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Prague Shop Windows 1975 - 1995

Published on July 14th, 2016 in Entertainment

  • Prague Shop Windows 1976–96 (photo: Iren Stehli, courtesy of www.irenstehli.com)

  • Prague Shop Windows 1976–96 (photo: Iren Stehli, courtesy of www.irenstehli.com)

  • Prague Shop Windows 1976–96 (photo: Iren Stehli, courtesy of www.irenstehli.com)

  • Prague Shop Windows 1976–96 (photo: Iren Stehli, courtesy of www.irenstehli.com)

  • Sláma, the Taylor 1976–81 (photo: Iren Stehli, courtesy of www.irenstehli.com)

  • Sláma, the Taylor 1976–81 (photo: Iren Stehli, courtesy of www.irenstehli.com)

  • Sláma, the Taylor 1976–81 (photo: Iren Stehli, courtesy of www.irenstehli.com)

  • A Farm in North Bohemia 1975 (photo: Iren Stehli, courtesy of www.irenstehli.com)

  • A Farm in North Bohemia 1975 (photo: Iren Stehli, courtesy of www.irenstehli.com)

  • A Farm in North Bohemia 1975 (photo: Iren Stehli, courtesy of www.irenstehli.com)

 

Czech-Swiss photographer Iren Stehli is perhaps best known for her bold black-and-white photos of a Roma woman living in Prague, taken from 1974-2001 and published in book format in 2004 as Libuna: A Gypsy’ s Life in Prague.

 

But what has really drawn me to her work are the artist’s fascinating vintage images of Prague shops and shop windows. Shot between 1976-1995, the photos showcase the lean times and strange aesthetic of the era, containing an entire history of Czechoslovakia in window displays that feature everything from towering jars of cabbage to inventively arranged cotton balls.

 

A second series of shop and shop window photos, began by the photographer in 2004, are symbolically heavy on the Coke and Pepsi ads, reflecting the arrival of rapid consumerism from the West. Stehli's later work points a lens at Czech graduation balls, a tradition similar to American high school proms.

 

It is her earlier work, however, that will resonate with those who love the surreal portraiture of American photographer Diane Arbus, Stehli’s photographic kindred spirit. Stehli’s portfolio from the Czechoslovak era includes still-life’s of ordinary people in their apartments, scenes from cafeterias, and photo essays, similar to Libuna, of the gregarious Sláma, the Taylor and a family on their farm in Bohemia.

 

 

 

RETRO 70s and 80s Exhibition at the Dancing House 

 

Stehli, who frequently exhibits in Prague and Zurich, currently has photos in RETRO 70s and 80s an ongoing exhibit at the Dancing House where you can also view recreations of an actual grocery store (complete with real-life sour-puss cashier) and panel apartment all decked out with the artifacts of the day.

 

 

RETRO 70s and 80s

June 15-October 16, 2016

 
Dancing House Gallery
Jirasek Square 6, Prague 2
www.retro70-80.cz  
hours Daily 9:00-20:00
metro Karlovo namesti (line B) tram 14 or 17 to Jiraskovo namesti
admission 190 CZK (adults); 100 CZK (students), 70 CZK (kids up to 15)

 

 

 

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