Fotograf Magazine

Martin Hrubý

Resort: Elites from Vystrkov; the Post-Socialist Transformation of Unscrupulousness and Historical Consciousness

The recreational compound of Vystrkov on the banks of the Orlík dam was built in the early 1960s. It consists of fifteen villas and a central hotel, all in the Brussels style. The compound was built by architects and builders who were imprisoned and abused for working on similar projects during the previous regime. The premises were supposed to serve communist big shots who used to come here until the end of 1989 to enjoy the secret luxury the public did not know about. In the early 1990s, the compound was privatized, and it gradually became a symbol of early Czech capitalism in its wild form since business oligarchs of the first decade of post-socialist transformation used to vacation there as well. Currently, there is a wellness centre whose owner offers luxurious “recovery stays”, trying to make a clean break with the past.

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