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KAUNAS PHOTO 2014 » Tomáš Pospěch

Castle owners

Tomas Pospech Tomáš POSPECH was born on July 31, 1974 in Hranice, now Czech Republic.

He is artist, art historian, freelance curator. He teaches art photography at the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic. In 1998, at the same school he had obtained Masters Degree in Photography. In 2013, he obtained his PhD at Charles University in Prague. From 1999 he lives between Prague and Hranice. He was among the photographers who showed up in Kaunas for the first edition of Kaunas Photo festival, back then called “Kaunas Photo Days.”

In 2004, he was exhibiting his work about an arrival of new TV factory that brought corporate culture to a provincial region of the Czech Republic. This year, a 40-year-old photographer returns to Kaunas with another series, Castle owners. This project deals with a typically Czech phenomenon: the making of garden models of real as well as imaginary castles and mansions. These small monuments decorate gardens and green areas of villages, squares or railway stations. The extensive photographic collection by Tomáš Pospěch pays a tribute to the relation between these miniature buildings and their owners / creators. Photographer’s simplicity and proximity to models, a tinge of humor, a slightly pathetic patriotic tune turn these images into a playful introduction to Czech castles and mansions.

The Castle owners exhibition is available to see outdoors, on the square in front of the Kaunas Castle.