Limited edition of paintings on the nearly extinct Slovak “parta”
“PARTA” (sg) / “PARTY” (pl): A type of a fancy headband, and the symbol of adult, unmarried women [in Slovakian culture]. Brides used to wear them at their wedding ceremonies; it played a major role in in festive and ceremonial hair styling. Being the most important, as well as the most beautiful component of the wedding costume, the parta has always been richly decorated, and differs in style across each region of Slovakia. It varies in shape, size, materials used, ribbons, and accessories.
“Party” used to be a traditional component of Slovakian folk costumes for young, childless women from the 17th till 20th century. Now, it has become a central element of a unique art project that aims to regenerate Slovak treasures that are slowly being forgotten. The project shifts through numerous artistic spectrums, and maps the variety and diversity of almost every extinct “parta” and wreaths from their points of origin in Slovakia. It is important that a piece of cultural heritage be preserved, and symbolically reveal folk traditions to a modern spectator.
The artistic duo LSZ PHOTOGRAPHY in accordance with traditions and ways of ancestors took pictures of only young, single and childless girls. A mean of modern expression is an artistic way of face paintings based on traditional ornaments, and folk costumes to which a specific “parta” belonged. Beautiful Slovak actresses, singers, presenters, models, and businesswomen posed for the photography. The reference to historical photography mingles with the current embodiment of art photography, where models put themselves in the shoes of the brides and express how things used to be in the past. On each piece, you can watch both humbleness and seriousness of the moment which the modern photographers have completed. Painter Sarah I. Avni and ethnologist Katarína Sabová have worn two of the “party” in these limited edition paintings. As both were able fully identify themselves with the project, it was only natural to choose them as models.
Sources for the preparation of compositions were contemporary sources, which described the seriousness of exceptional moments. Photographs are filled with sense of symbolism and respect for Slovak traditions, while delivering a wide range of emotions and artistic representation that is looking at history through the lens of the modern world, close to the current young generation.
Artistically shot photographs are finished by hand-painted ornaments on the face. These photographs are printed on canvas and the painters Sarah I. Avni and Ivana Mintálová outstandingly completed the final version of them. With the use of acrylic paintings, the artist created a background for each photograph that comes from the ethnological reserch – the folk elements of each “parta” from certain villages and regions in Slovakia. The result is a series of an eye-catching paintings that represent abundance and diverse character of Slovak folk heritage. Ideological stratification of the project and attention to every detail show that “Party” in the 21st century project represent a strong artistic and historical legacy.
During almost five years of intense and dedicated work, more than one hundred people got involved in the project. Very important was a team of ethnologists, who oversaw the use of exactness of “party” and festive wreaths. Thanks to their relevant expertise, they were able to contribute to the reconstruction of four no longer existing “party”. From an ethnological point of view, this is the greatest benefit to the Slovak cultural heritage. The uniqueness of the project is equally emphasized by originally composed music that combines original, folk music with elements of the current/modern contemporary genres.
Each piece of art was produced using mixed media: artistic photography with acrylic on canvas. Each one holds a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and come in three sizes: 60 x 90 cm, 80 x 120 cm and 120 x 180 cm.
Each original painting is also comes in an optional special edition packet containing 100 fine art prints – each of archival quality, numbered, certified, and signed by authors. You can choose from one of four sizes: 30 x 40 cm (A3), 40 x 60 cm (A2), 60 x 90 cm (A1), or 80 x 120 cm (A0).