large-scale black-and-white photographs are exhibited as suites of images
that create a lyrical narrative of nomadism, charting her travels between
her native Prague and cities beyond. They are captured moments of transit:
a glance from the window of a car or a train or a moment caught while
quickly moving through the open landscape or absentmindedly walking a city
street. The artist has chosen to present these images in a large-scale
format that is at odds with their sense of transience. Further, the scale
of her photographs makes these small moments appear more significant,
while their melancholy coloration allows them to be timeless and difficult
Markéta Othová, Allegro Ma Non Troppo, 1999, 8 black and white photographs, 41 1/2 x 63 in. (105.4 x 160 cm) each (installation view)
Markéta Othová has been exhibiting her photographs since 1990 and has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Prague such as New Names (1993) and Borders of Photography (1995), Prague House of Photography; The Bell ’94, Biennial of Young Art, Prague City Gallery (1994), which traveled to Ján Koniarek Gallery, Trnava; and Contemporary Collection–Czech Art in the ‘90s and Close Echoes, Prague City Gallery, and Body and Photography, Salmovsky Palace (1998). She has also exhibited in Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, and Trieste. Her work was included in City Legends–Prague, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden (1996); Toward the Object, Riverside Studios, London (1997); Intimacies, Rethymnon Center for Contemporary Art (1998); and Kunst Im Dialog, Czech Centre, Berlin (1999). Between 1990 and 1999, Othová mounted eleven solo exhibitions, including Her Life, National Gallery, Prague (1998).
1989-93 Illustration and Graphics Atelier, University of Applied Arts, Prague, M.A.
Selected Further Reading
Dum umení, Brno, Czech Republic. Markéta Othová: Ohen do kapes! (1997). Exhibition catalogue.
Galerie hlavního mesta Prahy, Prague. Markéta Othová: Staré zdroje (1996). Exhibition catalogue, text by Karel Srp.
Othová, Markéta. “Drawings, Photographs and Poems.” Divus, no. 1 (1995): 71-81.
Cooke, Andrée. “An Interview with Veronika Bromová and Markéta Othová.” Flash Art 28, no. 184 (October 1995): 55.