congress / people

Vladimir Vasak

Date and place of birth: 1964, Strasbourg, France

Living place: Paris, France

Theme: journalism

ECC Participation: moderator

photo: Frederic Maigrot

Television journalist and reporter, associated with Arte. His parents escaped from communist Czechoslovakia.

”We should be more humble and open ourselves to those coming in from the East.”

His specialty is reportage and street life and social problems are more interesting to him than galleries and exhibitions. In 2008, he traveled in the footsteps of French journalists who were let inside the Soviet Union in 1956. His “Retour en U.S.R.R” took him from the Byelorussian city of Minsk to Sochi. The trip showed the detritus of the communist system and the transformations the country underwent since the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2010, with the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver coming up, Vasak produced a program for Arte about the situation of Canada’s aboriginal peoples (“Vancouver: les oubliés de JO”). He has also traveled to the former Yugoslavia, visiting the Bosnians from Goradže living with Serbs from Foča in a settlement on the river Drina. Vasak reported from Georgia during clashes with separatists in Southern Ossetia and also from Algeria, Lebanon and the United States.

He attended the University of Paris, the European University Institute in Florence and the Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes (CFPJ), specializing in reportage.
Vasak worked with TF1, RFI radio and L’Yonne Républicaine.” In 1992 he started working for the newly-formed Arte channel, where he served as news editor, journalist and sometimes anchor.

Vasak has also contributed writing for the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau’s photography books, “Doisneau – un voyage en Alsace, 1945,” and “Albert Kahn, l’Alsace en couleurs 1917-1921.” He is the head of Club de la Presse’s Strasbourg chapter.