Image versus counter-memories

Two lectures, presented by the representatives of the Prague-based educative and interdisciplinary platform Fresh Eye, offer an insight into the totalitarian past of the Czechoslovak modern history in order to provide a revision of some of its well-established notions and representations. Based on a rigorous work with the variety of archival sources (documentary films, photographs, architectonic sketches, correspondence and bureaucratic documents), they examine two different periods and cases: an official approach of the post-war democratic (1945-48) and communist (1948-1955) political representation to the issue of reconstruction and preservation of cultural heritage in times of the first decade of the post-WWII Reconstruction; and a relationship between the Czechoslovak and Polish contemporary art scene in the period of the 1970’s. In both cases, the lectures aim to point out on the less known ideological and institutional frames through which the opposite regimes can be seen as surprisingly cooperative units and the neighbohouring countries united under the one central ideological and political frame as non-cooperative singularities.

Organizator/ka: Widok. Fundacja Kultury Wizualnej

Dr. Andrea Průchová Hrůzová is a researcher and university lecturer. She is a founder of the visual research platform Fresh Eye and collaborates with the Czech Academy of Sciences, Charles University and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. In her work, she explores the intersections of visual culture and memory studies and follows the issue of representation of marginalised groups. She has contributed to Handbook of Image Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), Photographs and History (Turku University Press, 2018), Historiography of National Leaders (2017) and Life Writings and Politics of Memory in Eastern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She has published on visual representation of migrants in the Central European media in European Journal of Cultural Studies (2020). She is a co-author of the artistic book We Have Never Been Earth (VSW Press, 2019). Andrea has translated Berger’s Ways of Seeing and co-translated Mitchell’s Picture Theory and Mirzoeff’s How to See the World to Czech. She is a Fulbright (NYU Steinhardt, Pratt Institute), Georg Eckert Institute and Visual Studies Workshop alumna.
Pavla Rousková is an independent curator and producer graduated in a Theory and History of Modern and Contemporary Art in Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. With an interest in art history of Central and Eastern Europe and its social and political context she dedicated her theses to artistic connections of Czechoslovakia and Poland during the 70’s and 80’s. Following the need of interdisciplinary discussion and broader concept of image study she joined the platform for visual studies Fresh Eye where she edits and develops the online library with an aim to reflect the topic of upcoming events in a variety of perspectives. She has contributed to Ex-position: on the exhibiting of museum collections of art, design and architecture (UMPRUM, 2018) with a paper dedicated to potential of peripheral art collections. She works as a producer and organizer of cultural events.
Dr Weronika Parfianowicz member of Workshop for Urban Studies. She completed her dissertation on Polish and Czech projects of Central Europe. Her research interests involve Central European urban culture, Czech avant-garde and underground. In 2012, she was a Višegrad Fund’s scholar at the Faculty of Arts (Charles University, Prague). She is the author of articles on contemporary Czech culture and Central European literature (published in “Teksty Drugie”, “Kultura Współczesna”, “Barok”, “Res Publica”, “Krytyka Polityczna”, “Lampa” and the Czech journal “A2”).

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