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„1984“ – Photo-exhibition on Orwellian theme by Petr Šálek

On 9th June, 2015 the launching of the photo-exhibition “1984” by the Czech author Petr Šálek took place in the National Library in Pristina. The Czech Ambassador Ivo Šilhavý welcomed guests and the author Petr Šálek introduced them into the idea of his exhibition “1984”. The series of photographs was inspired by the George Orwell’s novel “1984”. The exhibited pictures provoked among the guests very intensive and extraordinary interest. About 80 guests representing Kosovo political scene, cultural and academic life and members of the diplomatic corps took part in the opening event.

Petr Šálek commented his exhibition “1984” by saying: “I must point out that the Czechs have a distinctive sense of humor that not everyone fully understands or likes. This entire series of photographs is a hyperbole, which can appear absurd or weird, but the purpose is absolutely serious, i.e. to make an impression on the viewer of how absurd any oppression and violence are that lead to the fact that people are forced to leave their homes, compelled to hide or prevented from moving freely.”

On 10th June, the Kosovo TV station KTV in its cultural program presented the exhibition as a “very interesting and unique exhibition expressing life under totalitarian regime, atmosphere of uncertainty, lying propaganda, the omnipresent fear of repression by the official institutions and their spying practices.”

Petr Šálek is a Czech photographer who lived and worked in 1981 – 1999 in the West Germany, where he became a respected design and advertising photographer. He is predominantly focused on creative photographic techniques as panoramic pictures, light compositions and geometric landscapes.


„1984“ – Photo-exhibition on Orwellian theme by Petr Šálek