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Paris Photo Preview
During Paris Photo, Photoport Gallery from Bratislava, Slovakia, will present the work of several photographic artists. Here is a brief preview, with texts provided by art specialists in Slovakia.
Juraj Fifik captures completely accidental situations which overlap with intentionally staged scenes devised in advance. He focuses on figures in various everyday activities and acts, but also in absurd and unusual poses, gestures or postures.
Ján Kekeli originally began with documentary photography before switching from recording reality to art photography. However, he remained faithful to the principles of documentary work – he still finds his inspiration in the real world.
He selects situations, compositions and emotions which enable him to create visually impressive images embodying his personal attitude to life. He does not avoid even partial staging, but it is always unforced. Artificial impressions are forbidden. Authenticity is the priority. Every cycle of his is a reflection of what he must confront every day.
Lucia Stránaiová most frequently focuses on human relations. She tries to peek inside the human interior at emotions like desire, estrangement, thrill and resignation. She subsequently veils abstract feelings in deliberate concepts and installations. She searches for new means of expression and does not avoid experimenting. Despite certain common thematic signs, Stránaiová has avoided a unifying visual style so far. She is aware of the fact that she still has time to form her own signature which is why she has chosen the road of examining and searching.
This article is part of a series previewing galleries showing at Paris Photo 2010, where the spotlight this year is on Central and Eastern Europe.
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