Chiméra / Vladimíra Kotra

Chiméra is a photo documentary book about intersex person and her complicated transformation to a woman. The book contains author’s own photos, Gabi authentic selfies, blog posts and facebook statuses showing her emotions during the transformation.

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Praha, Hlavní město Praha, Česko

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you are different,

you don't fit in,

searching,

and one day you realize…

... that you have found it.

The book will be published in a limited, signed and numbered​ edition of 300 copies. English version has just 60 copies. The price includes delivery and you can find English version below, under the Czech copy rewards.  

It is an extraordinary story of a man who has never fit into the usual boxes of conformity. Reading encyclopaedias since childhood, preparing explosives at the age of twelve and exploring many sexual practices and drugs in puberty. Still searching for something. As an adult he settled down, got married, but one day he realized, that he is a woman. 

In the beginning she was full of euphoria, joy and passion for all the new moments in her role as a woman. But later on she started to fell into dysphoria and hatred of her own body. She started to realize that she will never be a real, perfect woman with the ability to bring a child into this world. The book ends with her Goodbuy letter. 

I created the book with the intention to portray the feelings of someone, who has decided for a sex change. Therefore I added her selfies, blog posts and facebook statuses next to my photos. So you can see the changes of her mood through time.
It is an author book, where every detail, type of paper, framing, and the whole play with duality and contrast has its own deep meaning. 

Awards

For the series of portraits contained in the book, Vladimíra was a finalist in the Portrait category of the 2016 Czech Press Photo Award. The book was shortlisted in Kassel Dummy Award 2018 and Self Publish Riga 2018 and it was chosen as a finalist of Photo book showcase 2018 at Singapore International Photography Festival. 

Contrasts

rawness, bizarre truthfulness, truth - lie, man - woman, transgender, intersex, life - death, euphoria - dysphoria, love - hate, good - evil, vanilla - exotic, happiness? Story about Chimera includes everything. 

Author

Vladimíra Kotra is a graduate of the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava. She likes to push the boundaries of human thought, whether for greater tolerance, openness, or for what we regard as fixed truths. She has had many exhibitions in the Czech Republic and also abroad. Visit her website www.vladimirakotra.cz

News

Nov 4, 2019 PŘEDNÁŠKA O CHIMÉŘE na Fotoškoda Festu!

Všechny Vás srdečně zvu na svou přednášku o Chiméře v rámci FotoŠkoda Festivalu ve čtvrtek 7.11. v 18.hodin! >>> zajistěte si své místo zde:  https://www.fotoskoda.cz/fest/program-a-registrace/?type=4&lecturer=523&date=0#/. Pokud máte ve svém okolí někoho, kdo stále váhá jestli si…

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  • 4 POSTCARD A5

    Do you want to support the project with a symbolic amount? This reward is right for you. If you want to receive a postcard, increase the amount by 1 euro. The photo of the postcard is in the gallery of the project. 

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    Pledge EUR 5.86
    (CZK 150)
  • Sold out!! The Czech version 1

    The best price for the first 20 people.
    Czech language. 

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    Pledge EUR 17.59
    (CZK 450)
  • 24 from 50 The Czech version 2

    Second best price.
    Czech language. 

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    Pledge EUR 19.16
    (CZK 490)
  • 13 from 20 The Czech version 3

    Include delivery in the Czech republic.
    Czech language

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    Pledge EUR 21.46
    (CZK 549)
  • 28 from 30 ENGLISH VERSION ( without postage)

    The English version of Chimera book is only in 60 copies. The Czech version is in 240 copies. This books are numbered and signed by the author. It is a special limited edition. The book can be picked up in Prague, Brno, Ostrava and Bečva (ITF).  www.vladimirakotra.cz.

