Just before the world-famous events of the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution took place on 17th November 1989, the people of one soot-stained city held their own series of protests for the most basic of human rights – clean air.
Painter, musician and a resident Prague party vampire Jan Vytiska constructs a world where folk costumes, corpses, farmer's wives, hanging eyeballs, hairy-faced girls and general decay make acquaintance.
Following is an excerpt from the National Letters anthology compiled by Marek Nedelka, founder of Letter Books, which shows how the development and preserving of original writing systems, languages and alphabets helped to mould nations and set down their identities.
American-Czech video artist Bohuslav “Woody” Vašulka made an undisputed mark on the global art world, which came to an end with his recent passing. Writer Miloš Vojtěchovský presents a compact summary of his life and work.
Ukrainian writer Iryna Zahladko unravels a beautifully narrated series of poems and situational vignettes about estrangement, transformation and adjustment of heritage, and feeling one's way around a new-found world.
Half-forgotten dreams of apparitions and lives past – that's the world visual artist Barbora Šemberová lays out before our eyes in her vibrant illustrations of dry and oil pastel, and acrylic liner on paper.
Polish artist Iwona Ogrodzka offers a 2019 video vignette into the life of hers and her grandma's village, full of spring, gardening, gatherings and flashlight trips after dark, and uses it as a backdrop for the story of brave Maria who joined a rebellion.
Lithuanian artist Rasa Vilcinskaite creates ornate headpieces, reminiscent of an array of extraterrestrial flora taking root in your scalp, which utilize basic beading techniques to invent intricate patterns.
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