Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Coolture Column

"I just took some pictures while on several trips to Nepal, China, Croatia and Kenya. When I got home, I developed the film. It wasn't until then that I realized I was a photographer," Swanee Hunt, the U.S. Ambassador to Austria, said as she opened her first photo exhibit in Bratislava. Hunt, a businesswoman and philanthropist who holds masters degrees in psychology and religion and a doctorate in theology, has brought with her a deeply moving photo essay on the common innards of mankind the world over.

The Hunt is On



"I just took some pictures while on several trips to Nepal, China, Croatia and Kenya. When I got home, I developed the film. It wasn't until then that I realized I was a photographer," Swanee Hunt, the U.S. Ambassador to Austria, said as she opened her first photo exhibit in Bratislava.

Hunt, a businesswoman and philanthropist who holds masters degrees in psychology and religion and a doctorate in theology, has brought with her a deeply moving photo essay on the common innards of mankind the world over. Most of her work is of people, usually in poverty-stricken third-world countries, whose faces are deeply saddened by work, war and sorrow. The show, which has toured all over Austria but never been outside until now, showcases other portraits equally somber, but certainly not depressing.

"As the American Ambassador to Austria I am very busy, so photography is really only one-tenth of one percent of my life. But if I think about my life without it, everything would be gray," she said enthusiasticly in a recent interview. "I try to enlighten the world about multi-culturalism through my pictures. Through innoncence, bonding, vitality, wisdom, hardship and solitude; to put the entire world into perspective. I have no words now, only pictures."

Ambassador Swanee Hunt's photo exhibition "Witness" ("Svedok" in Slovak) opened on October 12 and will continue to run until November 3 at the Galéria fotografie PROFIL located at Prespoštká 4 in Bratislava. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm. The show is scheduled to go on the road next month to Budapest, Bregenz and Linz.

At the Bratislava Castle, there are several new exhibitions and displays during the month of November in the Historické múzeum including some awesome historical furniture. Some of the exhibitions are free, but some cost up to 40 Sk. They are open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

Slovkoncert will sponsor the Komarno Women's Trio on Sunday, October 29. Their melodic acoustics will fill the Mirbachov Palace on Bratislava's Františkánské námestie promptly at 10:30 am. Sundays are "lazy-days", I know, but get out to see this one.

Bratislava's Gremium Café will host a jazz festival during the evenings of November 3, 6 and 8. Musicians rom Slovakia, Austria, the U.S. and the Czech Republic will perform each of those evenings, beginning at 8 pm at Gremium on Gorkého ulica. For more information, call 321-818.

Top stories

EU roaming fees to end on June 15 – in theory

Slovak customers still waiting to find out how mobile operators will implement change.

Archaeologist pieces together early history of what is now western Slovakia Photo

For an archaeologist, the most important thing is his most recent rare discovery, says Július Vavák.

Students visited Svätý Jur as part of their European Wanderer project

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

General Prosecutor filed a motion for the dissolution of ĽSNS

The Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.

Jaromír Čižnár