione, De-creazione and Ri-creazione, while Josef Koudelka chose a theme that has been intensively devoted to three decades and which has so far been summed up in fifteen published books dealing with the depiction of irreversible human interventions landscape.

His set of De-creazione is a series of eighteen photos, consisting of nine large horizontal panoramas (91 x 257 cm) and three vertical triptychs (158 x 150 cm). The collection captures the three main themes that Josef Koudelka chose for the idea of ​​destruction: the interference of time with human history and the environment, earthquakes and other natural disasters have influenced us for centuries; war conflicts, walls and other barriers that we build are becoming symbols of fear and hatred; and finally two opposing poles - nature and the industrial world, which are in the long-term conflict just as painful and malignant. Koudel's engagement through large-format images draws attention to the imbalance in the relationship between man and his environment, and at the same time reveals the human tendency towards never-ending destruction. "Just as there is a crime against humanity, there is a crime against the countryside. It is not important what this crime is being defended, and as it is called. People can defend themselves, but no country, "says Josef Koudelka.

Josef Koudelka would like to thank all those involved in the project: Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi (President of the Pontifical Council for Culture), Antonio Paolucci, Micol Forti (Vatican Museum), Alessandra Mauro, Roberto Koch, Peter MacGill, Lauren Panzo Gallery, New York), Lawrence Barth, Irena Šorfová.

The publication is based on all the presented photographs. At the same time, the retrospective exhibition Koudelka: Returns to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague is taking place at the same time.

Concept: Josef Koudelka
Curator: Irena Šorfová


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