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Koudelka: De-creazione

National Gallery in Prague – Trade Fair Palace (Národní galerie v Praze – Veletržní palác), Dukelských hrdinů 47, Praha 7 - Holešovice, 170 00

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  • Thu 22. 3. 2018 – Sun 23. 9. 2018

The series of photographs called De-creazione was made by Josef Koudelka for the Holy See Pavilion, the Vatican’s first presentation at the Venice Biennale, in 2013. The artists were asked to submit works on three themes inspired by the Book of Genesis - Creazione, De-creazione, and Ri-creazione. Koudelka chose a topic he has devoted himself to intensively for thirty years and has so far summarized in fifteen published books: irreversible changes human beings have made to landscapes.

Koudelka’s De-creazione is a series of eighteen photographs, comprising nine large horizontal panoramas (91 x 257 cm) and three vertical triptychs (158 x 150 cm). It covers three main topics that Koudelka has chosen to express the idea of destruction: the influence of time in human history and the natural environment, including changes brought about by earthquakes and other natural disasters, which have affected us for centuries; wars, walls, and other barriers we build, emblematic of our fears and hatreds; and, ultimately, two opposites – the natural world and the industrial world –, which have long been in conflict with each other, no less painfully and destructively than other conflicts. By means of these large-format pictures, Koudelka’s sensitive involvement in his topics draws attention to the imbalance in the relationship between human beings and the natural environment, and also reveals the human inclination to destruction

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