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jitka hanzlová

biography

Jitka Hanzlovà was born in 1958 in Náchod, Czech Republic. She lives and works in Essen, Germany.

Her biography and photographic oeuvre reflect the historical changes of political nature and elaborate an identity formation of a future emancipated subject. Her oeuvre carries a silence; each image seems a vehicle of silence. It delivers a stillness; not the stillness of the photographic medium though as Hanzlová’s pictures are moments set in motion; we trace them, follow them, step by step, frame by frame, location by location. Eyes confronting eyes, quietly, in expectation. Silence appears always in plural, silence with a companion of silence in a looped sequence of absence and presence.

In her portraits, Hanzlová achieves the effect often found in painting while also allowing her subjects to stand out in a sharp focus that highlights the nuances of their inner world. Hanzlová studies the relationships between people and the surrounding space.

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Jitka Hanzlovà was born in 1958 in Náchod, Czech Republic. She lives and works in Essen, Germany.

Her biography and photographic oeuvre reflect the historical changes of political nature and elaborate an identity formation of a future emancipated subject. Her oeuvre carries a silence; each image seems a vehicle of silence. It delivers a stillness; not the stillness of the photographic medium though as Hanzlová’s pictures are moments set in motion; we trace them, follow them, step by step, frame by frame, location by location. Eyes confronting eyes, quietly, in expectation. Silence appears always in plural, silence with a companion of silence in a looped sequence of absence and presence.

In her portraits, Hanzlová achieves the effect often found in painting while also allowing her subjects to stand out in a sharp focus that highlights the nuances of their inner world. Hanzlová studies the relationships between people and the surrounding space.

In 1993 she was awarded the Dr. Otto-Steinert-Preis by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, in 1995 she received the DG BANK Frankfurt scholarship, in 2003 the Grand Prix Arles, and in 2007 the Paris Photo Prize for Contemporary Photography. She was twice nominee for The Citibank Photography Prize in London. Hanzlová has presented her work at collective exhibitions all over the world; her noteworthy solo exhibitions include those at the Národní Galerie in Prague (2019), at the National Gallery in Edinburgh (2012) and at Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid (2012), at Museum Folkwang in Essen (2005), at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2001), at Fotomuseum Winterthur (2001), at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg (2000) and at Kunstverein in Frankfurt (1996).

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images

There Is Something I Do Not Know

Untitled - Concamother, 2011

Archival color pigment print

38 × 27,8 cm

Untitled - Jule, 2011

Archival color pigment print

38 × 28 cm

Untitled - Greco, 2011

Archival color pigment print

36,60 × 27 cm

Untitled - Pepe, 2011

Archival color pigment print

41,53 × 28 cm

Untitled - Collom, 2011

Archival color pigment print

39 × 28,4 cm

Untitled - Holger, 2011

Archival color pigment print

35,4 × 27 cm

Female

Tereza, Central Park, 2000

Color photograph

40,6 × 30,5 cm

Daphne, Long Island, 1999

Color photograph

28,8 × 19,2 cm

Ivana, Coney Island, 2000

Color photograph

40,6 × 30,5 cm

Sylvia, Chelsea, 1999

Color photograph

40,6 × 30,5 cm

Blue Door, London, 1999

Color photograph

40,6 × 30,5 cm

Maryanne, Upper East Side, 1999

Color photograph

40,6 × 30,5 cm

Vielsalm

Untitled (mourning fog), 1999

Color photograph

40 × 30 cm

Waterfall, 1999

Color photograph

40 × 30 cm

Tree Sky, 1998

Color photograph

40 × 30 cm

Three Roofs, 1999

Color photograph

40 × 30 cm

public exhibitions

National Gallery Prague

Trade Fair Palace

Prague

Jitka Hanzlová. Silences

15.11.2019 – 16.2.2020

National Gallery Prague

Trade Fair Palace

Prague

Jitka Hanzlová. Silences

15.11.2019 – 16.2.2020

National Gallery Prague

Trade Fair Palace

Prague

Jitka Hanzlová. Silences

15.11.2019 – 16.2.2020

Museum für Photographie

Braunschweig

Between Continuum

6.10 – 2.12.2018

© Jitka Hanzlová/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018; Foto: Laura Ludwig

Museum für Photographie

Braunschweig

Between Continuum

6.10 – 2.12.2018

© Jitka Hanzlová/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018; Foto: Laura Ludwig

Museum für Photographie

Braunschweig

Between Continuum

6.10 – 2.12.2018

© Jitka Hanzlová/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018; Foto: Laura Ludwig

Museum für Photographie

Braunschweig

Between Continuum

6.10 – 2.12.2018

© Jitka Hanzlová/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018; Foto: Laura Ludwig

Museum für Photographie

Braunschweig

Between Continuum

6.10 – 2.12.2018

© Jitka Hanzlová/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018; Foto: Laura Ludwig

Museum für Photographie

Braunschweig

Between Continuum

6.10 – 2.12.2018

© Jitka Hanzlová/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018; Foto: Laura Ludwig

press

Jitka Hanzlová, Silences

Silvia Mazzucchelli

Doppiozero

February 10, 2020

Jitka Hanzlova, Representations of Silence and Social Change

Pablo Markin

Signs, Modes, Assemblages

November 22, 2019

Jitka Hanzlová: Silences

Wall Street International Magazine

October 29, 2019

Jitka Hanzlová: atención máxima

Antonio Muñoz Molina

El Pais

July 26, 2012

Jitka Hanzlová

Galleria Raffaella Cortese | Via Stradella 7

Angela Madesani

Artforum

2006

publications

Silences

Edited by Adam Budak

König Books

London

2019

VANITAS

Edited by Barbara Hofmann-Johnson

König Books

London

2018

Cotton Rose

Texts by Ulf Erdmann-Ziegler

Steidl Verlag

Göttingen

2017

HORSE

Text by John Berger

König Books

London

2015

Hier

essay by Terezia Mora

Koenig Books

London

2013

Jitka Hanzlová

Text by Isabel Tejeda, Zdenek Felix, John Berger, Terezia Mora, Jesus Carillo Castillo

TF Editores

Madrid

2012

Forest

essay by John Berger

Steidl Verlag Göttingen

2005

Bewhohner

text by Urs Stahel

Fotomuseum Winterthur

2001

Female

text by Zdenek Felix and Peter Brinkemper

Schirmer

Mosel Verlag München, Deichtorhallen Hamburg

2000

Vielsalm

Sunparks Art Project

1999

Rokytnic

text by Leo-Fritz Gruber

Museum Schloss Hardenberg

1997