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DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Poupětova 1, Praha 7

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The exhibition project entitled On Flying and Other Dreams features five books by Petr Sís that focus on the subject of “inner” and “outer” freedom. The award-winning autobiographical book The Wall – Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain (2008) tells of imaginary and real walls, of a world where freedom remains a mere dream. In The Three Golden Keys (2007), the author returns to the Prague of his childhood. But this time it is a city that in a child’s eyes comes alive with legends, dreams, and stories. His version of the Persian poem The Conference of Birds (2011) as well as the books The Pilot and the Little Prince (2014) and Robinson (2017) touch upon universal questions concerning human freedom and its importance. On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the exhibition is thus a message that individual freedom is a fundamental value that cannot be taken for granted, and that its gradual and inconspicuous erosion poses a real threat to contemporary society.

Petr Sís is an internationally renowned writer of children’s books, illustrator, graphic artist and a creator of animated films. He was born in 1949 in Brno and grew up in Prague. He studied painting and filmmaking at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. He came to America in 1982, where he started illustrating for periodicals like New York Times and soon began writing books. Since then he has been living in New York with his family and regularly returns to his native country.