25. 6. 2012

The authors of the monograph Selfportraits Dita Pepe and Vladimír Birgus will be the guests of Leica Gallery Prague. On Monday, June 25, 2012 at 7 p.m. The discussion is free of charge; reservation required –


In her photographic self-portraits, the Czech photographer Dita Pepe (b.1973) shows that she is a woman of many faces. One face is that of the self-confident wife of a rich businessman. Another is that of a simple country girl in a dress and floral-print smock, sitting together with a similarly dressed old woman in a home for the elderly. In a third photo she is the mother of a large Roma family. And in others she is an affectedly smiling collector of rare china and one of two sportswomen confidently displaying their muscular bodies in leotards. Daughter, grand-daughter, sister, or friend of many women. Wife, lover, or friend of many men. Mother of many children. Chameleon. Dita Pepe has created dozens of meticulously staged self-portraits in which she changes her age, character, and social status, and adapts to the people with whom she is photographed. She is an artist of works  in which staged photography distinctively mixes with sociological documentary work, the psychological characterization of specific people merges with a generalizing picture of various cultures, classes, or gender stereotypes, ‘high art’ blends with pop culture, postmodernism with conceptual art, the sociological portrait with fashion photography.

This is the first book about Dita Pepe. Its author, Vladimír Birgus, is a photographer and an historian of photography, a professor and the head of the Institute of Creative Photography at Silesian University, Opava.