Month of Photography gripped by the Velvet Revolution

The world's photographers will present their work in Bratislava.

A visitor to the 2017 Month of Photography festival in Bratislava looks at a photo by Polish photographer Dominika GesickaA visitor to the 2017 Month of Photography festival in Bratislava looks at a photo by Polish photographer Dominika Gesicka (Source: TASR)

As in previous years, several cultural hubs in Bratislava will be holding events as part of the Month of Photography international festival.

“On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, we decided to include a selection of works reflecting the November 1989 events,” Václav Macek, head of the festival, said in a press release.

Apart from displaying the work of those who opposed the communist regime, the event presents contemporary photography of central and eastern Europe.

The festival will also welcome several international photographers and photo artists, including Joan Fontcubert and Cédric Delsaux, during the coming weeks.

About 30 exhibitions will be held in Bratislava thanks to the Central European House of Photography. The opening week takes place between October 29 and November 2.

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The festival’s best bits

Some of the exhibitions will bring back memories of the communist era and the Velvet Revolution. This includes the “Sametová/Nežná” (Velvet in English) exhibition and the exhibition presenting Slušovice, a village in the Czech Republic, which used to be Czechoslovakia’s showcase for its huge and thriving collective farm.

In addition, the Love-Krowe project by Witold Krassowski presents Polish independent culture in the eighties. Conversely, the two projects, 17/11 and Višegrád 30 rokov po páde múru (Visegrad 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall), reflect the state of culture after the regime declined.

At the same time, the OFF Bratislava festival, will be held at KC Dunaj until November 15.

A feast of international photography

The festival is also hosting the Russian group AES+F, which incorporates photography, video art and digital technology in their work. They have brought the Feast of Trimalchio to Bratislava, which displays monumental video installations and digital “paintings”. It visually interprets the Satyricon, a Latin work of fiction by Petronius.

Spanish photographer and writer Joan Fontcubert will be presenting his works in the Slovak capital, too. He studies the truth and photography in his works. He will bring his series Trauma and Gastropoda to Bratislava. The photographer will hold a lecture in the capital, too.

“Photographs are subject to organic metabolism: they are born, grow, reproduce and die to re-launch the life cycle,“ he said, as quoted in the press release.

In December, French photographer Cédric Delsaux will bring his series named Welcome to the Dark Corporation to the Central European House of Photography in Bratislava. He is known for raising concerns in people via his works.

The Danubiana gallery will become home to the work of Czech photographer Vladimír Židlický', mapping his career of 50 years.

As far as the collective exhibitions go, these include several works from this year's La Gacilly-Baden Festival and the 2018 Leica Oskar Barnack Award, an international photo competition.

The complete festival bulletin can be downloaded here and the list of paid exhibitions here.

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