Petra Lajdová (1978) Slovakia, Bratislava.
I am seeking to renew interest in traditional art, offering a modern view of precious cultural heritage to today’s generations.. I aim to see new way of communicating concepts, renewing forgotten and linking it with symbols and cultures all over the world where I see no borders and limits for mutual understanding and inspiration. Simplicity is crucial. I honor aesthetics and harmoniously combine the objects, light, the models in a unity.
Photography became a part of my life and professional development during my stay in Prague (1999-2004). I won an award in the Czech Republic in 2006 for my creative portrait entitled “Sebeláska” (Self-love). I then began to photograph portraits of artists and nudes. I perfected my craft at internships and during stays in France (2007 - 2010).
From 2008 to 2010 I had solo exhibitions and group exhibitions within the framework of significant artistic events in Piešťany and Bratislava. In summer 2008 my photos accompanied “Viva Musica!” music festival of a classic in Bratislava´s old center. In summer 2009 I exhibited works "Passionately with feeling" (2004-2008) in the old cultural town of Piešťany. In November 2009, I exhibited my creative concept accomplished for the Notabene charity organization promotion in accordance with its 8th anniversary. I carried out the original concept called “We help them to take off” and received first respectful media recognition. In September 2010, I exhibited portraits named “Are we different or not” on the New Bridge over the river Danube of the Capital in Slovakia.
In August 2014, I presented renaissance of the art and aesthetics of Slovak traditional folk costumes named “Slovak Renaissance”, the first modern art photographic display of Slovak Folk Art and cultural heritage in Slovakia. In 2016 my work was presented in Paris at EURO2016 (country representation). In February 2017, I had solo exhibition at Miloš Alexander Bazovský fine art gallery in Trenčín in Slovakia and achieved over 4200 recording visitors (record turnout of the gallery).
Slovak Renaissance artwork showed great solo exhibition display at prestigious Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Slovakia in summer 2017 (2.6.-3.9.2017). Visitors had a great opportunity to see these large-format photographs within great exhibition space in Europe.
In 2018, I exhibited in London, as part of the “Another Europe” group exhibition to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage and in the autumn 2018 in Rome at the international group exhibition entitled “The Essential.” In spring 2019, I exhibited in the cultural capital of Romania, Sibiu, as part of the second edition of “Another Europe” exhibition, held by Austrian Cultural Forum in Romania.
* In summer 2008 her photos accompanied “Viva Musica!” music festival of classic in Bratislava´s old center