Prague, Czech Republic
“The physical existence of photography is critical for me. In fact, everything that exists in physical form is destined to age, including our memory of that material object.“
Since the invention of celluloid, the still image has defined our imagining of the past. Václav Kopecký plays upon this relationship, (b. 1983, Czech Republic) approaching photography not only as a reflection of time and memory but also as a physical object which disintegrates and ages. His use of fade, discolouration and tint questions materiality, drawing to mind turn-of-the-century colourised pictures. In the advent of near-universal digitalisation, Kopecký returns to the darkroom, finding innovative relevance for analogue film and traditional techniques. He pushes the medium to its limits; installing exhibitions with photosensitive emulsion which has the effect of stepping inside the walls of a developing chamber.