Václav Stratil: I’m History

artist´s books series

Second volume of the artist´s books series, focusing on Central and Eastern Europe artists.

In a unique fashion, the book presents and comments on a selection from seven photographic cycles by the Czech performer, photographer, musician and painter Václav Stratil (b. 1950). The central theme is the study of identity-alterity. Most of the photographs, from 1991 to the present, were taken in public photography studies. They are distinguished by the constant transformation of the artist’s identity through playful investigation or confrontation.

The book was designed by Jiří Skála (b. 1976), an artist of the younger generation. It offers an interesting development of the theme, rather than summarising and setting it in an historical context. The book includes a short overview of Stratil’s work; an essay by the philosopher Karel Thein on the subject of identity, image and the history of photographic documentation of the face; and lists of the artist’s exhibitions and catalogues.

Czech edition
Authors: Jiří Ptáček, Jiří Skála, Václav Stratil, et al.
Editors: Jiří Skála
Publisher: tranzit.cz
Distributor: KOSMAS
City: Prague
Year: 2005
Pages: 127
ISBN/ISSN: 80-903452-3
Price: 290 CZK (11€)

Special Notes: www.kosmas.cz

English edition
Authors: Jiří Ptáček, Jiří Skála, Václav Stratil, et al.
Editors: Jiří Skála
Translated by: Kathleen Hayes, Václav Stratil
Publisher: JRP Ringier/ tranzit.cz
Distributor: JRP Ringier
City: Prague
Year: 2006
Pages: 127
ISBN/ISSN: 3-905701-75
Price: 25 €

Special Notes: www.jrp-ringier.com

editor Jiří Skála
authors Jiří Ptáček, Jiří Skála, Karel Thein

English edition
JRP Ringier, January 2007
ISBN 978-3-905701-75-3
238 pages, 206 x 156 mm
distribution JRP Ringier

Czech edition
first published, Prague 2005
ISBN 80-903452-3-9
240 pages, 155 x 205 mm
distribution Kosmas


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