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8. 9. – 9. 10. 2016 MIRO MYSKA – BLACK AND WHITE WORLD

MIRO MYSKA – BLACK AND WHITE WORLD © Caucasus, Kazbek, 1974MIRO MYSKA – BLACK AND WHITE WORLD © Mongolia, Caravan, 1971
MIRO MYSKA – BLACK AND WHITE WORLD © Mongolia, Smoker, 1971MIRO MYSKA – BLACK AND WHITE WORLD © Mongolia, Siesta, 1971
MIRO MYSKA – BLACK AND WHITE WORLD © Greece, Christening, 1977MIRO MYSKA – BLACK AND WHITE WORLD © Greece, Patriarch, 1977

Born 3rd May 1965 in Brno. He trained as a typesetter and later studied photography at the Academy of Arts in Brno (1972). He is a member of Association of Artists, founding member od Setkání group (1975), and member of Association Q. He lives and works in Brno. Earlier he worked as a promotional photographer in Nábytek Brno, now he is a freelancer.

He joined the photographic melee at the beginning of the 1970s with his documentary images from Mongolia, Liptov, Greece. Alongside documentary photography he also worked on series of photographs of nudes, textures, structures and collages. He joins these groups and confronts them at exhibitions. Between 1977 and 1990 he taught reportage and documentary photography at the Institute of Creative Photography SČF. Since 1990 he’s been teaching at the Silesian University’s Institute of Creative Photography in Opava. Between 1995 and 1997 he was a visiting professor at the Faculty of Creative Arts of VUT in Brno.

His photography moves on two planes: there are cycles based on light and shape and documentary cycles. In the second half of the 1970s, Miroslav Myška continued producing documentary series which he made while travelling in Georgia, Ukraine, Russia and the Balkans. His photographs from Greece and the Turkish settlements in Bulgaria were shown numerous times in solo exhibitions and at the Setkání group. Art theorist Václav Zykmund wrote in the Balkans exhibition catalogue in 1977 that in his work Myška blurrs the boundaries between portrait and reportage photography. But he always documents because in his photographs he depicts humanity and society, offers the facility to share the content, understand it and emotionally tune into the note put forward, which shifs his photographs beyond a mere reportage conveying information only.

In the 1980s, Myška’s interest expanded to another creative stream - photographic compositions of parts of objects made of concrete. He transforms the details of aesthetically uninviting concrete walls into graphic images, as for example in his impressive photographs of the details of the Ronchamp chapel. He also began working on a series of macro photographs of billboard spaces which he calls Decolages. These impressive details of various posters represent his fascination with the fragments of fonts and are a legacy to Myška’s original profession of a typesetter. Miroslav Myška also photographed landscape and structural compositions of stones, sometimes in combination with nude bodies, and he also continued to photograph nudes in a studio.

Following on from his early documentary photographs from Mongolia and Greece, between 1994 and 1997 he documented the Czech villages in the Romanian area of Banat. In the exhibition Myška also shows his documentary photographs from the meeting of European Gypsies in the Camargue in France in 2001 and 2002. His colour documentary photographs also include images from India 1999, Cuba 2005, Peru 2007, Mongolia 2009, Venice 2011-2015. His last open series are Doors and Textures.

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