Duration:Sep. 22, 2023 - Feb. 11, 2023
Curator:Monika Čejková & Martina Poliačková
Text by:Fotograf Festival & Národní Galerie Praha
Address:National Gallery Prague – Trade Fair Palace, Dukelských Hrdinů 47, Prague 1, Prague 7, 170 00

Trade Fair Palace, Dukelských hrdinů 47, 170 00 Praha 7 
Fotograf Gallery, Jungmannova 19, Praha 1 
Metro station Můstek 

Opening and free entry to all exhibitions 21. 9. 2023, 19.00–22:00 

During the opening at the National Gallery Prague a performance by Stef Van Looveren is going to take place

23. 9. 2023, 16.00 
Trade Fair Palace
Stephanie Comilang, a Filipino-Canadian artist living in Berlin, will talk about her artistic practice and work.

24. 9. 2023, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Charles Bridge
PERFORMANCE alifveforms

Schwarmwesen is an anti-essential creature in the form of a swarm and one of three constructed identities called aLifveForms. It inhabits toxic swamps–tourist traps where it appears and carries out its research. There it traces and investigates the transborder circulations of bodies in the sectors of trade and tourism. 

The Extreme Self: Age of You
23.9. – 19.11. 2023
Entry: Free
Exhibition space of the Prague City Transport (exit from Wenceslas Square B line metro station Můstek)
Authors of the project: Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist

The Extreme Self: Age of You
22.9. – 11.2.2024
Entry: Free
National Gallery in Prague – Trade Fair Palace
Dukelských Hrdinů 47, 170 00 Prague 7, Holešovice
Authors of the project: Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist

We are living in a time of transformation of the human body into a liquid digital mass affecting all aspects of our lives. Our digital entities roam cyberspace and create their own enclaves in which each virtual self continuously needs to present itself well. We become subjects of embodied fantasies in which we can be someone else entirely – forever, for a time, or just for a post.

The thirteenth edition of the Fotograf Festival, entitled HYPERTENSION23, and its eponymous exhibition at the Veletržní palác of the National Gallery in Prague, deals with the tension that is provoked in our minds by technologies that expose our attention to a continuous visual pressure to notice something, to experience something emotionally and to react. A photograph requires us to like it, a video to watch it, a hashtag for instant inclusion. The day thus becomes a to-do list that shrinks our perception of time. It becomes globally fluid in the metaverse.

Curator of the exhibition in National Gallery Prague: Monika Čejková
Curator of the exhibition in Fotograf Gallery: Tina Poliačková
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Světlana Malinová 
ARTISTS: Sin Wai Kin, Lawrence Lek, Martins Kohout, Markus Selg, Stephanie Comilang, Cecile B. Evans, Stef Van Looveren, Johannes Paul Raether, Ian Cheng, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Justine Grillet, Thijs Jaeger, Shumon Basar, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland

Photo credits:Protektorama toxica, performance view Reykjanes peninsula, Photo: Hörður Sveinsson 

Stef Van Looveren, DETACH WHAT HAS BEEN GIVEN, 2020 

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