Art Out & About: Two Faces of Prague

Events — By Jacy Meyer on September 23, 2010 at 4:00 am

Prague through the eyes of its younger generation can be glimpsed until the end of September on Wenceslas Square. A large format photo exhibition, “Look at Life in the City Centre, Young Man” showcases photographs taken by students at the Prague School for Performing Arts. The director of the photography department chose ten students whose task was to document life on Wenceslas Square, the backdrop to historic occurrences throughout the country and city’s history.  Now unfortunately, this historic square is filled with casinos, nightclubs and tacky tourist shops. The younger generation doesn’t have the emotional attachment to the square like their parents do, hence it was an interesting exercise for them to undertake.

Capitalism seems to be a reoccurring theme, with the high street shops capturing many a photographer’s eye. The motley collection of people that congregate here was also a popular subject. My favorite though was the series by Klára Čvančarová called Moment Ticha or Moment of Silence. Her black and white images of people caught unawares were fascinating.

Tags: Art, Outdoors, photography