Followers, 2020

Gortazar, P. 2020. Followers, 2020. Four Corners Gallery, London, UK 23 Jun - 03 Jul 2021

CreatorsGortazar, P.
Description

During the Communist period in Czechoslovakia, the secret police followed indiscriminately thousands of citizens. Through a constant surveillance activity, they captured everyday moments and encounters that could potentially form a case for anti-revolutionary behaviour. The photographs were often captioned with detailed information on the place that they were taken, date and time of day, and the people with whom the suspect had been seen. Each case was kept in individual profiles, containing personal information from the suspect and their extended network, including relatives, work colleagues, lovers and friends.

Followers combines reproductions from the archive of the Czechoslovakian secret police with contemporary photographs shot by the artist in the streets of Prague. Both archival and recent images were taken with a 35mm Robot II camera, the most commonly used device by the secret police in their spying activity during communist times. The resulting fictional archive aims to draw the attention to new forms of online surveillance, as well as the widespread tolerance of social media users with such practices.

Date15 Sep 2020
KeywordsPh: The Photography Research Network, Photography Exhibition, Contemporary Art
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Image credit
Gortazar, Paula, Followers 2020
Media type
Image
Web address (URL)https://www.ph-research.net/bridging-the-distance

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Cosmos, Fiction and Transcendence: Photography and Conceptual Art in Communist Bratislava
Gortazar, P. 2020. Cosmos, Fiction and Transcendence: Photography and Conceptual Art in Communist Bratislava . 52nd Annual ASEEES Convention. Washington DC, USA 08 Jun - 05 Nov 2021

Subjective Documentary Photography in ‘‘Normalised’’ Czechoslovakia (1968-89). Decoding Vladimír Birgus’ Work
Gortazar, P. 2019. Subjective Documentary Photography in ‘‘Normalised’’ Czechoslovakia (1968-89). Decoding Vladimír Birgus’ Work. Fotocinema. 19, pp. 101-123. https://doi.org/10.24310/Fotocinema.2019.v2i19.6647

Toward an Emancipation of Photographic Vision: “Visualism” Under Czechoslovakian “Normalization” (1968–89)
Gortazar, P. 2019. Toward an Emancipation of Photographic Vision: “Visualism” Under Czechoslovakian “Normalization” (1968–89). Photography and Culture. 12 (2), pp. 151-170. https://doi.org/10.1080/17514517.2019.1596598

Towards an Emancipation of Photographic Vision: ‘Visualism’, ‘Opsognomie’ and ‘Elementary Photography’
Gortazar, P. 2018. Towards an Emancipation of Photographic Vision: ‘Visualism’, ‘Opsognomie’ and ‘Elementary Photography’. Practices, Circulation and Legacies: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe. Ljubljana, Slovenia 08 - 10 May 2018

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