Slovak Renaissance (2012-2014)

When Beauty Comes to Light 

Autor I Photographer: Petra Lajdová

First modern art photography of the beauty and artistry of Slovak traditional costumes, specifically headpieces and the upper parts. Art work presents esthetics and beauty through art photography, finding alink with symbols and cultures all over the world in modern, original and respectful way. 

Slova Renaissance is a celebration of the art of Slovak ancestors. Slovakia is rich in folk traditions, art and costumes. It is ahead of many European states in preserving the bold expressiveness and originality of its folk dress. The Slovak Renaissance project aims to elevate Slovak folk traditions to an art form by allowing this typical, multi-colored visual to emerge from the shadows through the beauty of Slovak women in traditional costumes and headwear. The multi-colored character of these parts of Slovak folk costumes has its origins in Slovakia’s wealth of natural beauty – it’s diverse terrain, mountains, valleys, green lowlands, wide meadows, rolling hills, mountain pools and lakes. In addition, the costumers’ richness emerges from the ethnically, socially and religiously diverse character of the country.  All of this is reflected in their colorful patterns and the richly or simply decorated headpieces. Author sees these decorative patterns as a reflection of respect, honor and humility in the face of nature, and of the beauty of women, their dignity and strength. 

Collection comprises 20 photographs – introductory pieces and 19 types of folk costumes (10 headpieces of married women and 9 of unmarried women), which honor aesthetics, grace and artistic value of Slovak folk art. It represents the wedding ceremony headdresses of the traditional female dress. It focuses on the design and ornaments of these feminine symbols. The project covers all of Slovakia – the western, central and eastern regions of the country. 

The folk costumes are originals from the various regions of Slovakia, and several of them are artistic pieces preserved in the Lúčnica, National Slovak Folk Dance Ensemble, artistic workshop of Šarlota Kišová. Some are 200 years old. Black and white photo documentation of čepčenie, the wedding ritual of taking off the wedding veil and donning the headdress worn by married women shows a complicated arrangement of the head, which is highly demanding for women who still master this art. 

Petra Lajdová offers a modern view of this precious cultural heritage to today’s generations with amazing and very interesting links and metaphor with other world symbols and cultures. She preserves and communicates the heritage of past generations with great respect.

Art work I project implementation period:

2012 - 2014 

Public presentation:

2019 - "ANOTHER EUROPE", SIBIU, Romania, curated by Hamish Park, The Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest in collaboration with EUNIC Romania, the European Commission Representation in Romania and the Municipality of Sibiu, an outdoor exhibition featuring 28 photographs, one from each EU Member-State, which explores the diversity of European Heritage. On view: April 18th - May 16th, 2019

2018 - "The Essential", Rome, Italy, Millepiani, international group exhibition, November 2018

2018 - "ANOTHER EUROPE", London Kings Cross, UK, group exhibition of European Heritage as representing artist for Slovakia, around the Kings Cross area of London, along King’s Boulevard and Pancras Square, curated by Hamish Park, UK, Austrian Cultural Forum London in collaboration with the Representation of the European Commission in the UK and EUNIC (European Union National Institutes of Culture). On view: 10.7. - 9.8.2018

2017 - Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, photography art exhibition "Slovak Renaissance", Slovakia, opening ceremony June 2, 2017. Solo exhibition, visitors had great opportunity to see these large format photographes within great space exhibition in Europe. On view: 2.6. - 3.9.2017

2017 - Miloš A. Bazovský Gallery in Trenčín, "Slovak Renaissance" / ...revealing beauty form the shadows, Slovakia, photography art exhibition, curator: PaedDr. Elena Porubänová, GMAB, Trenčín, on view: 2.2. 2017 - 26.3. 2017

2016 – Paris, France, side event “EURO2016”, La Place de L’Hotel de Ville – Esplanade de la Liberation, “Slovak Renaissance” digital and print presentation, “beauty and art of fashion” portfolio, photographer’s profile (GOOD IDEA SLOVAKIA - country representation), on view: 10.6.-10.7. 2016

5.8. 2014  - the opening ceremony has been held in Piešťany, Kursalon, on view: 5.4.  - 31.8.2018






About the Artist: 

Petra Lajdová (1978) Slovakia, Bratislava. 

Her photography is a blend of portraits, art nudes and various artistic as well as commercial projects. She aims to see new way of communicating concepts, with new perspective -renewing forgotten through the art of traditions, with beauty and harmony. She is an author and photographer of her last photography work of art, “Slovak Renaissance”. It represents modern art photography display of Slovak Folk Art and cultural heritage in Slovakia, that achieved respectful credibility, broad public and media recognition and success.


