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Hynek Alt

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Birth place
Kutná Hora
Place of work
Prague, Berlin
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About artist

Aleksandra Vajd and Hynek Alt usually work and exhibit jointly, drawing upon this dual (double) identity in several artistic projects. Photography serves as a means of revaluating the visual perception of the work and photography itself. They usually highlight the problematic of perception by means of exhibitions installed with an emphasis on the whole and with a focus on the specific space. That which is depicted in the photography is (re)enriched by the third dimension.


Whatever the specific subject matter, most projects have something to say about photography, and several are completely devoted to the question of the specific mediality of photography. This is achieved in various ways, be this by means of photographs of the photographed (Two Sides of One Story, 2009; Exposed, 2005), uncovering the genuine character of the thing hidden behind the image (Nightwatch, 2006; You Can´t Change the Weather, 2011), exploring the anchorage of the photography in text (Snapshots, 2009), manipulating reality using life-size photographic imagery (Lifesize, 2009), or placing the work in non-gallery environments (Door No.1, 2008). A kind of apotheosis of photography (painting with light) as well a radical critique thereof is represented by a video with camera suspended in the process of photographing, emitting and receiving at the same time, aggressively dazzling and yet recording its surroundings (Lighthouse, 2009).


The relativising polarity of the artist and his subject, the male voyeur and the woman as the object of his gaze, along with the photographer and the viewer, is the theme of the ongoing project Man Woman Unfinished (begun in 2001), based on the concept of mutual portraiture. Both artists swap the role of the photographed and the photographer, pose in front of the camera or capture unrepeatable moments. What results is a set of portraits of a man and a woman who hold a never-ending series of conversations in which they do not speak. Wittgenstein wrote that “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent”. Baudrillard adds: “But whereof one cannot speak, one can be silent thereof by means of the (photographic) image”. Since the duo are always photographed differently, the topics of their conversations are determined randomly and are transformed in time, just as the form of both actors changes over the course of time. Other projects are also devoted to the identity of the individual within the framework of a duo and the possibilities of a double gaze (No Audible Dialogue, 2006; My Left Hand, 2006; Disguise, 2006).


Considerations regarding the differences between the real, seen and photographed resulted in the exhibition Hole in the Palm (2010). In a series of photographs created for this occasion the reality of photography encounters reality as seen, which is shown to be simply an illusion. The selection of the angle of view or distance of the camera from the subject created a fictive world in which we see reality differently. The scene captured in the photograph corresponds to the illusion as seen and yet does not deviate from the real situation. The method by which this situation is photographed (constructed) contributes to our eye clinging to the illusory image, and only on a second attempt beginning to uncover its real basis. In this case the photographic image does not bring us closer to reality but maintains a distance from it. In this project and others we can discover the close links to postmodern reflections on photography, including those in theoretical texts by, for instance, Jean Baudrillard, referred to above, who is concerned with the relationships between the optical illusion and photography in one of his texts. He claims that like photography, illusory images retain something of the magical character of the image.


In the press release to the exhibition The Place From Where You Think (2012), in which the artists led the viewer into dark caves in order that they caught sight of the light of the world, Edith Jeřábková recalls the words of Plato. “What do you think he would say if he were told that what he had seen before was nonsense and illusion? And that what he was seeing now was real? And if someone pointed out to him the passing objects individually, and asked him questions as to what they are, don't you think the former prisoner would be at a loss? Would he not think that the shadows he used to see are more real than the things pointed out to him now?” Indeed, they were already working with the possibilities of the image that might correspond more to our idea of reality than reality itself in antiquity. Hynek Alt and Aleksandra Vajd draw on this principle, think in terms of image and reflect in terms of the photograph.

Author of the annotation
Hana Buddeus


He uses primarily colour portrait photographs in his work. In the collection, Manwomanunfinished (on the web-site www.manwomanunfinished.com) he has photographed himself together with his life-long partner, Alexandra Vajd. The colourfully psycho-analytical and purposefully-selected visuals tending toward documentary photography and portraits do not capture any specific event or activity. They are temporary snapshots that express the mood of the moment. The square (Hynek Alt) and oblong (Aleksandra Vajd) picture formats placed alongside one another create diptychs that systematically seek their mutual relationship.


