Aug. 1 1962 in Kremnica (SR)


1977 - 1981

Metallurgic High School, Banská Štiavnica

1984 - 1987

The Institute of Artistic Photography, Opava (CR)

1989 - 1994

FAMU - Department of Photography, Prague  (CR)

I live in two worlds. One is real and the second one is an alternative created from the negative of bad qualities of the real world. The second one is of higher value for me.

It is my mirror or my picture. It is changing by the incessant self - control, it is developing. I am closing myself into this world little by little, maybe voluntarily, maybe as necessity, because this world is better and more perfect than the real one. It is nor pragmatic, logical, nor intolerancy or superficial. There is nothing to explain, it is filled by fantasy, absurd situations and play. Sometimes it is determined by the real world, then also violence and evil can appear in it. I use it as a mirror of the real world. I discover my world  slowly, it is impossible to discover it at once.

And when I find something, soon it is changed.  It is an exciting  adventure. It is a touch of transcendent. I discover strange situations, surreal pictures, unexpected relationships. Sometimes it is just an idea, sudden gleam, other time just a feeling. Sometimes it is built up as a mosaic into the inexplicable picture, that can be percieved only by subconscience. Sometimes I mediate something from it, but the most beautiful picture I have in my head. This world has been developing continuosly, something from it remains forever, something changes all the time. It shows me the way. My existency becomes  a motions between my world and the real world. It is the motion between sky and earth. More and more often I find myself just in my own world feeling intuitively that I do not belong into the real world anymore. I do not know whether I shall ever return...


Pavel Pecha

Pavel Pecha intensively creates an illusion of the infinite, august space, rituals, rites evoking associations with remote historical times, the mythical period of mankind. However, into the world of collective memory Pecha deposits instants of individual horror, dismay, instants when we find our-selves buried to the waist in the ground, or are persecuted by unknown beings. Pecha's theatre opens the door to the subconscious, sends on to the stage some deeply expenenced anxiety. And all the time he constantly poses the question about the existence or nonexistence of a collective, tragic or optimistic myth.

Pecha's radical subjectivity does not follow the road toward ignorance of history, does not speak of death, but of what has still remained of them for us, how much support we may seek in them, whether we can merge with them or not. The great majority of authors or staged photography realized their figural compositions in studios, or in interiors. Miro Švolík and Pavel Pecha included also outdoors. And Pavel Pecha was the only one to alter the landscape with a low horizon and illusion into a stage overcrowded with visions and dreams anxiously experienced by modern man.

(Vaclav Macek in „Slovak Photography 1925-2000“ SNG Bratislava 2001)

Pavel Pecha
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