Jana Ilkova - Darina with Fox II, 2008 (detail)

Jana Ilkova

Slovak Republic 1978

Photography

www.janailkova.com

Jana Ilkova
Jana Ilkova
Female
Slovak Republic
1978
January 17, 2016

Jana Ilkova is a Slovakian photographer, known for her simple and intimate black-and-white portraits. Main subject of Jana Ilkova’s photography is human body and expression, captured in fragments and gestures, which she manages to transfer with delicate emotion.

Black and white portraits

Left Jana Ilkova - Untitled (Body), 2006, Right Jana Ilkova - Suspicion (Denisa), 2006
Left: Jana Ilkova – Untitled (Body), 2006 / Right: Jana Ilkova – Suspicion (Denisa), 2006

Ilkova was born in 1978 in Topolcany, a small town in the Nitra Region of Slovakia. She got her degree in 2004, graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design – VSVU in Bratislava. Later she got a PhD in Art at the same Academy.

Photography by Jana Ilkova

Left Jana Ilkova - Darina with Fox II, 2008, Right Jana Ilkova - Untitled #1
Left: Jana Ilkova – Darina with Fox II, 2008 / Right: Jana Ilkova – Untitled #1
Left Jana Ilkova - Untitled #2, Right Jana Ilkova - Untitled #3
Left: Jana Ilkova – Untitled #2 / Right: Jana Ilkova – Untitled #3

Her portraits emit harmonious atmosphere, achieved with the clever use of light and shadows. Using analog photography process, Jana captures human body in a ray of grey shades and natural lighting, and develops her images by hand.

Left Jana Ilkova - Untitled #4, Right Jana Ilkova - Untitled #5
Left: Jana Ilkova – Untitled #4 / Right: Jana Ilkova – Untitled #5

Jana’s images were featured in several collective and solo exhibitions across Europe, in Slovakia, Austria, Germany, France and Poland. Her art was also included in the Prague Biennale. Her first solo exhibition, titled Body, was held in 1997 in the Gallery on the Square, Topolcany, Slovakia.

She is represented by Galerie Fluegel-Roncak, located in Nuremberg, Germany.

Jana Ilkova lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Featured image – Darina with Fox II, 2008 (detail)
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2008For salePhotoportgallery, Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2008New Slovak PhotographyVAM Design Center, Budapest, HungaryGroup
2008Allons enfantsL´ambassade de Slovaquie en France - L´institut Slovaque de Paris, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Exhibition of current Slovak ArtDesign Factory, Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2008VIENNAFAIR 08Photoportgallery, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2008Faces (Tváre)Photoportgallery, Bratislava, SlovakiaSolo
200850 words IIPhotoport, MHD in Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2007For SalePhotoportGallery, Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
200750 wordsPhotoport, MHD in Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2007Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk07Ouvrez La Porte Designer shop, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2006The Look - Point of ConcentrationMonth of Photography, Slovak Cultural Institute in Vienna, AustriaSolo
2006Identity and relationshipsMonth of Photography, House of Art, Bratislava, SlovakiaSolo
2006Intimacy of SightGallery Café, Bratislava, Slovakia Solo
200640 wordsPhotoport, MHD in Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2005Boundless BeautyMonth of Photography, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2005Private WomanFotofestival Lodz, PolandGroup
2004Unlimited BeautySt. Petri Church, Dortmund, GermanyGroup
2003PortraitGallery on the Square, Topolcany, SlovakiaSolo
2003Private WomanMonth of Photography, House of Art, Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2003Portrait in Slovak PhotographyMonth of Photography, Michalsky dvor Gallery, Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2003Portrait in Slovak PhotographyMonth of Photography, Slovak Cultural Institute in Prague, Czech Republic Group
2002Archetype, myth, utopiaClub Baroko, Nové Zámky, SlovakiaSolo
2002Artistic MobilityUniversity of Marc Block, Strasbourg, FranceGroup
2001Argentiniqe Numerique SlovaquieGreat Hall of Palace University, Strasbourg, FranceGroup
2000Fotoimage2000Loffler's Museum, Kosice, SlovakiaGroup
2000Fotoimage2000Medium Gallery at hotel Danube, Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
1997BodyGallery on the Square, Topolcany, Slovakia Solo