    Reward delivery: In half a year

    Pledge EUR 21.50
    (CZK 550)
  • 10 from 10 CZ - FOTO 36 + CHIMÉRA

    Magazine FOTO 36 in Czech langugae + Chimera.   http://www.casopis-foto.cz/
     

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    Pledge EUR 27.37
    (CZK 700)
  • Sold out!! VIP ENTRY in MEZIPATRA + Chiméra

    1 + 1 Entry for Mezipatra queer festival in Prague.   http://www.mezipatra.cz/festival/o-nas.html

    Reward delivery: In a week

    Pledge EUR 34.79
    (CZK 890)
  • 15 from 15 TWO BOOKS for SPECIAL PRICE

    Two books for a special price. Only personal handover in Prague, Brno, Becva. (if do you want english version, write Vladimíra Kotra personal message) 

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    Pledge EUR 35.77
    (CZK 915)
  • 1 from 1 FESTIVAL PASS - QUEER FESTIVAL MEZIPATRA + Chiméra

    Festival Pass for Queer film festival - Mezipatra in Prague.   http://www.mezipatra.cz/festival/o-nas.html

    Reward delivery: In a week

    Pledge EUR 38.70
    (CZK 990)
  • 20 from 20 CZ - DOLIČNÉ OKAMŽIKY, JOSEF MOUCHA + Chiméra

    CZECH LANGUAGE.
    Josef Moucha, Doličné okamžiky + Chimera.  https://www.mushroomonthewalk.com/projekty/spoust

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    Pledge EUR 40.27
    (CZK 1,030)
  • 58 from 60 CHIMERA: ENGLISH VERSION (includes delivery)

    The English version of Chimera book is only in 60 copies. The Czech version is in 240 copies. This books are numbered and signed by the author. It is a special limited edition. www.vladimirakotra.cz

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    Pledge EUR 40.66
    (CZK 1,040)
  • 9 from 10 CZ - FOTO magazine + Chiméra

    czech language 
    http://www.casopis-foto.cz/

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    Pledge EUR 46.91
    (CZK 1,200)
  • 4 from 7 10 portraits by Vladimíra Kotra + Chiméra

    Do you appreciate professional photos? Vladimíra Kotra will make you 10 impressive portraits in nature if you choose this reward. (Includes the book) (Prague, Ostrava) 

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    Pledge EUR 116.89
    (CZK 2,990)
  • 15 from 15 Collection of FOREST + Chiméra

    The special signed, numbered edition of 15 photographs from the cycle of the mysterious Forest by Vladimíra Kotra in size 13 × 18. You can find her Forest here: 
    https://www.vladimirakotra.cz/9075471/the-forest

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    Pledge EUR 175.88
    (CZK 4,499)
  • 4 from 5 Author photo A1 + Chiméra

    The author photo numbered and signed collector's edition. You can choose any photograph from the work of Vladimíra Kotra on her website (except Universum cycle) in size A1 (594 x 841). The print will be on archival paper. We can also speak about size if you’d be interested in different sizes.   https://www.vladimirakotra.cz/

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    Pledge EUR 234.56
    (CZK 6,000)
  • 5 from 5 FRAMED PHOTO A1 + Chiméra

    The author photo numbered and signed collector's edition. You can choose any photograph from the work of Vladimíra Kotra on her website (except Universum cycle) in size A1 (594 x 841). The print will be on archival paper. We can also speak about size if you’d be interested in different sizes. Personal pick up in Prague.    https://www.vladimirakotra.cz/

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    Pledge EUR 390.93
    (CZK 10,000)
  • 5 from 5 Three photos of 3 KOZY group

    The group 3 KOZY was founded in 2015. Members are Petra Vlčková, Mia Kohlerová and Vladimíra Kotra. Photographs will be printed on archival paper, numbered and signed by the authors, in A2 format. Photos are displayed in the project gallery.

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    Pledge EUR 664.58
    (CZK 17,000)
  • 3 from 5 SPONSOR

    Do you want to support art that is meaningful to you? We can arrange the reward individually, according to your taste. You can choose from professional corporate portraits, acknowledgement in the book, logo, author photos, 15 pcs of Chiméra... You can also increase the amount in the next step. We will work out the reward together, don’t hesitate to contact the author.. https://www.vladimirakotra.cz/

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    Pledge EUR 977.33
    (CZK 25,000)