Jan Jindra

Vnitřní krajiny

9. 4. — 19. 5. 2013
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Vnitřní krajiny
Vnitřní krajiny

Rainer Maria Rilke a jeho svět ve fotografii

Is there a relationship between an author’s work and the place where he or she lives? And if there is, might it be connected to what is known as the genius loci? Perhaps the meaning and stories of specific places – whether natural scenery, historic landmarks, or the behind-the-scenes of the hurried life of world metropolises – are remarkably reflected in people. For there is also a reflecting back in works of art which add to these localities a certain authenticity ‘raised to the second power’, something that we always recall when being in them, something that has been an inseparable part of them since a certain time. One of the artists who purposefully sought this kind of inspiration in a wide variety of places was the poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

The photographer Jan Jindra and the translator Alena Bláhová decided to set out on a long journey (still unfinished) in Rilke’s footsteps, from his birthplace in Prague to Germany, Russia, Italy, and France, through all of Europe and north Africa, and ultimately to Switzerland, where, he died in 1926. On the basis of a thorough searching through Rilke’s verse, prose, and voluminous correspondence, Jindra made photographs that tend mostly to be details, medium shots, and unusual views intended to document the uniqueness of Rilke’s works. The large format photograph (4 x 5 inches) is full of subtle photographic detail, and is therefore perfectly suited to Rilke’s pictorial poetry. Large format photography makes it possible to manipulate the depth of field so that it permeates the space, from large details in the foreground all the way to details in sharp focus on the horizon. It is fair to say that both the artists in this project are in a certain sense interpreters of Rilke’s work: an important question for the translator is how wide a context – human and geographic – is set in this or that poem, whereas what is important for the photographer is a specific detail through which he attains an understanding of Rilke’s being and his work, and reshapes it with his own vision.

Alena Bláhová

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Works on display (a selection)

Exhibition opening

Jan Jindra

knižní publikace

2011JINDRA Jan, Reklamní a produktová fotografie, fotografie Jan Jindra, 1. vydání Praha: Computer Press, 2011, 230 s,  ISBN 978-80-251-3112-1
2009JINDRA Jan a MATYÁŠOVÁ Judita, Na cestách s Franzem Kafkou: Slavná i neznámá místa v Čechách a Evropě, Fotografie Jan Jindra, 1. vydání Praha: Academia, 2009, 176 s, ISBN 978-80-200-1708-6

samostatné výstavy

2012Wege des Franz K., Sudetendeutsches Haus
München, Německo
Wege des Franz K., Moses Mendelssohn Akademie, 
Halbestadt, Německo
2011Unter soviel Lidern, Bergische Universität, Wuppertal, Německo
Journeys of Franz Kafka, Bohemian National Hall
New York, USA
Cesty Franze K., ambit loretánské kaple Rumburk
Silvestry v hotelu Jalta, Galerie Fiducia, Ostrava
2010Silvestry v hotelu Jalta 1982 – 1984, Fotograf gallery, Praha
Wege des Franz K., radnice města Konstanz, Německo
2009Cesty Franze K., Sladovna, Písek I viaggi di Franz Kafka, JRC Caffeteria, Ispra, Itálie
Los viajes de Kafka, Goethe Institut Carracas, Venezuela
Praha Franze K., galerie České centrum, Bratislava, Slovensko
2008 Journeys of Franz K., Goethe Institut, Rotterdam, Holandsko
Wege des Franz K., Haus der Heimat Baden-Württenberg, 
Stuttgart, Německo
Journeys of Franz K., Passaporta, Brussel, Belgie
2007Wege des Franz K., Stadtbibliothek, Chemnitz, Německo
Cesty Franze K., Krajská vědecká knihovna, Liberec
Wege des Franz K., Haus des Gastes, Graal-Müritz, Německo
Los viajes de Kafka, Casa de la Cultura
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Wege des Franz K., Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar, Německo
Wege des Franz K., Kleisthaus a České centrum
Berlín, Německo
2006Wege des Franz K., Sächsische Landesbiblitothek Staats und              Universitätsbibliothek, Dresden, Německo
Wege des Franz K., Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus
Düsseldorf, Německo
Wege des Franz K., Bergische Universität, Wuppertal, Německo
2003Praha Franze Kafky, Hotel Mercure, Praha 2002Praha Franze Kafky, Galerie Jindřišská věž, Praha 2001Krásný nový svět, Galerie Radost FX, Praha

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