„The last open project under the working name „Documentation“ came about as a reaction to the new quality of accessibility for art together with its immediate (tendentious) research on the thinking behind collective work, production and distribution of these thoughts in the multi-faceted metropolis, where we live. We began to gather picture fragments from our immediate surroundings, took away their original meaning, and began to look for ties, analogies and movements between the pictures in their new contexts. We specifically look at those built as autonomous parts of reality, commentary and short stories. We try to approach the picture and its context by creating a disconnect in the objective visualisation of reality. The topic of our work is not defined by objective criteria, rather it comes from our everyday experience in varied forms. We maintain a scope that is constantly open, and we try to remain prepared for unexpected impulses.“

Author of the annotation
Tomáš Pospěch


2004-2006 Fulbright Schoarschip at State University in New York and New Paltz (MFA Degree)
2001 FAMU Praha, Department of Photography (BcA. 1998, MgA. 2001)

Awards, grants, stipends:
2011 Rezidenční pobyt v El centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, MX
2010 Nominace, Deutsche Börse Photographic Award, London, UK
2010 Ateliér MK Slovinsko, London, UK
2009 Finalisté, Henkel Art Award, MUMOK, Wien, AT
2007 Honorable mention /Aperture Prize, New York City, USA
2006 Nominace, Deutsche Börse Photographic Award, London, UK
2006 Finalisté, OHO Group Award, Slovenia
2005 1. cena, Frame005 Award, Brno
2005 Finalisté, EgoArt Prize, SK
2004 Fubright Schollarship, USA
2001 First Prize at the Portfolio Review Award, Month of Photography, SK


Solo exhibitions
Second Half (1st Season), Galerija Fiducia, Ostrava, CZ (with Aleksandra Vajd)

Vila Pirkmajer na Vrtači (architect Josip Costaperaria), Ljubljana (with Aleksandra Vajd)

Systems' Decomposition, Drdova Gallery, Prague (with Aleksandra Vajd)

Blind Spot, House of Art, České Budějovice, CZ (with Aleksandra Vajd)

When I Will See You Again, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, SLO (with Aleksandra Vajd)
Not Ready! curated by Jiří Ptáček, TIC Gallery, Brno, CZ (with Aleksandra Vajd)
The Place from Where You Think, kurátorka: Edith Jeřábková, Galerie Fotograf, Praha (with Aleksandra Vajd)

You Can't Change The Weather, kurátorka: Markéta Vinglerová, etc. galerie, Praha (with Aleksandra Vajd)
How the Other Half Lives, kurátor: Pavel Vančát, Galerie Jelení, Praha

Bright Eyes Burning Like Fire, m.odla, Praha (with Aleksandra Vajd)
Díra v dlani / Hole in the Palm, kurátor: Michal Pěchouček, Galerie 35m2, Praha (with Aleksandra Vajd)

Dál nic není / Nothing Follows, Galerie Entrance, Praha (with Aleksandra Vajd)
Media Specific, kurátor: Jiří Ptáček, Galerie 207, VŠUP, Praha (with Aleksandra Vajd)

Photographer, Gallery 35, Berlín, Německo
Fotograf, Atelier Josefa Sudka, Praha
manwomanunifinished, DVD projekce, Krakow Photo Festival, Krakow, Polsko (with Aleksandra Vajd)
manwomanunifinished, DVD projekce, Likovni salon Celje, Celje, Slovinsko (with Aleksandra Vajd)
manwomanunifinished, DVD projekce, F/Stop Photo Festival, Lipsko, Německo (with Aleksandra Vajd)

untitled 2003, Atelier Josefa Sudka, Praha (with Aleksandra Vajd)
Book: manwomanunfinished, Kibla, Maribor, Slovinsko (with Aleksandra Vajd)
Book: manwomanunfinished, Galerija Fotografija, Lublaň, Slovinsko (with Aleksandra Vajd)
Exposed Appearance, prezentace prací v CEC ArtsLink, New York City, USA (with Aleksandra Vajd)
The Documentation Project, At 932 2nd Avenue, New York City, USA (with Aleksandra Vajd)

Exposed, Vitrínka P. A. S., Praha (with Aleksandra Vajd)
You Look Like I Look, České centrum, New York, USA (with Aleksandra Vajd)

untitled 2003, Modern Gallery in Ljubljana, Lublaň, Slovinsko (with Aleksandra Vajd)
Various pictures, Gallery Loža, Koper, Slovinsko (with Aleksandra Vajd)

Puls, Měsíc fotografie, Bratislava, Slovensko

The Edge, Malá výstavní síň, Liberec

Nejasné souvislosti, Galerie Papyrus, Nymburk
Modrá/Blue, Galerie Velryba, Praha
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Manwomanunfinished, Central Europe - Japan Contemporary Art Exchange Kyoto, Zuiun-an- Art Project Space, Kyoto, Japan
Objectonomy, curated by Sally Haftel, Meetfactory, Prague
Still Life Recurring, with Joe Morgan, Lisa Helder, Nathan Cahill, Néstor Guttiérez, Amu gallery, Prague
Setkávání / Begegnung(en), Austrian, Cultural Forum, Prague
You Can´t Change the Weather, Europe Europe, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Ulrich Obrist, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway

