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International audience for photographer

Tuesday, 5th April, 2011

PHOTO SHOW: Boris Hlavica at his gallery in Sulphide Street. PHOTO SHOW: Boris Hlavica at his gallery in Sulphide Street.

By Kurtis Eichler

Local photographer Boris Hlavica has returned to his homeland to open an exhibition of his work called "Belonging Before".

Mr Hlavica, who came to live in Broken Hill in 2003, said he chose Prague for the show because it was his homeland's capital city and "the hub" of the Czech Republic.

"It's a beautiful place and I also know the place," he told the BDT at his Sulphide Street gallery.

He said he was keen to return after his last visit to the city of more than one million people two years ago.

Mr Hlavica's photographs fetch between $300 and $2,000 and he said that while the rain had been a blessing for people on the land, it wasn't too good for his work.

"I don't like the green country. I like those colours (red desert)."

He said the exhibition, which opened this week, was an amalgam of images from his life in Australia and the Czech Republic.

Mr Hlavica will also open another exhibition of his pictures in Rio Tinto, Spain, as part of the city's Cultural Exchange.

The exchange links Broken Hill to Rio Tinto and Banska Stiavnica in Slokavia, and the exhibition is being sponsored by geologist Ian Plimer.

Mr Hlavica said he hoped to meet other artists in Spain and that he would return to Broken Hill next month.

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