Artistic vision of Czechoslovakia split offered at FotoFest exhibit
HOUSTON — After one country splits into two nations, do artistic styles drastically differ with time, or is there a commonality present between artists of the now separate countries? Nearly 20 years since the split-up of Czechoslovakia, a photo exhibition at the University of Houston-Clear Lake explores this issue.
Featuring photographs from faculty and students from the Institute of Art and Design of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic, and from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, “Reconnecting Through Photography: Czech Republic – Slovak Republic” will be exhibited on the second floor of UH-Clear Lake Bayou Building, Atrium I, Feb. 15 through April 6, 2012. The public is invited to a panel discussion and reception in celebration of the exhibition at 6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in UH-Clear Lake’s Bayou Building Forest Room.
Presented in conjunction with FotoFest 2012 Biennial and as part of the University of Houston-Clear Lake International Art Consortium, the exhibition includes work by four faculty members and six students from Slovakia, and three faculty members and 13 students from the Czech Republic. The featured faculty members include Vojtěch Aubrecht, Katarína Bričová, Jana Hojstričová, Silvia Saparová, Ľubo Stacho, Věra Stuchelová and Miro Švolík. Students in the exhibition are: Barbora Brišová, Peter Cibák, Aliaksei Goubarev, Barbora Klimszová, Jakub Koc, Martin Koranda, Jiří Langer, Václav Marian, Irina Melnik, Patrik Mikloš, Barbora Mráčková, Michaela Munzarová, Boris Németh, Iva Osuská, Josef Řičica, Aliaksandr Sharavarau, Denisa Slavová, Pavel Švejda and Táňa Takáčová.
The works in the exhibition represent a wide range of imagery, from portraiture to landscape, architecture to still life, interiors to dream visions.
“Within the entire exhibition there is a consistent feeling of the viewer entering a surreal world, which is certainly in keeping with the history of photography in both countries,” says exhibition curator Clint Willour. “There is also a voyeuristic approach to many of the images, as well as a feeling of surveillance – perhaps a carry-over from the past histories of the countries. The most important thing to me is that there commonality between the works from both countries that truly does reconnect them.”
The panel discussion and reception on March 22, 6-8 p.m., features: Vojtěch Aubrecht, exhibiting artist and professor of photography at the Institute of Art and Design at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic; Zachary Doleshal, a doctoral candidate specializing in Czech history at The University of Texas at Austin; Bohunka Koklesová, professor of art theory at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovak Republic; and Matthew Linton, associate professor of art and design at UH-Clear Lake. It will be moderated by Willour.
Admission is free to the exhibition and reception, and parking is available for $5 in the visitor’s lot. Visit http://www.uhcl.edu/maps for directions. To RSVP, contact the Art Gallery by calling 281.283.3311 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 40 undergraduate and over 45 graduate degree programs, as well as a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.
This art exhibition is funded through the generosity of Houston Endowment Inc. and Lunar Rendezvous Festival. Additional support is provided by the University of Houston-Clear Lake Office of University Advancement and the Dean of the school of Human Sciences and Humanities. Any person needing an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in this event should contact Office of Disability Services at 281.283.2626 at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.