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.

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1945
Born 7 August 1945 Košice, Slovakia
1960–64
School of Applied Arts, Bratislava
1966–71
Academy of Performing Arts, Prague (Prof. Ján Šmok)
1963–65
Photojournalist – Film Studios Koliba, Bratislava
1971
Freelance artist
1972–77
School of Applied Arts, Bratislava, teacher of art photography
1977–91
Freelance artist
1990
Co-founder of GALÉRIA X, Bratislava
1991
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
1994
Film School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, teacher at the Department of Photography
1995
Named the Associate Professor of Photography, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
2002
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
2006
Named the Professor of Creative Art by the President of Slovakia, Bratislava
2007–2011
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
2013
Head of Studio 'Medium of Photography', Academy of Arts, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

So the developer and the negative?
Perhaps only those who wish it fanatically, will return to this classic. The palpable result can be achieved by more modern means… Technology determines our thinking enormously, though people think it is not true. The fact that it is superfluous and compromises our values. Yet, we cannot be shifted downwards because development accelerates! I do not envy young people at all; it must be difficult for them to find their bearings. On the other hand, they have a wonderful opportunity to receive an excellent education if they know precisely what they want to do.
Can you compare your students in Bratislava with those in Prague?
Naturally, there are differences, and in view of globalisation they will become bigger. For example, I have a problem with communication in Slovakia. I explain something to the students, inspire them, make up something just to capture their attention, but I always have a strong feeling that they do not grasp what I am talking about. And suddenly I am surprised by their highly creative works. They grasp all that should be there without asking questions and discussing. On the contrary, in Prague students discuss, and I am enthusiastic and satisfied that they understand everything. And then they suddenly come with the photographs lacking creativity. In principle, they use a slower and more rational approach, and are afraid of taking risks… But they may achieve it in a different way. Although Slovaks are more emotional, deeper and have a hidden power of creativity, they face the danger that unless they also work rationally, they may not develop any further.
So we complement ourselves?
This Czechoslovak fusion would be excellent in art.
How do your famous students Tono Stano or Miro Švolík judge the Czech environment?
They are already Czechs, they would hardly return. But I have never thought of staying there, although I have a small apartment in Prague. I am here with one leg and there with the other. It suits me. I like the feeling that I am welcome and then I simply return home. I have always felt comfortable in Bratislava and have never thought of emigrating.
Do you have critics you like listening to?
The best critics are my children and I am grateful to them.

photographs in interior and photographic design
1978
Restaurant U DEŽMÁRA, Bratislava, arch. Ivan Marko
1980
Snack bar ZELENÝ DOM, Bratislava, arch. Ivan Marko
1982
Restaurant ZLATÁ LIPA, Bratislava, arch. Marián Maľovaný and Mikuláš Breza
1980
Factory NAFTA GBELY, Plavecký Štvrtok, arch. Dieter Antoš
1982
SPA HOUSE, Bojnice, arch. Dieter Antoš
1983
SHOPPING CENTRE, Podunajské Biskupice, arch. Ivan Marko
1984
CULTURAL AND MUSIC CENTRE, Podunajské Biskupice, arch. Ivan Marko
1985
OPTICIAN‘S, Bratislava
1987
TRANSPORT COMPANY Bratislava, arch. Dieter Antoš
1990
CULTURAL CENTRE Martin, arch. Dieter Antoš
1991
CZECH PRESS CENTRE ČTK, Praha
Factory ZTS Martin, arch. Dieter Antoš
1992
STAVEBNÁ SPORITEĽŇA, Bratislava, arch. Ivan Marko a Marta Kropiláková
1993
SLOVHYDRO, Bratislava, arch. Beáta Kozáková
1994
Restaurant MODRÁ GUĽA, Bratislava, arch. Ivan Marko
1996
SCP Bratislava
Architecture studio MARKROP, Bratislava
1998
AGFTRADING, Praha