between inhaling and exhaling /
by Dana Kyndrová

[ client: Czech Center New York︎ ]

[ type: Identity ︎ Environmental Graphics ︎ Promotional Material ︎ Curatorial ]

[ curators: Marie Dvorakova︎ ︎ Mira Pipova ︎ (ich) ]

[ images: from the collection of Dana Kyndrova︎ ]

[ selected press: The Calvert Journal︎︎ ArtTalk︎ ︎ Radio Praha︎ & The Eye of Photography︎ ]
[ year: 2019 ]

The visual language for the exhibit Woman between inhaling and exhaling is coming from its theme “woman in different stages of her life”. From a girl to a young woman, first love, first child, marriage, ... death. Based on to “triple moon symbol” - waxing, full moon to the waning moon, presenting the maiden, the mother, and the crone. From the beginning till the end. Inhaling and exhaling.

I created a typographical representation of this transformation using a different weight of a Helvetica Neue. From extra light to extra black and back.

Czech documentary photographer Dana Kyndrová has been focusing her camera on women for half of a century. The series "Woman between Inhaling and Exhaling" examines the many facets of women´s lives. Shot primarily in former Czechoslovakia and later in the Czech Republic, but also in some Western countries, the photographs show the moment of birth, the tension of school exams, falling in love – daily life, both under communism and after.

The project called Woman between Inhaling and Exhaling includes photographs from the seventies to the nineties and its aim is to capture the life of a woman in its full variety, from birth to death. The photographs are arranged in such a way that the exhibition forms a kind of life story. The whole project is divided into seven parts – adolescence, maternity and family, fun, work, eroticism, faith, and old age. Apart from the objective chronology of life’s pilgrimage of a human being, or more precisely, of a woman, the photographs perceive the principal life values, which accompany and influence us during our entire existence. The theme is more or less general; thus the question is not to portray a particular environment or a characteristics of a certain country. One could say the woman portrayed is a „European“ woman. A substantial part of the photographs was taken in the Czech Republic; some of them originated from Switzerland (in 1993, the author was given a half-year residence grant of Bern canton to explore the theme of woman), France (in 1996, the author obtained a two-month grant of French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the same purpose), as well as from England, Russia, the Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Poland, and Estonia.


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