Location:Ostravia, Czech Republic
In 1998 she and Petr Hrubes left for Koln, Germany. There she made a black-and-white series of portraits series of people close to her. She got her bachelor degree in this year too. In 1999 she started working on her most succesful project "The Self-portraits". She portraited herself as a double of women whom she accompanied int he pictures. All the photos were taken in the women's real environment. She worked on it not only in her home country but also in Italy and Germany. She was awarded Kodak Nachwuchs Forderpreis for this series of pictures. Then she continued in her studies for master degree at ITF, the University of Opava. Since 2000 she has been living in Ostrava. She teaches at the Secondary school of Arts. In 2001 she finished the series and the photos were displayed t independent exhibitions, for example in the Altonaer Museum in 2002. The curator of the exhibition was Denis Brudna, an editor-in-chief of the Portfolio magazine. The magazine also published Dita's portfolio and later the series was published in german magazines Emma, GEO Wissen and a number of Czech magazines (Reflex, Blok, Instinkt, Dolce Vita etc.). Then it was exhibited in the Velryba gallery, Prague (the curator was Professor Vladimir Birgus, the head of ITF), on Photokina 2002 in Kodak Visual Gallery, Koln.
In 2003 she got a master degree for a series of pictures connected with "the Self-portraits". In this case she took pictures of herself and men, as their partner or wife. These pictures were made in exterior with the use of artificial light. Again the main purpose was again to capture the tie of the photgraphed people with their reality, their environment. This project has not been finished yet and in the course of time Dita adds new works to it. In 2003 she had an exhibition on the Prague Bienale 1 in National Gallery, Prague, then on the "Month of photography" in Bratislava. Thanks to the financial grant from the Ministry of Culture she could let 30 pictures from "The Self-portraits" series enlarge to 1x1 meter there. In the same year she gave birth to a daughter Ida.">
Czech photographer Dita Pepe uses self-portrait photography to explore ideas of how personal identity can seem to change dramatically in relationship to the other people in our lives, and the surrounding circumstances.