Petra T. Ruzickova
MYSTICAL PHOTOGRAPHS & HEALING PHOTOGRAPHY
Monographs & Photography Essay
by Petra T. Ruzickova
Petra Ruzickova: Fortress / Stone Star Terezin, KANT Publishing, 2003
The photographic iconography of Terezin has so far been limited to its status as a onetime fortress town and, ultimately, a concentration camp. Petra Ruzickova's photographic cycle not only enriches the visual coverage of the town, but also introduces new formal techniques. The artist has created a thematically stratified cycle where the subjects of fortification, tribulation, and the melancholy of contemporary decline blend together. The Fortress cycle is a powerful visual transformation of feelings, impressions, observations, nostalgia, and reminiscences associated with the town. In rationally planned surfaces and autonomously (in relation to the medium and theme) applied colours, the powerful emotions bound up with this town, constantly in the throes of rack and ruin, are evoked much more intensively than the correspondence concept of photography is able to express. From this point of view, Petra Ruzickova's cycle represents the town in a way which lends discussions on Terezin another significant culture layer. Petra Ruzickova releases Terezin from the fatality of its plight through freedom of expression.
Michal Janata (Essayist and Art Critic)
Petra Ruzickova & J.Stroblova, V.Krivanek, J.Suk: Psano na obrazy hrbitovu (Inscribed on Cemetery Images), Ales Prstek Publishing, 2010
This original publication is the fruit of a quartet comprising the artist Petra Ruzickova and three poets. In thirteen photographic images, the artist departs from the gloomy cemetery atmosphere and the classic funeral scene to create a simile and metaphor of the burial ground as one of the last islets of peace and beauty. Each image is accompanied by three poems loosely linked to the pictorial content.
Vladimir Krivanek: Vladimir Holan basnik (Vladimir Holan Poet), Ales Prstek Publishing, 2010
The first major monograph on one of 20th-century Czech lyrical poetry’s biggest phenomena. Each chapter of the book opens with a photographic palimpsest by Petra Ruzickova, sketching in key themes and the scenery of poems and quotations from Holan’s work.
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