Husband and wife, Radim & Barbara Neumann, mostly explore the theme of identity in many different forms. Like a growing number of young artists, they masterly handle possibilities offered by digital manipulation with photographic images. Instead of traditionally capturing the real world and its inhabitants which prevailed in photography for the first hundred and fifty years of its existence, they create pictures belonging to a non-existent world and artificially made people, a world in which reality and fiction can no longer be told apart.

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All the Neumann’s series have drawn attention to a number of exhibitions in the Czech Republic as well as abroad, for example, at a photography biennale in Lyon, France, at the Festival of Art Photography in Warsaw, Poland, or at the Budapest spring festival, Hungary. Their series The Replacement was chosen for a prestigious touring exhibition of the most talented young contemporary photographers called ReGeneration 2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today held by the ľElysée Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and their work is presented in a book bearing the same title, released by a famous publishing house Thames and Hudson. Barbora and Radim Zurek (Barbara & Radim Neumann) have appeared on the Czech photographic scene like a comet would in the sky. However, their work possesses all the significance required to ensure they will stay there.

Prof. PhDr. Vladimir Birgus
director of Institute of Creative Photography, Silesian University, Opava / curator

 

Barbara & Radim Neumann
(12th March 1987, Beroun / 9th February 1971, Prerov)
Dresden / Prague

EDUCATION:
Barbara
2002-2006 VOS and SPSG graphic, Hellichova 22, Praha 1, Polygraphy
2004-2006 Prague School of Photography, o.p.s.
2006-2012 Institute of Creative Photography, Silesian University, Opava (Master’s degree)

EDUCATION:
Radim
2003-2005 Prague School of Photography
2006-2012 Institute of Creative Photography, Silesian University, Opava (Master’s degree)

SERIES:
2008 Descendant
2010 The Replacement
2013 The River

OPEN PROJECT “Ich heiße Neumann”
2014 Zwischen den Häusern
2014 Billige Ware
2016 Grafikfragmente
2018 Dritte Option

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
• “The Replacement” Artitled-contemporary art, Herpen, 2010
• “The Replacement” Galerie Heinz-Martin Weigand – Ettlingen, 2010
• “The Replacement / Descendants” Opera Gallery in Ostrava, 2010
• “The Replacement” Month of Photography – Bratislava, 2009
• “Homeworks” Gallery FotoGrafic – Prague, 2009
• “Descendants / The Blind” House of Arts in Opava, 2008

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection):
• Rencontres de la Photographie of Marrakech in Morocco 2019 (Festival Voies Off 2019)
• Festival Voies Off – Award 2019 – Presence / Rencontres d’Arles 2019
• The Inner Circle of Contemporary Czech Photography, Prague City Gallery, 2013
• Lucky – Kindheit in zeitgenössischer Fotografie / Kunst galerie Fürth, 2011
• ITF, Galerie Prospekto, Vilnius, 2011
• Lab East / V8 Verlag GmbH, Cologne, 2011
• Czech Press Photo, Prague, 2010
• ReGeneration 2 – Tomorrow´s photographers today – (Musée de l´Elysée Laussane;
Les Rencontres d’Arles; Aperture Foundation, New York 2010 – 2014)
• The Twentieth Year of ITF – University of Oxford, 2010
• Fotofestiwal in Lodz – Factory of Photography, Lodz, 2010
• The Twentieth Year of ITF – Galerie Gamu, Praha / National Theater, Brno, 2010
• Prague Biennale 4 / Prague Biennale Photo 1, Real Unreal, Prague, 2009
• The Young Czech Photography, Galeria Luksfera and Galeria Klimy Bocheskij – Warsaw Festival, Poland, 2009
• Identity of Young Czech Women Photographers, The Hungarian House of Photography-Mai Manó House, Budapest, 2009
• Czech Press Photo, Prague, 2008
• 9PH Identité 08 Lyon Septembre de la Photographie, 2008
• “Czech Start” Fotobild BERLIN, Germany, 2007
• Young Czech Women Photographers – Month Of Photography in Bratislava, 2007

AWARDS:
• Czech Press Photo 2010 – 3rd place / Riverside Paradise (Environment)
• Lab East – 30 photographic positions from Central and Eastern Europe – photeur.net, 2011
• ReGeneration 2 / Musée de l´Elysée, Lausanne, 2010
• Czech Press Photo 2008 – Honorable Mention / The Blinds (Portrait)

COLLECTIONS:
• Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland
• Michaelis School of Fine Art, South Africa
• Galerie Heinz-Martin Weigand, Germany
• Artitled-contemporary art, The Netherlands
• Private collections