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

You were the first photographer in our territory to apply your large-size works to modern architecture projects. What is the chance for contemporary artists to participate directly in the construction of buildings?
The change occurred in Slovakia in the respect that it is the investor who decides and so artists cannot receive commissions. During socialism, there was the so-called Regulation 5 according to which special funds were allocated for artistic completion of buildings. It is another thing how it turned out in most cases. Indeed, a lot of unimpressive work has been created. But this principle is currently applied in Western countries to enable the artists to express something and improve the quality of architecture with their own art. At the moment we have no chances. Construction of buildings is ordered by companies and the architect usually cannot say too much because he is glad that his own plan can be fulfilled. Then investors only purchase some works of art or imitate something. I believe that one day it will also happen here. At the moment we have a lot of good artists who have nothing to do.
What do you say to the fact that the national design centre is going to be abolished?
I am astonished and disappointed. Today, design is one of the most important fields. All objects that surround us create our mental health. Therefore I say again that every young person has to come to terms with their impact. I cannot imagine who came up with this idea. It is difficult. Just like our decline in reading books. We have always had excellent book illustrations and they entirely disappear. On the one hand, I do not want to admit bad things and say to myself that life continues, but there are matters which make no sense whatsoever. Perhaps it is like this: although we can see a super car, it is driven by the Neanderthal man.
How do you explain then that contemporary people always have the feeling that they have to say something urgently and express it quickly, for instance by a photographic message on the mobile phone?
Somehow, they feel lonely in the wealth of information. Suddenly a lot of dogs appear – people need to communicate with someone and are unable to communicate with each other. I often say to myself when I travel by tram: “For heaven’s sake so many people, but where is the kindred spirit? I do not doubt that many people contemplate it. We speak about it, but we cannot do anything about it. We have learnt to live in lies. We tend to believe in certain things which are not valid. We have ceased to perceive emotions.

Nové Zámky (Slovakia), GALÉRIA UMENIA, Noteboom- Milota
Levice (Slovakia), MÚZEUM MESTA, Milota Havránková
Prague (Czech Republic), ARTINBOX GALERIE FOTOGRAFIE, Milota 66
London (UK), SAATCHI GALLERY, inBOND performing gallery
Krakow (Poland), PALAC SZTUKY, W strone obrazu Milota Havánková
Prague (Czech Republic), Gallery FOTORAfiC, Next page
Bratislava (Slovakia), Gallery SVU-UMELKA, Selected Works 1964-2014