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Fokus Tjekkiet – Czech Press Photo 2007

The second event of the project Fokus Tjekkiet, the exhibition Czech Press Photo, opened at Copenhagen Main Library (Hovedbiblioteket) on February 5th 2008.

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The second event of the project Fokus Tjekkiet, the exhibition Czech Press Photo, opened at Copenhagen Main Library (Hovedbiblioteket) on February 5 th 2008.

The exhibition presents the best press photos of 2007. The photos were reviewed by an international jury during the Czech Press Photo 2007 competition. The exhibition consists of 60 photographs by different authors among others Jan Zatorský, Dan Materna, Jan Šibík, David Neff and Alena Dvořáková.

As every year the photographs are an authentic visual testimony, a reflection of the Czech political scene and events abroad caught by Czech journalists. A number of the award winning photographs depict emotionally tense situations. Other remarkable photos deal with the subjects of art, nature, sports and free time. The exhibition in Copenhagen is the first of the Czech Press Photo 2007 exhibitions.

The exhibition was opened by Ambassador Ivan Jančárek and Pernille Schaltz, the director of the Copenhagen Library. Many guests were present at the opening: Czech and foreign diplomats, representatives of the Czech community, a Czech lecturer from the University of Aarhus and the local users of the library. The exhibition is expected to have a large number of visitors due to its placement in the main hall of the library. At the library the visitors do have access to a leaflet about the Fokus Tjekkiet-project and the opportunity to view general material about the Czech Republic.

The exhibition lasts until February 22 nd 2008. After this date it continues at the City Hall in Aarhus.

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The exhibition opening continued with a reading of Czech literature translated into Danish. Actress Christiane Rohde red from Vaclav Havel's essay A word about words, from Karel Čapek's novel War with the newts and Bohumil Hrabal's I served the king of England. About forty people were present at the reading, introduced by Andrea Fehlauer Nielsen, MA in Czech language and literature.

A little exhibition of Czech literature translated into Danish has been arranged by Copenhagen Main Library. Besides the above mentioned authors the exhibitions contains the translated books of among others A škenazy, Hašek, Jirásek, Klima, Kohout, Lustig, Kundera, Nezval, Němcová, Páral, Seifert, Škvorecký, Vančura, Viewegh and som collections of Czech short stories and poetry.

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