Jan Jedlička at Jihlava International film festival

Image: Jan Jedlička at Jihlava International film festival

A documentary portrait of Jan Jedlička, a prominent Czech artist living in Switzerland since the 1970s, will be premiered at this year’s Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. To mark the occasion, the Národní filmový archiv has prepared a representative projection of Jedlička’s less well-known experimental films.

Jan Jedlička was born in 1944 in Prague and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1962 to 68. In 1969 he emigrated to Switzerland and simultaneously parted ways with fantastic realism. He initially worked as an illustrator and restorer in Zurich; however, by the mid-1970s he once again began to develop his own works using various techniques and media: drawing, watercolour, photography, earth pigments, mezzotint, screen printing and film. In recurring cycles, his works explore the landscape in terms of movement and time (southern Tuscany, Ireland, Wales, Prague and its environs). His art thus often speaks about a single place using several media. Experimental films and videos exist in dialogue with paintings and photographs.