Jitka Hanzlova

The Essen based artist Jitka Hanzlová (1958) shows photos from the series 'Rokytnik' (the Hunt) and 'Bewohner' (Inhabitants). After the Velvet Revolution Hanzlová returned to the Chech Republic after many years of exile in Germany. The  portraits and landscapes document her rediscovery of suspended childhood memories. For the 'Bewohner' series she made portraits of cities throughout Europe. Her painterly compositions and vivid colours have a melancholic and symbolic effect. Jitka Hanzlová shows us the silence and purity of life.

'Little by little I once again became conscious of the old pathways, signs, sounds, and smells. Slowly I felt my way back to long suspended memories of my childhood and I was at once terrified and fascinated'.