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Smith College

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Fall 2012

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Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change


This paper documents the functions and internal structure of Trafačka, an experimental arts space located in the Prague 9 district. There is very little research on the presence and significance of alternative culture in Prague today, and the term itself is difficult to define. Using personal interviews conducted by the author and some background research on Czech alternative culture and spaces, the study highlights the stories of the residents and artists of Trafačka in light of the debate on alternative culture.

The author explains how Trafačka is an example alternative space and describes the complexities of being separated from other mainstream art institutions. The conclusion expresses the relevance of Trafačka for young and emerging artists in Prague today.


Art Practice | Arts and Humanities | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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