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Lot 62

Pavel Pecha (Slovakia)

Untitled, from the series My Intuitive Theater, 2001

Inkjet print, Baryta paper, printed in 2013, Edition 5/15
27 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches (69 x 41 cm), signed in pencil on back

Courtesy of the artist


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Artist Bio

Photographer Pavel Pecha was born in Kremnica, Slovakia, in 1962. In his works he intensively creates an illusion of the infinite, using imagery of august space, rituals, and rites to evoke associations with remote historical times, the mythical period of humankind. However, into this world of collective memory, Pecha deposits instants of individual horror and dismay, instants when we find ourselves buried to the waist in the ground or persecuted by unknown beings. Pecha’s “intuitive theater” opens the door to the subconscious and sends onto the stage some deeply experienced anxiety. All the while, he constantly poses the question about the existence or nonexistence of a collective, tragic, or optimistic myth.

Pecha’s work has been shown in many group and individual exhibitions since the early 1990s, including Slovak Staged Photography (1991), Dansmuseet, Stockholm; Contemporary Slovak Photography (1992), Kiel, Germany; Between Image and Vision (1993), Summerlee Heritage Trust, Coatbridge, Scotland; Spirit in the Flesh (1996), Stuart Levy Gallery, New York; The Art of Contemporary Photography in Eastern Europe (1997), Museo Ken Damy, Brescia, Italy; Slovak Imagination Photography (1997), Thessaloniki, Greece; Altered Worlds (1998), FotoFest, Houston; Slovak Photography 1925-2000 (2001), Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava; Staged Fantasy (2003), Gallery Sink, Denver; Czech and Slovak Staged Photography (2008), Sol Mednick Gallery, Philadelphia; and Postmodern in Slovak Arts 1985-1992 (2009), Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava. Some of his individual exhibitions include Dream Fields (1995), Profil Gallery, Bratislava; My Intuitive Theatre (1995), Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna; Intuitive Theater (2002), Great Manezh, Moscow; Intuitive Theater (2005), Slovak Embassy, Washington, D.C.; Intuitive Theater (2005), Photo Festival Union, Lodz, Poland; My Intuitive Theater (2007), Festival Mai Photographies, Quimper, Douarnenez, France; and Photography (2009), Slovak Institute, Moscow. Pecha’s work is included in numerous public and corporate collections, including those of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; and Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovakia, as well as in some private collections.

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