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Běla KolŠřovŠ Art Exhibition

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Artificial, Negative, Yet Brilliant
Běla KolŠřovŠ, Alphabet of Things, raven row
Běla KolŠřovŠ, 'Alphabet of Things', 1964

Czech born Běla KolŠřovŠ (1923Ė2010), was a revolutionary photographer during the 1960s. She believed it was impossible to photograph the real world accurately so decided to assemble her own world by collecting fragments of material and turing them into a photographic collage. The form came to be known as 'artificial negatives' and involves pressing small objects into parafin layers on pieces of celophane. Her work centred around the theme of feminine and domestic life rooted in the context of the Cold War and exile.

For the first time, Raven Row in Spitalfields are presenting a posthumous exhibition of her work. Running until the 7th April, the exhibit spans KolŠřovŠ's career by using documentary photographs from the late fifties. It will include her 'artificial negatives', 'light drawings', 'derealised portraits', and 'arranged photographs' such as assemblages of objects and hair from the sixties, as well as make-up drawings and assemblages from the seventies and eighties. There will also be a look at her camera-less experiments.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 7th April
Phone: 44 (0)20 7377 4300
Where: Raven Row Gallery
Cost: Free
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