The Velvet Revolution in the Photographs of Pavel Štecha | Exhibition

When: 05.11.2019 - 04.12.2019
Where:  Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana


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Come take a look at these poignant photographs exploring the personality of Václav Havel, the first President of the Czech Republic and a leading dissident voice during the Velvet Revolution.

These photos by Pavel Štecha, provided by the International Center for Photography, capture the euphoric energy during the Velvet Revolution in Prague. 

From the student demonstration on November 17, met by police wielding shields and batons, to a larger protest movement, this exhibition shows how the struggle for freedom connected Czechs across the social spectrum as students, dissidents, artists, religious workers, and residents of ever smaller towns began to join in.  The general strike by major state factories signaled to the governing party that things were getting serious. Tense negotiations began, an agreement was reached, and Czechs and Slovaks shook their keys, literally, ringing a bell to mark the end of the oppressive communist regime that had stolen forty years of their lives.

1989 was a time of great hope, excitement, and optimism and Pavel Stecha’s photographs encourage us to reflect on the days of revolution and to consider how much we still owe to the ideals that led the Velvet Revolution.