ISBN: 978-80-7215-381-7|Published: 2009|Pages: 132
Binding: Softbound|Format: 160 x 180 mm|Graphic design: Pavel Lev, Studio Najbrt
In the course of almost thirty years, the photographer Ivan Pinkava (b. 1961) has created his own distinctive visual language, which can reasonably be identified with his own way of thinking about the world. The figures and still lifes in his works intertwine. They are a modern mirroring of deeper thought processes following on from the language of traditional Western culture. Pinkava intentionally enters wellknown iconographic situations in order to change them, sometimes inconspicously, sometimes radically, jumbling, renaming, emptying, veiling, or making them stand out in another light. He blurs conventional meanings concealed behind the names of classical and biblical figures. In historical settings he finds something common to the present and future and true to both – namely, prefigurations of human uncertainty stemming from our own physical ransitoriness. The author of the introductory essay, Petr Vaňous, is an art historian, critic, and curator.