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Jiří Hanke: The views from my window


For its second exhibition rue Volta, RTR Gallery presents two bodies of work from two very distinctive artists: the “Views from my window “(1981-2003) series by Czech Jiří Hanke and a selection of works by Russian Sergey Maximishin. By bringing together these two artists in an exhibition entitled “Story and History”, the gallery RTR wants to examine the fundamental ability of photography to tell stories and to support or even sometimes to write history.

The series “The views from my window” is a chronicle of the turmoil that Hanke’s country has gone through and that takes place in front of his camera on the lookout.

Each image is marked with date and time of shooting. At times the images tend to the graphic (the endless changes of drawn lots, or construction of the road), sometimes towards the anecdotal (women who are fighting or car accidents), each captures the spirit of a daily routine that is ‘place in history and becomes the occasion in pamphleteering. Thus we see the first parade in May 1986, when the Soviet flag hanging outside her window “hunt” a Czech airplane without wing.

Jiří Hanke is born in 1944 at Kladno, a small industrial town 15 km from Prague. He spent all his life working as a bank clerk.

Story and History
Until december 24, 2011

Russiantearoom Gallery
42 rue Volta
75003 Paris
+ 33 6 63 20 23 33

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