Tom Drahos

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Although he considers himself a photographer, Tom Drahos uses almost any medium in his work: sculpture, photography, video, painting, and film. He has been one of many artists to liberate photography from the conventions that limit it to representation, and he has tried to replace and substitute the familiar representation with a conceptual significance. Originally from Czechoslovakia, Drahos left Prague after the 1968 revolution. He then moved to Paris, and after a 22-year absence returned to his native city to photograph everything he saw, every route he followed, and everyone he met, stubbornly following a scenario he had invented. He then developed, one by one, each of the thousand images he had taken during the trip, grouped them into panels of eight to ten images, and tinted them. In one of the two installations here, Praga (Prague, 1991), Drahos built a bridge, reminiscent of an

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