Stephanie Kiwitt: Máj/My

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Ed. by Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and Camera Austria, Graz (cze./eng.).
Spector Books, Leipzig 2018.
128 pages, 19,5 × 26 cm, 87 b/w illustrations.
ISBN 978-3-95905-239-9

 

Further Publication:
Stephanie Kiwitt: Dialogues

Presentations and Conversations


14.11.2018, 19:00
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Berlin
Presentation Máj/My and conversation with Maren Lübbke-Tidow in the frame of the award ceremony of the Ellen-Auerbach-Fellowship 2018.


15.11.2018, 18:00
Fotograf Gallery, Jungmannova 19/7, Prague
Presentation Máj/My and conversation with Jan Wenzel, Spector Books, Jiří Ptáček, Fotograf Gallery, and Stephanie Kiwitt.

1.12.2018, 16:00 WIELS, Auditorium, Av. Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Brussels
Presentation Máj/My and conversation with Steven Humblet, author, curator, and Stephanie Kiwitt

Description

On the Národní Třída (Avenue of the Nation) in Prague stands a department store that opened in 1975. Until the fall of the socialist regime it was called “Máj”: the month of May. Nowadays the fifth month of the year is referred to in Czech as “květen”. “Máj” is an older word that has a romantic quality and is closely associated with a famous poem of the same name by Karel Hynek Mácha written in 1836. In 1996 the British supermarket chain Tesco purchased the store, renaming it “My” in 2009. If this name is interpreted as an English word, then it refers to an individual. It is surely no coincidence that this English name sounds much the same as the old Czech one. If pronounced, however, according to Czech phonetics, which no one ever does, it sounds quite different. Then it means “we” and refers to a collective. Since 2017 Tesco has been selling off some of its stores in the Czech Republic because of financial losses. In spring of 2018 the department store “My” was also sold.

 

Photographed in Prague from November 2015 to June 2018.

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