Újezd 19, Praha 1 - Malá Strana

25. 2. – 3. 4. 2016 VOJTĚCH VLK - TranSpriRituals

TranSpiRituals © Vojtěch Vlk, www.vojtechvlk.com: Holy men from Varanasi, India 2014TranSpiRituals © Vojtěch Vlk, www.vojtechvlk.com: Holy men from Varanasi, India 2014
TranSpiRituals © Vojtěch Vlk, www.vojtechvlk.com: Holy men from Varanasi, India 2014TranSpiRituals © Vojtěch Vlk, www.vojtechvlk.com: Buddhist monk in Bodhgaya, India 2014
TranSpiRituals © Vojtěch Vlk, www.vojtechvlk.com: Semana Santa in Andalucia, Spain 2015TranSpiRituals © Vojtěch Vlk, www.vojtechvlk.com: Semana Santa in Andalucia, Spain 2015
TranSpiRituals © Vojtěch Vlk, www.vojtechvlk.com: Orthodox priest in Bethlehem, Palestine 2006TranSpiRituals © Vojtěch Vlk, www.vojtechvlk.com: Old woman at Greek Orthodox mass, Ukraine 1996

The retrospective TranSpiRituals presents a cross section of Vojtěch Vlk’s documentary work and portraiture. It offers black and white photographs maping out a search for the spiritual side of existence across various religions.

The author has devoted two decades to creating picture essays about various communities and individuals living outside the spellbinding tempo of present life. He has been observing the various attempts to transcend the material dimension of the world since the start of his professional carrier. In doing so he contributes to the unfolding of humanity’s common roots, even though he accepts the existence of an individual degree of difference in every person. His recurrent motif are the eyes, the link between the inner and outer world.

The base of Vlk’s message should be recognised in supplemental opposits. The photographer’s doesn’t surprise with a play of light and shadow, but in this case the duality is accompanied with the convergence of the profane with what transends it, or the resonation of the yin and yang energy.

In the middle of the 1990s, as professor Pavel Štecha’s student at UMPRUM in Prague, Vojtěch Vlk documented the activities of the St Anthony House of Congregation of Merciful Sisters of St Karel Boromejský, which provides institutional care and social services in Moravské Budějovice, Vlk’s home town. The set of photographs from Israel and Palestine was done when Vlk was an intern at the Bezalel University in Jerusalem. Later he documented the life of the Kaputsin order in Prague’s Loreta. Vojtěch Vlk is also the author of a photographic book Was ewig bleibt (2006) on the Premonstratensian Monastery in Innsbruck.

A series of reportages from Easter celebrations in the Philippines, Mexico and Andalucia at the exhibition compliment the large format portraits of holy men, sadhus from Varanasi in India. Next to images taken in such a way as not to disturb the religious ceremonies there are also artificially lit photographs. Together they substantiate the link between Vojtěch Vlk’s documentary roots with his portrait expertise, which is currently his main interest.

Vojtěch Vlk was born in Třebíč in 1973, and has lived in Prague since the middle of the 1990s. He also works as a studio and corporate photographer.

Josef Moucha

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