Fatescapes series, 2009
El artista eslovaco Smejkal muestra una serie que denomina Fatescapes [Escapar al destino]. Se trata de imágenes icónicas de años recientes que representan la tragedia, la muerte y la guerra. En ellas ha eliminado a los protagonistas principales y nos ha dejado sólo con el escenario de fondo. Sin embargo, y a pesar de ello casi todas las imágenes son reconocibles.
In my last work I am interested in historical contexts of human history, widely recorded by photographic medium in the last three centuries, I am interested in the medium itself, in its representational function and image as such. Getting off the main motif from the historical documents, from the photos which became our culture heritage, our image bank, a memory of nations, a symbol, a propaganda instrument or an example of some kind of photography, a template for making other images, in the time when almost all these photographs were reinterpreted by many authors of following generations from many points of view, with the knowledge that some of them were staged or their authenticity is disputable, I place questions about their sense, their meaning, their function and their future. I am interested in possibilities of photography in the time when analog process is over and I am asking what is next in the world waiting for change.