Raffaella Cortese is pleased to present the first ltalian show of the Czech artist Jitka Hanzlova.
The series Rokytnik depicts the people, interiors and landscapes of the artists childhood village in Czech Republic, left when she emigrated to Germany. These small-size images are a homeward journey and an intimate documentation of a life remembered, after years of exile.
The series was recently exhibited at the Photographers Gallery in London, where it was shortlisted for the famous Citybank Private Bank Photography Prize. In the main room of the gallery a new photographic project is shown, titled Female: this series of forty-five images is a portrait of different female identities, changed by generations and conditions.
After going to her childhood feelings, the determined eye of the artist focuses now on representing todays reality in a straight and clear way. These photographs in fact visualize womens contradictions and expectations. Born in 1958 in Nachod, Czech Republic, Hanzlova lives and works in Essen, Germany.
Nominated for the Citybank Private Bank Photography Prize for her contribution to the group show Near and Elsewhere at the Photographers Gallery, in London, she has also exhibited at Lawrence Rubin-Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, in New York (Another Giri, Another Planet) and in Rotterdam (Manifesta l).
Her works have been exhibited in Germany and Spain with the traveling solo show DG Bank Collection Frankfurt and in Frankfurt at the Kunstverein.
Jitka Hanzlovas main photographic series are published in the following artists books: Rokytnik, bewohner, Vie/sa/m and the forthcoming Female.