Aleksandra Vajd, born 1971 in Maribor, Slovenia. Hynek Alt, born 1976 in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. They both hold BA and MA in Photography from FAMU in Prague. Aleksandra holds as well a degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Ljubljana from 1997. From 2004 to 2006 they were both recipients of the Fulbright Scholarship to study photography at SUNY, New Paltz, NY, where Hynek graduated the MFA program in 2006. Their work has appeared in numerous exhibitions in Europe (Futura and Josef Sudek Atelier in Prague, Modern Gallery, City Museum and City Gallery in Ljubljana) and the United States (Bard College and Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, the Czech Center in NYC, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College). They have received numerous grants and awards, among them the 2005 First Prize of the Frame005 Award, Brno, Czech Republic, in 2006 nomination for the Deutsche Börse Photographic Award, London, Great Britain, and were Finalists for the 2006 OHO Group Award, Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2007 they received honorable mention at the Aperture, New York, USA. Since 2008 they are head of studio of photography at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.
Aleksandra Vajd documents former border-control areas throughout the EU — architecturally cold and grim places, designed to exert control over people until the fall of the Schengen borders in 2007.