Markéta Othová

Jiri Svestka | Prague

The photographs of Markéta Othová, a young artist who lives in Prague, could hardly be described as spectacular; in fact, they consciously oppose the avalanche of images produced by mass media. Always black-and-white, unframed, and about 43 x 63 inches, her images are discreet and unobtrusive, a pointed critique of the relentless deadening that occurs to the inhabitants of our “photographic universe,” as Vilém Flusser warned.

Othová travels a great deal, taking pictures of the landscapes she sees—meadows, beaches, parks, and streets; people rarely appear in these photographs. When she arrives back in Prague, she stores the images in an archive; some are not used for years. Here at home, she has focused her camera on interior spaces and on herself: an unmade bed, a vase, a pair of shoes, her feet and knees. Othová often works in series. In “Utopia,” 2000, she photographed children in a

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