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Ivan Pinkava

First Name
Ivan
Surname
Pinkava
Born
1961
Birth place
Náchod
Place of work
Prague
Website
www.ivanpinkava.com
Keywords
photography
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About artist

In his black-and-white photographic creations he hovers genre-wise on the border between nudes and portraits. He often chooses persons with relatively atypical, „unsatisfactory“ (often androgynous) bodies, oftentimes even mutually related, to act as models for his workshop photos. The artist achieves a certain generalisation of the concrete (the human body and face become a mirror of meaning, whose content serve as our cultural memory and experience) with the help of specific light modulation – which many times purposefully negates the basic premises of portrait lighting; well-thought-out workshop scenes and emphasis on symbolic attributes (possibly on the costumes and background); and carefully arranged gestures and expressions.

 

Content-wise the photos draw upon archetypal human stories, mainly those from antique mythology and the Old and New Testaments (of the bible). From a formal viewpoint they reference the portrait traditions of the Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque and Decadence. The used iconographic schemes are creatively shifted however via refined changes in image relationships.

From a genre point-of-view Pinkava’s approach to the human face and body appears to be very interesting. In his pictures they mutually communicate and actually infirm or refute the original meaning of the categories „portrait“ and „nude.“ Because the artist’s objective is not to „portrait“ a concrete person (with the exception of his series of portraits of famous persons from the Czech alternative culture scene), he chooses rather to induce and capture in the model’s expression something that in the general consciousness characterises a mythological or mythologized figure. One cannot talk here about a portrait in the true sense of the word. Because the human body does not, in Pinkava’s photos, function primarily as a harmonious ensemble of aesthetic forms, but (together with their faces) they work as a expression-creating and definition-creating projection screen. In this case we can hardly reduce these images to mere nudes. Part of his work also includes several still-lifes, where the actual depiction of the objects, which oftentimes in the portrait photographs function as attributes of the human body „telling large tales“ that interestingly fade away (fade into the background).

Author of the annotation
Lucia L. Fišerová

Published
2004

CV

1981-1986 FAMU, subject: Art Photography
Member of art groups not included in ARTLIST.
Spoluzakladatel Pražského domu fotografie, členem do roku 2007

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2007
Ivan Pinkava,Oswald Gallery, USA

2006
HEROES choice, Mezinárodní měsíc fotografie, Bolšoj Manéž, Moskva
Ivan Pinkava (s Davidem Moješčíkem,) Galerie Ars, Brno

2004
Heroes – Ivan Pinkava , Galerie Rudolfinum

2002
TNF, Ateliér Josefa Sudka, Fotograf v zahradě, Praha

2001
Theatre of Lost Soul, Mesaros Gallery, Morgantown, WV,USA

1999
Kain und Abel, Tschechisches Zentrum, Berlin
Ivan Pinkava, Měsíc fotografie, Bratislava

1998
Kain a Ábel, Galerie JNJ, Praha

1997
Ivan Pinkava, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City

1996
Ivan Pinkava, Vrais Reves Galerie, Lyon(společně s Václavem Jiráskem a Vladimírem Židlickým)
Ivan Pinkava, Galerie G4, Cheb
Portraits, Frederiks Bastion Gallery, Kodaň

1995
Portréty, Galerie Pallas, Praha
Memento Mori, Galerie Rudolfinum, Praha (společný projekt s Václavem Jiráskem a Robertem V. Novákem), další reprízy v Mexiku

1992
Dynastie, Pražský dům fotografie, Praha
Ivan Pinkava, Hippolyte Gallery, Helsinky

1990
Ivan Pinkava - Fotografien, Fotogalerie in der Brotfabrik, Berlin
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2007
Expressive Bodies, Contemporary Photography from the Kinsey Institute, The Indiana University School of Fine Arts Gallery, Bloomington USA

2006
Closed Eyes, Museet for Fotokunst, Kodaň

2004
Il Nudo, Fra Ideale e Realita, Galleria d´Arte Moderna, Bologna
Gods Becoming Men, Frissiras Museum, Atheny

2003
Naked before God, The Museum of New Art, Pärnu

2002
Česká a slovenská fotografie osmdesátých a devaesátých let 20. století,
Muzeum umění Olomouc

2001
Czech Photography, Benham Studio/Gallery, Seattle
GoEurope: the kaleidoscopic eye, Kunsthalle des Artmax, Braunschweig
Vintage & Contemporary Czech Photography , S.K. Josefsberg Studio, Portland

2000
Gallery Replica, Stockholm
Portrait, New Gallery, Houston, Texas
Akt v české fotografii, Císařská konírna Pražského hradu, Praha; Repríza v Muzeu umění Olomouc

1999
Czech Photography in the 20th Century, The Eli Lemberger Museum of Photography at Tel-Hai Industrial Park, Israel
Czech Photography of the 1990‘s, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
Czech and Slovak Photography, Czech centrum, New York