Vienna Fair, The New Contemporary (solo presentation), Vienna, Austria
7th New Zlin Salon, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlin, CZ
Hin Mah Too Yah Lat Kekt, Gamu gallery, Prague
Ready or not, here I come, Fait gallery, Brno, CZ
Things, curated by Michal Novotný, Design Cloud's Gallery, Chicago, USA
Graphic design, curated by Michal Novotný, Futura gallery, Prague
Pierre Huyghe, curated by Jan Kratochvil, Drdova Gallery, Prague
About the Chair, 9th International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts, Liege, Belgium

Intimate interactions, curated by Ladislav Kesner, City gallery Ostrava, CZ
The Beginning of the Century, curated by Pavlína Morganová, House of Arts in Ostrava, Ostrava, CZ
Prague Biennale Photo 3, curated by Pavel Vančát, the functionalist railway station Žižkov, Prague
The Intimate Circle in Contemporary Czech Photography, curated by Vladimít Birgus,City Gallery Prague
Measures of Saving the World_Part 1, curated by Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer, < rotor > center for contemporary art, Graz, Austria

Ostrovy odporu / Mezi první a druhou moderností, kurátoři: Jana a Jiří Ševčíkovi, Edith Jeřábková, Národní galerie, Praha
Začátek století, kurátorka: Pavlína Morganová, Západočeská galerie, Plzeň
Nova F, kurátor: Vasja Nagy, Galerie Stolp, EPK, Maribor, Slovinsko

Uchronie, kurátor: Le Bureau, Galerie Klatovy/Klenová, Klatovy
Inter-view 2, Nitranská galeria, Nitra, Slovensko
The Object of the Spectacle, hosté výstavy Jasminy Cibic, Škuc, Lublaň, Slovinsko
Oblikovanje republike, Muzej za arhitekturo in oblikovanje, Lublaň, Slovinsko
Fotoobjekti, kurátor: Jan Babnik, Galerija Simulaker, Novo mesto, Slovinsko
Prague Biennale 5, kurátorky: Vjera Borozan, Mariana Serannová, Microna, Praha
Mutující médium - Fotografie v českém umění 1990-2010, kurátor: Pavel Vančát, Galerie Rudolfinum, Praha
In optima forma, Galerija Emily Filly, Ústí nad Labem
Fundamenty & sedimenty, kurátor: Petr Vaňous, Městská knihovna GHMP, Praha
Cinetactics – Residents IV, MeetFactory Gallery, Praha

Demonstrace prostoru, Dočasné centrum umění BLOX, Street For Art 2010, Praha
Ego / Portrét X fotografie, Langhans Galerie, Praha
Artyčok.tv – Art Fair, MeetFactory Gallery, Praha
Spotlight on Central Europe, Paris Photo 2010, Galeria ZPAF i S-ka, Carrousel du Louvre, Paříž, Francie
Elektrické světlo, Lektorské centrum GASK, Kutná Hora
One Day You Will Loose It All, 4+4 dny v pohybu, 15. ročník festivalu současného umění, bývalé Ústředí lidové umělecké výroby (ÚLUV), Praha, 15. - 24. října 2010

Po sametu, Dům U zlatého prstenu, GHMP, Praha
Finalists of the Henkel Art Award, MUMOK, Vídeň, Rakousko
Not a Photograph, Obalne galerije Piran, Slovinsko

Dočasný důkaz, photo5, Olomouc, CZ
Centrum současného umění Ládví, NOD, Praha

Plus, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Německo
Political in Art, ZDSLU, Velenje, Slovinsko
Paperworks, City Museum, Ljubljana, Slovinsko
Second Cities, Košice, Slovensko
Neexistuju, když mě nevidíš, Galerie Futura, Praha
Photographic Biennial Dunaujvaros, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaujvaros, Maďarsko
manwomanunfinished/book, Leipzig, Německo
Relative closeness, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA (A. Vajd)
F-Stop Photo Festival, Lipsko, Německo
I Don’t Wanna Talk, České centrum, Moskva, Rusko
Intercity: Berlín - Praha, KMZA, Berlín, Německo
Gallery for Wintertime, ZAK Gallery, Berlín, Německo
Současná slovinská fotografie, Měsíc fotografie, Bratislava, Slovensko

