Jan Zálešák (born in 1979) studied at the Faculty of Education at Masaryk University in Brno and graduated in 2007. The title of his thesis was Frameworks of Interpretation and dealt with contemporary methods of interpretation of images in the art education curriculum. Since 2008 he has been working in various academic positions, he worked as a research worker at the at the Academic Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts (2008), later he began lecturing theory and history of art at the Masaryk University. In 2011 he began working as an assistant professor Faculty of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology.

In 2008-2010 he was active as a curator at “Galerie mladých” (Gallery of Young Artists) in Brno, where he focused on solo exhibitions of young artists. Jan Zálešák also cooperated with Fait Gallery, the Brno House of Arts and with FUTURA gallery in Prague. As a curator of group exhibitions he deals with current trends in contemporary art, such as the heritage of Romanticism (Re-romantic, Gallery of Young Artists, 2009/2010), returns to the past (Memories of the Future II, House of Arts, Brno, 2013/2014) or representation of the crisis of the techno-capitalist society (Apocalypse Me, Gallery of Emil Filla, 2016). Besides his curator´s work Jan Zálešák is also known as a critic and art theoretician, he published his texts in Ateliér, Flash Art CZ/SK, Art & Antiques and A2. In 2010 he published a study in “Sešit pro umění, teorii a příbuzné zóny” (Notebook for Art, Theory and Related Zones) dealing with critical curator´s work and problems of art research. A key publication offering a survey of the Czech art scene since the year 1998, with regard to participation art and artists working in pairs or groups, is his book entitled Umění spolupráce (Art of Cooperation), published in 2011 by the Academic Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts.

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