1998
Tělo a fotografie, Salmovský palac, Praha

1996
Soudobá fotografie NOX 1996, National Gallery, Palác Kinských, Praha
Facing the End of the Centure, Five Czech Photographers, Taitemia Gallery, Kuopio, Finsko; Reprízy: Tatlin, Panevežys, Šiauliai, Pécs, Den Haag, Cottbus, Poprad

Jistoty a hledání v české fotografii 90. let, Nejvyšší purkrabství Pražského hradu, Praha; Reprízy: Berlin, Bratislava, Chicago Cultural Center

The Body in Contemporary Czech Photography, Macintosh Gallery, Glasgow; Reprízy: Braga, Londýn

1995
Portrait II, Fotogalerie Wien, Vídeň

1994
V ostrém světle, Pražský dům fotografie, Praha

1993
Fotofeis, MacLaurin Art Gallery, Glasgow; Reprízy: EBRD London, Lisabon, Porto, Salamanca ad.

Presences, The Photographer`s Gallery, Bill Brandt Room, Londýn

1992
Photographes européens forts de leur Histoire, Salle des Fetes, Arles
Bratrstvo, Gabina, Ivan Pinkava, Fotogalerie Vídeň

1991
Plastic Photography, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Foto Biennale Enschede
European Photography Award 199,1 Berlin

1990
Choice, Fotofest, Houston
Tchechoslowakische Photographie der Gegenwart, Museum Ludwig, Köln
La Tchecoslovaquie a Arles, Palais de l’Archeveché, Arles
Vision de l’homme, Galerie Municipale du Château d'Eau, Toulouse

1989
37 fotografů na Chmelnici, Chmelnice klub, Praha
Contemporary Czech Photography, Nieuwe Kerk, Foto 89 Amsterodam

1988
Vize, Moravská galerie, Brno

1988
"11" , Galerie Fotochema, Praha

Monography

Monography

HEROES- Ivan Pinkava, autorská monografie, text Martin C. Putna, Kant, Praha 2004

Memento Mori (Foto V. Jirásek, R. Novák, I. Pinkava), text Bohdan Chlíbec, TORST, Praha 1998

Dynastie - Ivan Pinkava, text Josef Kroutvor, ERM, Praha 1994 (Oceněna jako Nejkrásnější česká výtvarná publikace roku 1994)

 

Other books and catalogues:

Il Nudo, Fra Ideale e Realita, Galleria d´Arte Moderna, Bologna 2004

Gods Becoming Men, Edward Lucie-Smith, Frissiras Museum, Atheny 2004

Političtí vězni 50. let, Galerie Langhans, Praha 2003

Das Lexikon der Fotografen 1900 bis Heute, Knaur, Germany, 2002

Česká a slovenská fotografie 80. a 90 let 20. století, Muzeum umění, Olomouc, 2002

Black and White Photography, James Luciana, Rockport Publishers, Inc., Gloucester, 2000

Česká fotografie 90. let, Vladimír Birgus, Kant, Prague, 1999

Contemporary Czech and Slovak Photography, Aperture # 152, New York, 1998

Jistoty a hledání v české fotografii 90. let, Vladimír Birgus, Miroslav Vojtěchovský, Kant, Prague, 1997

The sea inside the skin, Min Tanaka, photo J. Krejčí a I. Pinkava, TORST, Praha 1992

 

Články (výběr):

 

Monthly Photographer, Č. 456, 2006, Soul, Korea

Lendelová, L.: Svätý, svätý, svätý. Profil, 2004, č. 3, s. 50-71

Lendelová, L.: Mehr Licht! Ateliér, 2004,

Moucha, J.: Ivan Pinkava. Imago, 2001, č. 12, s. 22-29

Ivan Pinkava. Nový IN, 2000, č. 10

Moucha, J.: Cum grano salis. Ateliér, 1999, č. 4, s. 7

Slavická, M.: Kain a Ábel. Ateliér, 1998, č. 16-17, s. 6

Jirásek, V.: Kostnice. Živel, 1996, č. 2, s. 102-107

Janata, M.: Spes et Vanitas – Naděje a zmar. Ateliér, 1996, č. 26, s. 7

Volf, P.: Memento Mori. Reflex, 1995, č. 48, s. 49

Silverio, R.: Pinkavovo panoptikum. Lidové noviny, 9. 3. 1994, s. 9

Birgus, V.: Dynastie Ivana Pinkavy. Ateliér, 1994, č. 20, s. 7

Ivan Pinkava / Portfolios. European Photography, 1992, č. 49

Intimní album. Fotografie, 1992, č. 1, s. 15-32

Balajka, P.: Ivan Pinkava. Česká a slovenská fotografie dnes. Praha 1991

Suchánek, P.: Tajemství zůstává tajemstvím. Československá fotografie 1990

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