Milota Havránková.

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Milota Havránková.

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milota is considered to be an exceptional phenomenon in Slovak and Czech photography. She experiments, breaks traditions, transforms and modernises her personal style. She exploits new technologies and possibilities, transcending photography into architecture, painting and fashion design. She has taught young people for over thirty years, and shaped the “Slovak new wave”, the generation of successful photographers who fundamentally influence the Czech photographic scene. Her creative approach significantly influenced the Slovak art scene, the younger generation in particular.


Born 7 August 1945 Košice, Slovakia
School of Applied Arts, Bratislava
Academy of Performing Arts, Prague (Prof. Ján Šmok)
Photojournalist – Film Studios Koliba, Bratislava
Freelance artist
School of Applied Arts, Bratislava, teacher of art photography
Freelance artist
Co-founder of GALÉRIA X, Bratislava
Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, co-founder of the Department of Art Photography, Head of the Studio of Art Photography, member of the Academic Senate
Film School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, teacher at the Department of Photography
Named the Associate Professor of Photography, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
Head of the Department of Photography and New Media, Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, member of the Academic Senate of the Academy of Fine Arts
Named the Professor of Creative Art by the President of Slovakia, Bratislava
Director and curator of PF 01 Gallery of the Student Loan Fund, Bratislava
2012 - 2013
Professor at the Department of Photography, Film Academy of Perfoming Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
Head of Studio 'Medium of Photography', Academy of Arts, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

After all, you talk about artistic creation.
No, but they manage to cool me down quickly by an inconspicuous comment or feeling. Criticism is good and I appreciate if someone tells me openly what he/she thinks. Therefore I like straightforward students because they really tell you what they want to say.
Do you criticise students?
I am careful about it. Some young people are extremely sensitive, and too much criticism can divert them from their own self-expression entirely. My daughter tells me that sometimes I can be really horrible and say something that is painful, so I have to be careful. Students take their professors seriously and I would not like to influence them so that they will do the things in the way I do. For instance, I do not tell them at all what I do. Later on they are surprised.
We are sitting in a café with the reproductions of famous photographs in nice frames but people do not pay any attention to them. Can we affect our perception of the image to view something attentively?
Therefore it is important for the contemporary generation to come to terms with the objective world emotionally. It is the biggest problem for this generation. People have to come to terms with it without rejecting it. Some artists lament as to how to solve this problem. But my philosophy is not based on removing and rejecting that which surrounds us. We do not have to rebel, but have to take a detached view, and then we will be able to see everything with different eyes. It is about the view of life. We do not need so much to live. We should reach such standards that we have everything, yet nothing. The people who are able to live on the minimum turn out to be better off.
What does it mean to turn out to be better off?
They will have the greatest ability to improvise and create to achieve it. When the students from the West, where the wave of satisfaction has passed, come to our school, it is apparent that they perceive everything differently. They have no sense of improvisation which is absolutely necessary for life. It is as if they lacked something compared with us, and yet they have everything and can talk in a sophisticated way about everything. I really don’t think that everything in the West is excellent. We were in a state of euphoria when the borders opened; I sent my children abroad. When they returned a year later, my daughter told me: “My goodness, mum, all that mess is coming!” They quickly oriented themselves.

film and video
FULL TIME – projection onto a sphere, music by TAGORE, text by Milota Havránková
promotional video for OMNIA, consumer goods fair Brno (Czech Republic)
LIGHT AND DESIGN, hotel Danube, Bratislava (Slovakia)
MOVEMENTS 95, multimedia projection in the House MÁNES, Prague (Czech Republic)
MILOTA, computer animation at MONTH OF PHOTOGTAPHY, hotel Danube, Bratislava (Slovakia)
photographs in publications
Photographs are included in the publications of Matica slovenská, ODEON, SLOVART, MLADÉ LETÁ, TATRAN and other publishing houses.
graphic design, commercial art photography, exhibition design
She has created large-size photographs, catalogues, posters, invitation cards, postcards, and calendars for institutions and business companies.

Member of ZONTA international organisation of women
Member of the Scientific Council and the Arts Council of the Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava

She has participated in many workshops as a lector and exhibiting artist, organised exhibitions, contributed to domestic and foreign magazines.

The artist lives and works in bratislava