Česká centra, Czech Centres

Česká centra / Czech centres - logo


Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 31, 2020

Online Exhibition: Still Cities

Czech Center New York presents Still Cities, a Czech-American group photo exhibition. Czech photographer Karel Cudlín brings us photos of Prague during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the five featured U.S. photographers (Lanna Apisukh, Nika De Carlo, Kay Hickman, Cameron Phan, Sam Salganik) take us through the looking glass to New York City under quarantine. Brought to viewers in cooperation with the Czech Centers; on view from June 29 exclusively on the online Czech Center Gallery.


Spring 2020. It was a strange thing. It is a strange thing. The world, piece-by-piece, shut down. It was quasi-apocalyptic. It was almost, if not entirely, without modern precedent. And yet, into this new space, this new reality, this newly empty space of cities, human energy and presence thrived, adapted. Emotions swung wildly as we distanced ourselves from one another physically, while trying to stay close. The images in this show are about this swing, this moment—interior and exterior. The photographers, from an iconic Czech documentarian to young New York City practitioners, connect and reveal their worlds, their experiences, themselves. They show us how something can be at once both oddly empty and yet vitally full. There is humanity here. There always will be, as we cling to one another in quiet, still space. 

-- Thomas Beachdel, Ph.D.


Introducing Czech photographer Karel Cudlín and U.S. photographers Lanna Apisukh, Nika De Carlo, Kay Hickman, Cameron Lee Phan and Sam Salganik.



Karel Cudlín / Prague

"In these coronavirus-ridden times, it was not possible to go through with your own projects planned in advance, work projects were canceled, and so I at least attempted to capture the atmosphere of a suddenly crowdless Prague...
...I realized just how fragile our world and civilization are -- we often feel like we are entitled to everything and that nothing can jeopardize us... The coronavirus [pandemic] has shown us that in a short amount of time, everything can completely change."  Karel Cudlín

All photos © Karel Cudlín

Karel Cudlín, born in 1960, is a Czech  photographer and assistant professor. He finished his studies at the Photography Department of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 1987. He has presented his work at many solo exhibitions and taken part in hundreds of group exhibitions both in the Czech Republic and throughout the world. He is a co-author of many publications and has collaborated with many Czech journals and newspapers. He was awarded the Revolver Prize and has received the Czech Press Photo award 18 times. Between 1996 and 2003, he was one of the official photographers of President Václav Havel. His métier is mainly documentary photography and he usually works in thematic series. He is well-known for his series of Soviet soldiers leaving Czechoslovakia; other major issues he deals with include Roma (Romani people), immigrants, the Ukraine, and Israel. He is represented in many collections in Europe, Israel, and the USA. He is a member of the 400 ASA association.



Lanna Apisukh / New York

"Since the coronavirus took hold of New York City and stay-at-home orders became in effect, I’ve been drawn to photographing the rare stillness in my neighborhood of Bushwick and the unusually sparse public spaces around the city. Captured during the height of spring, these images share the strange and beautiful season that many of us New Yorkers experienced while quickly adapting to change and social distance measures with resilience and spirit."  – Lanna Apisukh

All photos © Lanna Apisukh

Lanna Apisukh is a portrait and documentary photographer based in New York City. Her work explores people and their relationship to place, identity and gender through bold and honest stories she strives to create in her images.
Lanna is a Bachelor of Arts graduate of the University of Washington and has expanded on her photography education at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her editorial and personal work has been featured in Aint–Bad, Bust Magazine, The Photographic Journal, Lomography Magazine and more.
In addition to her freelance photography work, she works with BKC photo school to provide creative education to everyday New Yorkers and is a founding member of Seeing Collective, an artist group hosting talks, photo exhibitions and critiques to foster community and a supportive network within the photo industry.

Instagram / Website


Nika De Carlo / New York

“For me, quarantine meant turning inwards and facing parts of myself that I had been previously ignoring. This grew into re-learning how to trust myself and my partner, and ultimately being reminded of the healing power of love.”  – Nika De Carlo

All photos © Nika De Carlo

Nika De Carlo is an American photographer currently living in New York City. She received her BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in 2015, where she also had a concentration in Filmmaking.
De Carlo’s work examines relationship dynamics, immunity, emotional transformation, and self-discovery, with an emphasis on self-portraiture and photographing those closest to her. She is currently working on the completion of her latest series, See You in Heaven, a 5-year long documentation of her relationship with her partner throughout their shared opiate addiction and recovery.
Her latest film, Sick in Paradise, is a psychological short inspired by her childhood experiences with mental health issues. It is set to release later this year.

Instagram / Website


Kay Hickman / New York

“Quarantine for me was a mandatory pause. I was fearful for my life and it made me re-evaluate life.” – Kay Hickman

All photos © Kay Hickman

Kay Hickman is a New York City based documentary photographer and visual artist. With an inquisitive eye, she offers a unique and empathetic perspective into the everyday lives of the people she photographs. Her work largely focuses on documenting the human experience as it relates to identity, human rights and health issues. Hickman’s work has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Vogue, Utne Reader, Ms. Magazine, OkayPlayer, Coeval, Jazz Halo and Photographic Journal: MFON Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Hickman also joined the Everyday Project’s Advisory Board where she works on various initiatives, as well as helps curate Everyday Black America’s Instagram feed.

Instagram / Website


Cameron Lee Phan / New York

"During the quarantine of this pandemic in 2020, I have found affirmation in personal frequencies, motivations, values, and way of life; such as that fast-paced living is only a part of the American dream and the idealized American hustle. These are not always the best way to live. I’ve also found comfort in affirming that darkness is a necessary part in the balance of lightness in life." – Cameron Lee Phan

All photos © Cameron Lee Phan

Cameron Lee Phan is a Vietnamese-American photographer based in New York City. Their work focuses on portraiture, self-portraiture, and documenting the moments of significant synchronicities in life. 

Instagram / Website


Sam Salganik / New York

“There are sick people living in this building — with love and proper mental health counseling — we might make it through this atrocious affair...” – Sam Salganik

All photos © Sam Salganik




This program is sponsored by Trebitsch Whisky, first Czech single malt whisky in the US.







From: Jun 29, 2020
To: Jul 31, 2020


Czech Centre

Remind me
This event has already started.