„In my opinion all of Jitka Hanzlová's series are portraits. Experienced and analysed from that viewpoint, all those looks and expressions, shot in vertical format in distant parts of the world, have a bearing on the relationship of the individual with the context in which that person lives.“ Isabel Tejeda Martin
After fleeing her native home of Czechoslovakia in 1982, Hanzlová has created an oeuvre that engages with notions of belonging and alienation, utilizing surprisingly varied subject matter.
Hanzlová’s work has been exhibited in numerous major institutions including the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; National Gallery, Edinburgh; Mapfre Foundation, Madrid; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Barbican Centre, London; The Photographer’s Gallery, London; and Seattle Art Museum. Her work is held in the permanent collections of several major museums, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum Folkwang, Essen; and the Fotomuseum Winterthur, among many others.