JaCobra is a visual artist who works in many creative fields. From fine arts like a performance, video and photography to commercial creative direction. They are a director of the New Aliens Agency, co-founder of the SOTC label and co-founder of the Fluido-club. They graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with BA and MA in Photography and New Media.

They has long and intensively devote themself to the body as the central phenomenon of their work. JaCobra examines the boundaries of the heteronormative dictates of society, and also long documented the queer community, creating portraits of young LGBTQ+ people. They exhibited in New York, Rome, Paris, Jerusalem and other cities around the world. Identifies themself as a nonbinary person, and currently based in Prague.

JaCobra graduated from the High School of Art and Design in Brno, where they learned the classic craft of analog photography together with applied advertising photography. Already during their high school studies, they dealt with themes like relationship between the human body and identity, along with the definition of beauty in their self-portraits.

In 2015, started to study at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – FAMU, where they developed intermedia thinking under the guidance of Štěpánka Šimlová. Since 2017, they has been under the direction of Hynek Alt in the New Media studio, where improved conceptual thinking in their hybrid projects. JaCobra was interested in relationship between technology and human body, post-identity and 3D space. At the same time this year, co-founded the New Aliens Agency, where they became the head of the modeling section and created the complete visual of the agency.

Furthermore, in 2017, they were at Studio Vortex residency under the direction of Antoine d’Agata, where consolidated their visual language and researched the theme of the human body as a living medium of everyday existence. In the summer of the same year, JaCobra was preparing the first solo exhibition abroad, in New York with the SOTC project. This year they also worked closely with the well-known singer Jana Uriel Kratochvílová. Together they created a video that was screen during her concert.

,,His*her work is crucial in terms of carnal aesthetics and the discovery of new beauty.” – Mgr Peter Susan Šagát PhD.

In 2018, JaCobra created a successful fashion merchandise for Jägermeister together with the MyDearClothing brand. This year, one of their photo also appeared on the cover of FlashArt magazine. JaCobra also deals with the topic of nightlife and the club scene, not only in photographs, but also in real life with live events, which they started organizing in Prague in 2018 under the auspices of an agency such as Alien Prayer Party, followed by the Fludio party co-founded with Markéta Vutru. A queer club night space.

In 2019, they began working closely with singer Giudi, first in styling, promo visuals and photography, but later took also over the art direction of their music videos and also directed three of them. In the music industry, JaCobra also collaborated with singers like Piqi Miqi or Bad Gyal. This year the agency was selected by Wallet magazine (issue 6) as one of the 10 most progressive modeling agencies in the world.

,,He*she ranked the agency among respected and sought-after agencies on an international scale.” – Olo Křížová, head of Czech Fashion Council

In 2020, JaCobra completed an exchange program at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where they continued to work with themes like gender, social constructs and started to more document people from queer community. Also they were focused on video works about mental health issues, under the direction of Alain Della Negra and Brice Dellsperger. In Paris, they met with Evelyn Mora, who chose them as an assistant and invited to join the creative team of Helsinki Fashion Week 2020, where their was mainly in charge of visual communication on social media and model casting. As a result, the New Aliens Agency became the first modeling agency in the world to scan its models and rank them at the first fully digital fashion week in history.

During 2021 they completed a MA degree at FAMU with a project which is a children’s book – Barevné Pohádky. The book has an activist subtext with its four fairy tales about ,,otherness”, mostly LGBTQ+ community. The book was nominated for Gratias Tibi Award.

JaCobra was in charge for several dozen art-activist projects, which they has organized in the Czech Republic together with the New Aliens Agency and other organizations (Elpida for seniors, Amnesty International, Petrohradská Kolektiv, Dětský domov v Horní Plané, ZVUK, Prague Biennale Projekt, Prague Pride) in the last five years.

,,They are not afraid of internal structures, unknown contexts or extreme positions, so everyone who deals with body weight, physicality, and body survival in overcoming metaphysical being, spirituality, and transformation to the transcendence of bodily experience, should pay attention to their work.”Mgr. Peter Susan Sagat PhD.

