Jitka Hanzlova in conversation with Urs Stahel

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On the occasion of Architectures of Life, exhibition now on sow at Galleria Raffaella Cortese by Jitka Hanzlová, we are delighted to present a conversation between Hanzlová and curator Urs Stahel. The talk investigates the artist’s practice, starting with the renewed approach to installing her work, through the exploration of color, of space, of the autobiographical, to construct a deeper understanding of her photography and her way of seeing.

Over the past 30 years, Jitka Hanzlová (Náchod, 1958) has depicted, image after image, portraits of a world in which subjects exist in a non-hierarchical composition: people, nature, animals, and architecture exist in a unity of sense, in all their specificity and contradictions.

EXT. ANGST is an independent film label created by Mara Palena and Jessamine-Bliss Bell. They have a deep interest in making experimental films. They aim to make films that not only exercise their creative and human curiosity but that are relevant to their Individual physical and mental states in the context of their society. They are focused on uncovering the truth of the moment, explored through the actors performance often incorporating elements of Method Acting.

Mara Palena (b. 1988) artist, photographer, designer and filmmaker. Her aesthetic is strongly influenced by her training in the fashion industry, where she worked for the most influential fashion stylists. She works mainly with installations, videos, images often combined in the same body of work. Her films celebrate the collaboration between writers, poets and actors exploring identity in our contemporary society. Combining all her expertise visual arts, fashion and dance her films are planned with specific conceptual aims. Her work has been exhibited in several collective exhibitions, her first solo show was hosted by Twenty14 in 2016. Her work has been selected and exhibited during LA Photomonth 2017 and Lucie Foundation Los Angeles. Recently she had her solo exhibition Oikeiôsis, study of introspection, curated by Twenty14 and patroned by Casa D’aste Pananti at Pananti Atelier in Milan.

Jessamine-Bliss Bell Actor, writer. Jessamine is based between London and Paris. She studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, completing their conservatory program. She has starred in a number of short and feature films including A Study On Behaviour, Sequences Of An Ordinary Day (Blow Up International Film Festival, Indie Visions Film Festival), Salt (NFTS), Backdraft II (Universal Studios), Trick Or Treat (Marbella Film Festival 2019, Evolutionary Films) TV appearances include Pure (Channel 4). Her next releases include Imogen (BFI, produced by Margo Mars and Alma Har’el) which will premiere at AMDOCS 2020 in Palm Springs and  The Way We Were, a documentary fairy tale produced by Flare Film and Wim Wenders. Play readings include The Goodnight Girl and Platform Present’s This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonnergan at the Playground Theatre. Jessamine is the writer for Ext. Angst.


27.04.2021 → 16.05.2021

Jitka Hanzlova
in conversation with Urs Stahel


05.11.2020 → 06.12.2020

Mara Palena
A Study On Behaviour, In Isolation
Film, Mixed Digital Device, BW, Colour, Sound


21.06.2020 → 19.07.2020

Mara Palena
A Study On Behaviour, Sequences Of Performangst
Film, Minidv, Colour, Sound


02.06.2020 → 20-06.2020

Mara Palena
A Study On Behaviour, Sequences Of An Ordinary Day
Film, Minidv, Black and White, Sound


11.05.2020 → 02.06.2020

Bruno Muzzolini
Frost 5
DVD, color, sound


16.04.2020  → 11.05.2020

Demetrio Giacomelli
A Summer in Milan
HD video


23.03.2020 → 31.03.2020

Raffaele Greco
2017 – 2019


18.02.2020 → 22.03.2020

Pauline Batista & Madeleine Stack
Fatal Softness 
HD video and two-channel sound
scored by Herdis Stefansdottir 


21.01.2020 → 15.02.2020

Anna Maria Maiolino
Sotto Voce 


Video, sound
Voice: Anna Maria Maiolino
Edition: Anna Maria Maiolino and Mateus Pires
Courtesy of the Artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano

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