Jitka Hanslová

Deichtorhallen Hamburg

JITKA HANZLOVÅ was born in what was then Czechoslovakia and emigrated to Germany, where she studied photography. While still a student in Essen, she began to travel regularly to Rokytník, the northern Bohemian village where she grew up, photographing old friends and acquaintances and producing a series that she named after the village, 1990–94. Next, Hanzlová devoted herself to the place where she was now living: a housing project in Essen that was built for working-class families in this industrial area. Hanzlová walked around the place with her camera and photographed her neighbor. These pictures became part of a larger series on urban life, “Bewohner'' (Inhabitants), 1994–96. Hanzlová also frequently stays in Belgium, in a town called Vielsalm, which lends its name to a series from 1999. All three series were on view here, as well as her most recent, ”Female," comprising fifty-three

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