Pictures Without Permission

graphic design, UI & UX design. portfolio

commercial photography. portfolio


MgA. Marek Šefrna
Lives and works in Prague (CZ)

2011 – 2018 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague AVU,
MgA. in Intermedia (T. Vaněk, J. Skála, J. Kovanda)

2017 Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague FAMU,
Internship in postconceptual photography (J. Thýn, A. Jirát)

Solo exhibition
2020 The resulting image of reality is very precise, Gallery Fotografic, Prague (CZ)
2020 The resulting image of reality is very precise, Gallery TIC, Brno (CZ)
2019 Další posun / Another Shift (with R. Hanáková), Gallery Favu, Brno (CZ)
2018 Další posun / Another Shift (with R. Hanáková), Galerie Monomach, Brno (CZ)

2018 The mole of beauty, Ukradená galerie / Kasárna Karlín, Prague (CZ)
2017 Další posun / Another Shift (with R. Hanáková), Ideal prostor, Prague (CZ)
2012 Cut-out (with T. Kajánek), Galerie v peněžence, Prague/Brno (CZ)

Selection of group exhibition
2022 Different Worlds 2021, Photon gallery Vienna (AT)
2021 Different Worlds 2021, Photon gallery Ljubljana (SI)
2019 Leinemann Kunstpreis – Negative Realism, Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin (DE)

2018 Jiné místo / Another Place, AVU, Prague (CZ)
2017 Devět věcí, Galerie Jelení, Prague (CZ)
2016 Side Job, Galerie NTK, Prague (CZ)
2016 Dům módy, Galerie Hraničář, Ústí nad Labem (CZ)
2014 Viděni, Galerie K4, Prague (CZ)

2021 Different Worlds 2021, finalists, Lublaň (SI)

2018 Leinemann-Stiftung Award, 2nd place, Berlin (DE)

2021 Original? Umění napodobit umění, GMUHK

Pictures Without Permission

When I look in the windows, I collect moments from the lives of the city’s
inhabitants. Then I trace the photos, frame them, and give them back
to the people they depict.
I take the photos on which the drawings are based in places where any
random passerby could take them. The results are images with ambiguous meanings,
as the moment captured through the window does not
correspond to reality. Each of the four traced photographs depicts a
different theme: an intimate moment, a composition, an inappropriate
gesture, and a gesture that exudes peace and tranquility. The results are
zoomed-in documentary photographs that became the only representative
result I offer to make amends to the people I “encountered.” I see my
work as socially problematic, but I also see it as socially significant and,
in some ways, urban-poetical. At the same time, I try to break through
the barrier of alienation that characterizes life in big cities.