Cultural Censorship in Czechoslovakia
Dr Jana van der Ziel Fischerova
Wednesday, January 25, at 1.15pm
The photographer Josef Sudek is mainly associated with the city of Prague, but some of his most striking works were taken in nearby suburban, rural or industrial areas where he made elegant use of the panoramic format. In the late 1950s he travelled frequently to the Most Basin in North Bohemia, an area where the countryside had been deeply altered by lignite mining. Over the next few years, he amassed a body of work that he hoped to publish in a book titled Northern Landscape, however, the effort was suppressed by a local faction of the Communist Party. Though it is unlikely that his intentions were political, his uncompromising views of the reshaped terrain were viewed as ideologically unsuitable.
Dr. Jana Van Der Ziel Fischerova teaches at the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies in Trinity College, and her main area of expertise is censorship of publications in Ireland and Czechoslovakia. For this lunchtime talk in the Gallery, during the penultimate week of the Josef Sudek exhibition, she will discuss the system of censorship imposed on culture and academia in Czechoslovakia under Soviet control.
All are welcome and admission is free, there is no need to book a place.
Image: Josef Sudek, 'Flame - Mostecko', n.d., 9.4 x 29.5 cm. Courtesy PPF Art a.s., PPF Group's collection of Czechoslovak and Czech photographs, Prague.