Petra Lajdová was born in Bratislava in 1978. Photography became a part of her life and professional development during her stay in Prague (1999-2004). She won an award in the Czech Republic in 2006 for her creative portrait entitled “Sebeláska” (Self-love). She then began to photograph portraits of artists and nudes. She perfected her craft at internships and during stays in France (2007 - 2010). From 2008 to 2010 she had solo exhibitions and group exhibitions within the framework of significant artistic events in Piešťany and Bratislava. In summer 2008 her photos accompanied “Viva Musica!” music festival of classic in Bratislava´s old center. In summer 2009 she exhibited her works "Passionately with feeling" (2004-2008) in the old cultural town of Piešťany. In November 2009 Petra exhibited her creative concept accomplished for the Notabene charity organization promotion in accordance of its 8th anniversary. She carried out the original concept called “We help them to take off” and she received first respectful media recognition. This creative photography concept reflects the enjoyment of former homeless people who had been able to change their lives and to become respectful personalities. In September 2010, she exhibited her portraits named “Are we different or not” on the New Bridge over the river Danube of the Capital in Slovakia. In August 2014, she presented renaissance of the art and esthetics of Slovak traditional folk costumes named “Slovak Renaissance”, to celebrate the art of Slovak ancestors and showing respect and appreciation for Slovak folk art and traditions. In 2015 she presented her work in Monaco (Grimaldi Forum) and in 2016 in Paris at EURO2016 (country representation). In February 2017, she exhibited at Miloš Alexander Bazovský fine art gallery in Trenčín in Slovakia and achieved over 4200 recording visitors during its presentation (record turnout of the gallery). Slovak Renaissance art work showed great solo exhibition display at prestigious Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Slovakia in summer 2017 (2.6.-3.9.2017).

Petra Lajdová is available for gallery display, various art exhibitons, art fairs and rents. Her photography is available for sale as limited and unlimited edition of the original art prints. She works in Bratislava and abroad. 

Exhibits 

2018 - "The Essential", Rome, Italy, Millepiani, curated by Loosenart, international group exhibition, November 2018

2018 - "ANOTHER EUROPE", London Kings Cross, UK, group exhibition of European Heritage as representing artist for Slovakia, around the Kings Cross area of London, along King’s Boulevard and Pancras Square, curated by Hamish Park, UK, Austrian Cultural Forum London in collaboration with the Representation of the European Commission in the UK and EUNIC (European Union National Institutes of Culture), July 2018

2017 - Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum,photography art exhibition "Slovak Renaissance" ...when beauty comes to light, Slovakia, opening ceremony June 2. The exhibition will run until September 3, 2017.

2017 -  Miloš Alexander Bazovský Gallery in Trenčín, "Slovak Renaissance" ...revealing beauty form the shadows, Slovakia, photography art exhibition, curator: Elena Porubänová, GMAB, Trenčín (2.2. 2017 - 26.3. 2017), Slovakia

2016 –  “EURO2016” Paris, La Place de L’Hotel de Ville – Esplanade de la Liberation, “Slovak Renaissance” digital and print presentation, “beauty and art of fashion” portfolio, photographer’s profile (GOOD IDEA SLOVAKIA - country representation), France

2015 - Monaco, Grimaldi Forum, Avenue Princesse Grace, photography work presentation


2014 – “SLOVAK RENAISSANCE” – Revealing Beauty from the Shadows, beauty and estetics of Slovak folk art, art exhibition with international impact showing wedding ceremony headpieces of the traditional female dress focus on the design and ornaments of traditional feminine symbols, modern art work shows respect and appreciation for tradition and Slovak ancestors values, Piešťany – city of culture, Kursalon, Slovakia

2010 – co-author of photo exhibition entitled “Sme či nie sme iní” (Are we different or not?) on the SNP Bridge over the Danube, under the auspices of the nonprofit organization Proti Prúdu o.z., Slovakia

2009 – “Pomáhame odraziť sa” (Helping them bounce back), a nontraditional concept exhibition presenting activities by the nonprofit organization devoted to homeless people, Notabene. Exhibit presented at the main railway stations in Slovakia

2009 – “Vášnivo a s citom” (Passionately and with feeling), Piešťany, city of culture – a modest collection, Slovakia

2008 – Carlton Hotel, Bratislava, private collection, Slovakia

2008 – the Viva Musica festival, a “rebelliously” communicated classical music event held in the courtyard of the Old City Hall in Bratislava, Slovakia 


Slovak Renaissance - Slovak traditional art and esthetics by Petra Lajdova

Modern art photography of the beauty and artistry of Slovak folk costumes-headpieces and the upper parts. Slovak Folk Art. Limited edition art prints for sale. Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta 315 gsm
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