ALTHOUGH numerous photography exhibitions were presented in November as part of Bratislava’s annual Month of Photography festival, some will continue until 2013. The Slovak National Museum (SNM) still houses six photographic exhibitions in its several branches across the capital.
Inspired by Nature (Inšpirované prírodou) is the aptly titled collection of photos by photographer, filmmaker and environmentalist Tomáš Hulík. It can be seen until January 30 at the Natural History Museum. The more socially oriented This is Slovakia (Také je Slovensko), featuring work culled from various photographers, offers a view of how the country has changed over the last 20 years. This exhibition will be on display at Bratislava Castle until Christmas.
Two exhibitions focus on minorities. Hungarian photographer Tamas Schild portrays Roma in his My Beautiful Gypsies (Moji krásni Cigáni) collection, which is showing until January 27 at the Museum of Hungarian Culture. He chose the words of Hungarian poet Sándor Weores to underscore the message behind the exhibition: “Do not look at what they don’t have; instead look at what they do have - as even the most pitiful has treasures of the soul you don’t own”.
Slovak photographers Jozef Ondzik and Tomáš Leňo called their exhibition simply Ruthenians (Rusíni), the SNM wrote in a press release. Also installed at Bratislava Castle, it captures Ruthenian life in remote parts of Slovakia, highlighting the social changes and the contrast between traditional and modern lifestyles that emerged after 1989. The exhibition will also remain until the end of January 2013.
The FotoFórum 2012 exhibition at the Museum of Croatian Culture in Devínska Nová Ves presents the work of amateur photographers registered with the Istra centrum web portal. The exhibition ends on January 31. Photos by former Slovak president Rudolf Schuster, who loves to travel – and also to take pictures – are presented at his A Day at the South Pole (Deň na Južnom póle) exhibition, which can also be seen at Bratislava Castle until the end of January.
More information about the venues and opening hours (some may be closed for Christmas) can be found at www.snm.sk, also in English.