Jonáš Verešpej: Much Better, But Not Enough
12. 7. - 12. 8.
Opening on 11. 7. at 19:00
Galerie NIKA, Metro B Karlovo náměstí hall (direction Palackého náměstí)
The installation of the photography student at FAMU, Jonas Verespej, analyzes the medium of photography using text and narration, but – quite paradoxically – leaving out the image.
The exhibited authorial poster depicts an animated scene of the impossibility of capturing an image, caused by the specific tint of a manifestation of nostalgia. The nostalgia manifests itself as an idealized, exaggerated impression, or even a lie obscured by beauty, which we are nevertheless unable to detect as a result of the accumulation of time or our own indolence. It is a vain effort to draw near something that has probably never existed. In this way, Verespej intentionally works with photography as it is the most widely used instrument of preserving memories and therefore also an instrument of nostalgia.The poster, an art form which distinguishes the public space, reacts also by its minimalistic layout to the modern public space, overflowing with images and visual smog, in which the gallery itself is situated. The workmanship, which might seem simplistic at a first glance, carries in itself a complex reflection upon the essence of image and the limits and possibilities of photography as a medium which is based on the author’s practice and personal experience. At the same time, it develops the notion of the visual element’s transformation into a verbal form, nowadays being habitually overshadowed by the former.
Curator: Klára Hudáková