WEEKLY DOSE #6 // A WEEK WITH MARTIN KOLLAR

WEEKLY DOSE #6 // A WEEK WITH MARTIN KOLLAR


A WEEK WITH MARTIN KOLLAR

Welcome to the 6th WEEKLY DOSE,a very special WEEKLY DOSE

Hello buddies, it’s Monday and this is the 6th Weekend dose. A very special WEEKLY DOSE  because we propose you a new Rendez-vous which will take place once or twice a month, »A WEEK WITH » which celebrates a photographer through a report or series. Of course, you can contact us if you want to propose a complete series.

We are very happy and proud to open this new section with a photographer whom we love more than anything at Gasp because he brings together in his work everything that animates us at Gasp, a strong and offbeat documentary work, an unusual and joyful photograph.
We welcome for this first « week with » MARTIN KOLLAR!

He has sent us 7 images from his wonderful book « NOTHING SPECIAL » with which we will spend this week here, but also on our Facebook  and our Instagram

MARTIN KOLLAR

Martin Kollar (1971) Born in Žilina in Czechoslovakia (now Slovak Republic), studied at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, the Film faculty, camera department.
He has been working as a freelance photographer, cinematographer and director since he has been graduated there.

Martin use to work on long term photography projects. He has received several grants and awards as Prix Elysee and Oscar Barnack Award and Backlight award.
His works have been featured in numerous exhibitions worldwide at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, the Slovak National Gallery (Bratislava), Martin-Gropius- Bau, Berlin, Germany, Tel Aviv museum of art and Maison Européenne de la Photography,Paris.

He has published five photography books, Nothing Special (Actes sud 2008), Cahier (Diaphane 2011), Field trip (Mack 2013), Catalogue (Slovak National Gallery 2015) and Provisional arrangement (Musee Elysee/Mack 2016).

"NOTHING SPECIAL" BY MARTIN KOLLAR

In NOTHING SPECIAL, The Czechoslovak photographer seeks to capture the strangest scenes offered by daily life in the ten countries that joined the EU in 2004, through a raw and uninhibited vision.  His photographs shake up the debilitating and relentless visions of the former Eastern countries in order to propose a joyful and offbeat sociology of the changes under way.


NOTHING SPECIAL (2000-2004) explained by Martin Kollar.
NOTHING SPECIAL  is published by ACTES SUD.

After the velvet revolution in 90ties in Czechoslovakia we lived in very exiting period of the transition. Old system collapsed, disappeared, faded out.. and the new system was slowly appearing with the new values, rules and new way of governing the society
I remember than back in time at the school I was 18, in the mid of the revolutions days one teacher went to our class and told us memorable sentence- everything you learn up to now was crap, you should forget it and rather you should learn everything from the scratch again.

Beluša, 2001, Slovak Republic

NOTHING SPECIAL is the work from this particular period of the transition. I would compare the situation of the society to the act when you shake a bottle with the sediments in it.
For a while you cannot see much trough what is happening inside, hard to see any shape, but after a while when sedimentation starts, you can slowly distinguish what is going on inside. That was the period when I started to work in this project.

Nadlak, 2001, Romania

The general idea for this work is based on the simple question connected to a new achieved freedom. That time I was curious about the fact how people are dealing with their free time and new possibilities to be responsible for each individual life.
My question was – What people do when they don’t need to do anything-I imagined Saturday morning, somebody is sitting in his/her sofa and thinking how to kill the time

Čadca, 2004, Slovak Republic

At the beginning I started photograph in Slovakia, later on I had been photographing in all eastern European countries. It was not important where and when we live our lives, but what portion of authenticity we are capable put in it and also it face it.It is everyday waiting in the situations which for this world mean nothing special. NOTHING SPCIAL as the title of the book.

Zuberec, 2001, Slovak Republic

 I left the real stories from the book unexplained. Context of the photographs is not really important, all the interpretation and re-creation of the stories from the pictures is on the audience.

Bratislava,2001, Slovak Republic

 Usually music is not a source of my inspiration, but album of Frank Zappa « Does humor belong in music? » made me think how to make serious project in the particular period of the transition with humor.
During this attempt I bumped up to the serious question, how to deal with the in the medium of photography, how to tell the story which will not lead towards simplification and a caricature.

Kuks, 2003, Czech republic

 The pictures narrative is based on the central story, meanwhile there was always an attempt to composed several parallel scenes on the background.
Multilayered scenes, distance, was the way how I tried deal with difficult task, how to keep the balance between the stories in, humor narrative images and how to avoid to pictures become simple caricatures.

Bratislava,2003, Slovak Republic

Every Monday morning, find the diary of the week prepared by our team with love.

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Feel free to send us your picture (only one!)  until Friday evening! Each Monday, we will present our selection of 7 photographers.