,,He*she is a distinctive personality of today, whose work influences not only their and the younger generation, but also brings an insight into the act and new visions for the whole society.” – Olo Křížová

CLIENTS

Helsinki Fashion Week – My RawJoy – Innovate s.r.o. – Digital.Village.io – FashionLIVE! – GIUDI – Czech Fashion Council – 27Jewelry – MAGU – STOP by Martina Martišková – Tomáš Baťa University – Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – Festival Revolution – Piknikon – SpicyMama – Prostor  –  Maura Architects – DailyStyle Magazine – Open Air Foto Festival – CosmeticPoint

SOLO EXHIBITION

2020
BODYSHOTS22 (with PXS), INDUSTRA GALLERY, BRNO (CZ)

2019
AIR DROP ME, 207 GALLERY, UMPRUM, PRAGUE (CZ)
PRENATAL, KUNSTHALLE, BRATISLAVA (SK)
CRISIS, VÁCLAV ŠPÁLA GALLERY (CZ)
R-RATED, PETROHRADSKÁ KOLEKTIV, PRAGUE (CZ)
PROJECT ALOPECIA, LOM.SPACE, BRATISLAVA (SK)
REZIDENCE, INI GALLERY, PRAGUE (CZ)

2017
ANTIDIMENSION, BOHEMIAN NATIONAL HALL, NEW YORK (USA)
LOVE YOUR OUTFIT, PUNCTUM GALLERY, PRAGUE (CZ)
SENSE, TOWER PARK ŽIŽKOV, PRAGUE (CZ)

2016
BLUE MASS, GALLERY CFC, PRAGUE (CZ)
INSTANT COBRA, MATMOS GALLERY, PRAGUE (CZ)
RED HAUL SICKNESS, KORPUS, (WITH PXS), PRAGUE (CZ)
BLUE MASS, IMPERIA DESIGN, BRATISLAVA (SK)
DEFINITION OF BEAUTY, GRID GALLERY, PRAGUE (CZ)

2015
GENDER FREE, PETROHRADSKÁ KOLEKTIV, PRAGUE (CZ)

2014
LOST SYMBIOSIS, ART GALLERY, PROSTĚJOV (CZ)
PROJECT GENDER, MUSEUM AND GALLERY, PROSTĚJOV (CZ)
(UN) REAL VIEW, ANNE FRANK MEMORIAL, BRNO (CZ)

2013
SOUL, ART GALLERY, PROSTĚJOV (CZ)

GROUP EXHIBITION

2022
SKRZE TEBE VIDÍM SEBE, 8SMIČKA GALLERY, HUMPOLEC (CZ)

2021
FRESHEYES, PHOTOBOOK MARKET, ROTTERDAM (N)
LYRONOŠI, PŘIŠKRCENÍ SLAVÍCI A BUDITELKY RÁNA, GALERIE TIC, BRNO (CZ)
GENTLE WAKE-UP SOUNDS, HOLEŠOVICKÁ ŠACHTA, PRAGUE (CZ)

2020
KONTINUITA HUMANITY, PRAGUE BIENNALE PROJEKT, AVOID GALLERY, PRAGUE (CZ)

2019
SCREENING DAAVS DAY III, KUNSTHALE, BRATISLAVA (SK)
,,DÍKY, ŽE MŮŽEME”, DŮM RADOST, PRAGUE (CZ)
NEW TRANSLATION, VUNU GALLERY, KOŠICE (SK)
THE WELL-DESERVED REST, MESIAC FOTOGRAFIE, BRATISLAVA (SK)
JACKPOT, MEETFACTORY, PRAGUE (CZ)

2018
JACKPOT JACKS, PLUTO GALLERY, BRATISLAVA (SK)
FAKE ME, BRAGA (PORTUGAL)
DIGITAL NAIVE, HOLEŠOVICKÁ ŠACHTA, PRAGUE (CZ)

2017
TQUG, RAAMATUPOOD PUANT, TALLIN (ESTONIA)
FOTO LEGGENDO, ROMA (ITALY)

2016
BIO ART, MUSRARA GALLERY, JERUSALEM (ISRAEL)

2015
THE CHARLIE GALLERY, KARLOVY VARY (CZ)
RETROSPEKTIVA, STREDOEURÓPSKÝ DOM FOTOGRAFIE, BRATISLAVA (SK)
OPEN-AIR FOTO FESTIVAL, THE STOLEN GALLERY, ČESKÝ KRUMLOV (CZ)

2014
RETROSPEKTIVA, THE HOUSE OF THE LORDS OF KUNŠTÁT, BRNO (CZ)
BIENÁLE BRNO – OFF PROGRAM, MORAVSKÁ GALERIE BRNO (CZ)

AWARDS

2021
Emerging Europe Talent, selected by GUP magazine and FRESHEYES

2015
1st place – MUS? , Centre for Contemporary Art – DOX, Prague

2014
Special jury award – MUS? Moravská Galerie Brno

2011
winner of the 4th round – Photographer of the Year Junior

CONTACT

For requests about exhibitions, sales, commercial work or to arrange an interview or lecture, please send an e-mail briefly detailing your inquiry to jakub@newaliensagency.com

SUPPORT

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