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HARALD HAUSWALD & JINDŘICH ŠTREIT

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As part of the 2023 EMOP festival, Galerie Buchkunst Berlin presents an exhibition of works by Harald Hauswald and Jindřich Štreit. Titled ‘Dissidents’ Ball – Photography under Surveillance’, the showcase is on view from March 4 to April 30, 2023.

Both Hauswald and Štreit were placed under surveillance for documenting everyday life in their respective Communist countries (the GDR and Czechoslovakia); both were arrested and had their images and negatives confiscated. Within this framework of permanent pressure, each of them developed a sublime visual language that highlights the contradictions between state propaganda and the actual realities of life in a communist dictatorship. The resulting images offer present-day audiences an authentic and honest insight into this era of European history.

Perhaps the constraints of censorship and surveillance were, in fact, the prerequisites that gave rise to this specific style of documentary photography. The exhibition at Berlin’s Buchkunst Gallery now juxtaposes the artistic approaches of these two remarkable photographers.

A portfolio of Jindřich Štreit’s work was featured in LFI 7/2021.

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