Not quite/not right, Histories, Bodies and Concepts in Contemporary Photography, Galerie Božidar Jakac, Slovinsko
Finalists of the OHO Group Award, Gallery and Center P74, Lublaň, Slovinsko
Check-In-Europe, Reflecting Identities in Contemporary Art, European Patent Office, Mnichov, Německo
MFA Thesis Show, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Arts, New York, USA
I Image, Galeria Nowa Przestrzen, Lodž Photographic Festival, Lodž, Polsko
Intimacy, City Gallery Piran, Slovinsko
1:1 The Interpersonal in the Contemporary Art, Gallery PM, HDLU, Záhřeb, Chorvatsko
I Image, Středoevropský dům fotografie, Bratislava, Slovensko

EuroPART, Aktuelle Kunst aus Europa, Billboard Project, Rakousko
Prizor-Privlacnost-Prag, Galerija Kresija, Ljubljana, Slovinsko
Česká fotografie 20. století, Městská knihovna, Praha
Intercity: Berlín - Praha, Mánes, Praha
2LIVE, Gallery of Fine Arts Koroska, Slovenj Gradec, Slovinsko
I Image, Dorothya Gallery, Budapešť, Maďarsko
EgoArt Prize: Finalisté 2005, NoD Roxy, Praha
This is not an Archive, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, USA

28th Annual ev+a, Limercik City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Irsko
Unfinished, quartier 21/Piroschka, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vídeň, Rakousko

The Photographic Eye, Contemporary Photography from Central Europe, FotoFest Headquarters, Houston, Texas, USA (A. Vajd)
New Generations, Jakopiceva galerija, Lublaň, Slovinsko
Osebno-Izrazno-Dokumentarno, Moderna galerija, Lublaň, Slovinsko
Adria Art Annale, Split, Chorvatsko
Balkan Konzulat - Sarajevo, Graz, Rakousko (A. Vajd)
InOut, Festival digitální fotografie, Praha (H. Alt)

Places of life - European Award for Women Photographers 2002, Scuderie medicee, Prato, Itálie

Eye and its Truth, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, Slovinsko
Corpus del AKTi III, Jakopiceva galerija, Ljubljana, Slovinsko
Compilation, Umetnostna galerija Maribor, Razstavni salon Rotovz, Maribor, Slovinsko
Woman’s room / woman’s view, Festival of Woman Photography, Paromlin, Záhřeb, Chorvatsko
Personal-political, International photo exhibition, Mala galerija, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovinsko
From Birth to Birth - Family motive in Slovene Art of the XX. century, Umetnostna galerija, Maribor, Slovinsko

Consume, Quicksilver Gallery, Londýn, Velká Británie

homo.sapiens.3000, Multimedijski center Kibla, Maribor, Slovinsko
Mezinárodní fotografie z Prahy, City Hall, Ulm, Německo

Viděno trojmo: Čiře, Galerie Velryba, Praha
Objektivita, Galerie U Řečických, Praha
Famu Fest, Divadlo Archa, Praha
Bakalářské práce, Lichtenštejnský palác, Praha

Famu Fest, Divadlo Archa, Praha



GA2LERIE (Vaňous Petr ed. ), vydal Kulturní týdeník A2, s.r.o. jako přílohu v roce 2007


Marina Grzinic, Man woman (unfinished), Fotograf, roč. 3, 2004, č. 4 /Intimita/, s. 10–13

Camera Austria, 2004, č. 87

Pavel Vančát, Aleksandra Vajd & Hynek Alt: Exposed, Ateliér, roč. 18, č. 20, s. 6

Pavel Vančát, Hynek Alt: Modrá/Blue, Ateliér, roč. 12, č. 4, s. 6

Aleš Kuneš, Alt představuje svůj modrý svět, Lidové noviny, roč. 12, č. 19, s. 13

Jaromír F. Typlt, Co není nicneříkající, Ateliér, roč. 14, č. 7, s. 6

Petr Vaňous, Ga2lerie, Praha 2007

Hynek Alt: Grzeszykowska & Smaga, Fotograf, roč. 2, 2003, č. 2, s. 96

Hynek Alt: Karin Müller, Fotograf, roč. 1, 2002, č. 1, s. 85

Hynek Alt: Matthew Monteith, Fotograf, roč. 1, 2002, č. 1, s. 80

Hynek Alt: Tomaž Gregorič, Fotograf, roč. 1, 2002, č. 1, s. 79

Hynek Alt: Sultan & Mandel, Fotograf, roč. 4, 2005, č. 6, s. 62–73

Karolína Jirkalová, Centrum umění Ládví, Art & Antiques, roč. 7, 2008, č. 9, s. 49

Jaroslav Anděl et al., Horizonty: patnáct let Fulbrightovy komise v České republice, katalog k výstavě, Komunikační prostor Školská 28, Galerie Nová síň, Praha 2006

Štěpán Grygar, Hynek Alt: modrá, katalog k výstavě v Galerii Velryba v Praze, Praha 1999



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