Institute of Creative Photography at Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
About Hana Jakrlova
I am Czech photographer and film maker living in New York and Prague. My work addresses issues of identity, belonging, intimacy and freedom. In my book In the Meantime: Europe I chronicled a personal photographic journey across Europe after the fall of communism. The following book Big Sister documented the extraordinary ways in which the Internet has transformed our world and how it effects our sense of intimacy and privacy. My various documentary projects over the last 15 years explore life in countries transitioning from totalitarianism to democracy. In projects from Russia, Serbia, Albania, Georgia, Burma and Cuba, I photographed lives of people in oppressive regimes. In my recent photography and film documentary projects in Cuba, I wanted to capture life in the country stuck between the past and the presence and the struggle of people for freedom. In the Cuban Disneyland series I photographed an old government theme park, while the most recent project Musica o Muerte! captured the phenomenon of liberation through music and personal sacrifice.
My work has been exhibited and published internationally and my photography projects won awards at various photography competitions.