Jakub Ra is a visual artist based between Prague and Paris. Director of the New Aliens Agency, creative director of the SOTC label, co-founder of the Fluido party and recently also part of the creative team of Helsinki Fashion Week. Jakub has long and intensively devoted himself to the body as the central phenomenon of his work. He has also long documented the queer community, where he creates mostly portraits of young LGBTQ+ people. He identifies himself as a nonbinary.

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

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

Furthermore, in 2017, he was at Studio Vortex residency under the direction of Antoine d’Agata, where he consolidated his visual language and researched the theme of the human body as a living medium of everyday existence. In the summer of the same year, Jakub was preparing the first big solo exhibition abroad, in New York with the SOTC project. This year he also worked closely with the well-known singer Jana Uriel Kratochvílová. Together they created a video that was screen during her concert.
In 2018, he created a successful fashion merchandise for Jägermeister together with the MyDearClothing brand. He founded the label Sperm on the Clothes (SOTC) together with Michaela Mazalová in 2015, but in 2019 he took over the leading of the label himself and works there as a creative director. SOTC is a collaborative genderfluid fashion label. This year, his photo also appeared on the cover of FlashArt magazine. Jakub also deals with the topic of nightlife and the club scene, not only in photographs, but also in real life with live events, which he started organizing in Prague in 2018 under the auspices of an agency such as Alien Prayer Party, followed by the Fludio party with Markéta Vutru.

In 2019, he began working closely with singer Giudi, first with styling, visuals and photography, but later took also over the art direction of their music videos and also directed one. In the music industry, Jakub 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.

In 2020, he completed an exchange program at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where he continued to work with themes like gender, social constructs, mental health and started to more document people from queer community. Also he was focused on video works under the direction of Alain Della Negra and Brice Dellsperger. In Paris, he met Evelyn Mora, who chose him as an assistant and invited him to join the creative team of Helsinki Fashion Week 2020, where he is 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.

Jakub was in charge for several dozen art-activist projects, which he 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 4 years.

,,His work is crucial in terms of carnal aesthetics and the discovery of new beauty. He is 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 his work.”Mgr. Peter Susan Sagat PhD.

,,He is a distinctive personality of today, whose work influences not only his and the younger generation, but also brings an insight into the act and new visions for the whole society. In 2020, under his creative leadership of the New Aliens Agency, he managed to stabilize the agency’s position not only on the Czech market, but also on the international market. With his unique concept, perception of beauty today, diversity and especially transparent communication and declaring artistic and fashionable visions of the agency, he ranked it among respected and sought-after agencies on an international scale.”Olo Křížová, Creative Director at Czech Fashion Council

CLIENTS

Helsinki Fashion Week – Pecha Kucha Night Bratislava – My RawJoy – Innovate s.r.o. – Digital.Village.io – FashionLIVE! – GIUDI – Czech Fashion Council – 27Jewelry – 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

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

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

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

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