The Fundación Mapfre is presenting works by Jitka Hanzlová for the first time in Spain. In her work, Jitka seeks the essence of people, nature and objects by emphasizing the relations and tensions that are created among them. She creates direct images, capturing the force of presence and representation. Her most significant works are on display, including three previously unseen series: Horses, Flowers and There is Something I Don’t Know.
The exhibition is comprised of 9 series of 142 pictures, organized chronologically in order to create a vital link between the first and last series and reveal the coherency of the last 20 years of her work.
Born in 1958 in the former Socialist Republic of Czechoslovakia, Hanzlová escaped the communist regime and found refuge in Essen (West Germany) in 1982. Her exile shaped her artistic progression. Between 1987 and 1994, she followed a program in Technology and Communication at the University of Essen, where she specialized in photography. Since then, she has focused her photographic work on her experiences, on the representation of space and on Art History themes. She received the Otto Steinert prize in 1993, The European Photography Award and the Frankfurt DG Bank Grant in 1996, the Grand Prix des Rencontres d’Arles in 2003 and the Prix BMW – Paris Photo in 2007.
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