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View of “Hynek Alt,” 2014. Background: Untitled (Chair), 2014. Foreground: untitled, 2014.

Hynek Alt

Drdova Gallery

View of “Hynek Alt,” 2014. Background: Untitled (Chair), 2014. Foreground: untitled, 2014.

Once upon a time, the invention of photography sparked great hopes: We would obtain a more objective record of reality by delegating the task of taking its imprint to a technical process. Some languages even call the camera’s system of lenses an “objective.” Yet faith in photography, it turns out, is mistaken, and worse, dangerous: It misleads us into trusting a photographically manufactured image not only more than a painted picture but even more than the reality we see with our own eyes, a trust that has been mercilessly exploited. The Slovenian-born photographer Aleksandra Vajd and her Czech colleague Hynek Alt—the two have lived and worked together in Prague since 2001—have made it their mission to create photographs that subvert this oddly undeterred faith through the medium itself. For “manwomanunfinished,” 2001–, they have taken pictures of each other over the

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