Jiri Skála

Jiri Skala Two Families of Objects

Two Families of Objects, 2007. 14 color photographs, Lamda print, 50 x 40 cm, photographed by Jan Boublík, 2007 | Josef Malát had been employed as a technician at Škoda Klatovy from the early 1960s until 2003. In 2000, he purchased a multifunctional tool sharpener from the factory where he had worked for close to 40 years.

 

Jiri Skala Two Families of Objects

Two Families of Objects, 2007. 14 color photographs, Lamda print, 50 x 40 cm, photographed by Jiřina Skálová, 2006 | Jiřina Skálová had been employed as a lathe-hand at Škoda Klatovy from 1968 until 2006. In 2001, she and her husband Jaroslav Skála purchased the universal lathe on which she had worked for 22 years.

 

Jiri Skala Two Families of Objects

Two Families of Objects, 2007. 14 color photographs, Lamda print, 50 x 40 cm, photographed by: Jaroslav Stupka, 2007 | Jaroslav Stupka had been employed in the logistics section at Škoda Klatovy from the late 1970s until 1992. In 2006, he purchased a universal lathe from the factory where he had worked for close to 15 years.

 

Celechovsky/Mrazek. Confrontation Reading. 2009, HD video, 13 min.

 

Jiri Skalas installation Two families of Objects tells a story of the ownership of the means of production where his father buys an turning lathe from a now bankrupt former state owned company as a birthday gift for Skalas mother. Thus he wants to ensure the family income from working with this machinery. Jiri Skala then collects more photos of now individually owned machinery that has been bought by former colleagues of his parents.
In the video Celechovsky/Mrazek the artist Bohdan Mrazek reads the memoirs of Josef Celechovsky. Mrazek, a successful visual artist during socialist times, also was active in the Czech samizdat scene of the the 1970s. Celechovsky was a member of the communist party from early 1950s up until 1989.

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