Window to the VVP AVU Video Archive

I often felt nauseous before I was to go to school because our teachers used to humiliate us. The only way to survive school was to do something creative – to photograph or to make movies. My classmate Rinalds had an 8 mm camera, so we also took to making films. We worked well together. The one who’d come up with an idea would take the role of the actor, the other one would be the cameraman. Or the other way around. We’d shoot what we thought was “cool” to be filmed. Our films can be divided in two categories: art films (following an idea, an experiment) and documents (everyday life in the school: fights among classmates, teachers). Movies  called “I.R. Piktuers” (I. = Ivars, R. = Rinalds, Piktuers = twisted word “pictures” were mostly made between 1992-1993 at the elementary school in Riga.  This edited version was made in 2012.

Ivar Gravlejs (* 1979) graduated at Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2007 where he studied photography. Typical of him are photographs and videos often created in other contexts and for different purposes thus they hadn’t been intended as art. The artist appears at the contemporary art scene as a bitter ironist who turns specific exhibition themes and established concepts upside down which plainly demonstrates their ridiculousness or feebleness of their original constructs.


In The Window to the Archive programme, the AVU Research Center in Prague (VVP AVU) in conjunction with Artyč regularly releases works from the VVP AVU video archive (go to The selection for Artyč focuses on older works (materials from the end of the 20th century), works bordering on video art, film and documentation, or on purely documentary materials related to the recent development of Czech and Slovak visual art.


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