Emília Rigová: Crossing B(l)ack, 2017

The photographic series is anchored in the artist’s reflection on her light skin tone, which allows her to pass as non-Romani in the eyes of the dominant society. By stylising herself as a black Madonna, an iconic female character with a strong identification potential for Romani people, she questions the representation of non-white female figures in Central-European cultural canons. In her work, Rigová often draws attention to social groups, who have been systematically omitted from dominant cultural and historical narratives. Visions of the common future of the Romani community, as well as their collective memory, have been a recurring theme in the artist’s oeuvre.

Emília Rigová is a visual artist based in Slovakia. In her installations, performances, and site-specific interventions, she explores ways in which emotions are influenced by particular socio-cultural environments. She is concerned with social stereotypes, Romani identity, and psychological shadows.


About Festival

The Fotograf Festival explores intersections in photography and contemporary art – just like its partner projects – Fotograf Gallery and Fotograf Magazine. Festival is held in Autumn months and it presents current topic through solo as well as group exhibitions prepared in cooperation with invited domestic or foreign curators in various Prague galleries and institutions. A series of discussions, atist talks, site-specific events, public space exhibitions, projections and guided/commented tours accompany that exhibition program. Fotograf Festival is the only thematic- and curator-conceived photography festival in the Czech Republic. Its aim is to promote the photographic medium and its broader integration into contemporary art and into the conscience of the general public.

The discussions, at which invited experts debate each other on the current festival theme in the context of visual art, are meant not only for the expert public, but for the lay public as well. Fotograf Festival looks to build a tradition and a new platform for a photography festival that places Prague among other important centers for photography and the visual arts in Europe.  It strives to share contemporary photographic art and the creation of a thematically-focused space where the general public and experts from around the world can meet.



Fotograf Festival is organised by
Fotograf 07 z.s.
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Praha 1, 110 00
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Team Team Fotograf Festival #13

Světlana Malinová
Creative director

Monika Čejková
Author of the concept & curator of the exhibition in Trade Fair Palace

Tina Poliačková
Curator of the exhibition in the Fotograf Gallery

Pavel Matěj
Manager of the Festival

Jan Hladonik

Graphic Design
Anymade Studio

Karina Golisová

Tereza Vacková
Socials & Media Relations

Viktorie Vítů
Accompanying Program

Markéta Kinterová
editor-in-chief Fotograf Magazine

Barbora Čápová
Production, advertisement Fotograf Magazine

Marie Rozmánková
Finance and Administration

Aleš Loziak


In Cooperation


Fotograf Festival is organized by Fotograf 07 z.s. under the auspices of the City of Prague, the Municipal District of Prague 1, Prague 7 and with the financial support of the Prague City Hall in the amount of CZK 300.000 the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the State Culture Fund of the Czech Republic. With support of the Government of Flanders.