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ZUZANA SÉNÁŠIOVÁ A ĽUBOMÍR SABO 

Internationally awarded photographers Zuzana Sénášiová and Ľubomír Sabo, who photograph under the brand of LSZ Photography, bring two independent insights on the unique artistic harmony in their work. The basis for all photographs are original ideas, which result in an unusual and engaging adaptation. For their work it is characteristic to capture and emphasize the beauty and nature of Slovak women. The cooperation of male and female photographers, brings dynamics, creativity and a perfect combination that can be seen on the pictures. Winning the first place at a prestigious competition TREND ASIA AWARDS 2014 in China in the category of Asian Top Trend Photographer only spotlights their quality. They also photographed dozens of coverages and editorials in domestic and foreign magazines and became the official photographers of Miss Slovakia 2016.

The depth of the idea that loudly breaths through an artistic expressions, is presented in their latest project “Party” in the 21st Century. With the help of ethnologists and other artists, this idea was being created for nearly three years. Almost extinct cultural “jewels” of Slovakia brings a modern look especially to the younger generation. The study of historical sources, selection of festive “party”and wreaths, photo compositions and authentic folk ornaments, represent an important part of the painting along with face paintings on canvas. It embodies the project’s return to folk traditions and values, with artistic execution which purposely appeals to the current generation.

How did the idea of the project arise?

We started with a clear idea to connect the Folk heritage  with an artistic processing that will appeal to the audience, which mostly consists of younger generation. It should also engage professional public and with its uniqueness we want to introduce the Slovak cultural heritage to people at home and abroad and also to Slovak people living around the world.

In cooperation with ethnologist Katarína Chabrečeková, which has become a guarantor of the project, and significantly participated in creating the whole idea of this project, we have made a selection of traditional “party” and wreaths from all over Slovakia, and also  plunged deeper into the history of folk clothing. We searched for ornaments and symbolism of folk traditions to photograph every detail, and fulfill the intentions of the project. We have selected a team of young artists, professionals in their artistic field, who contributed to the resulting limited collection of photo-paintings with their professional approach. We ourselves have been more and more fascinated by the variety and richness of our cultural heritage during working on this project.

Our goal was to create a project that truly captures the history, but also has a modern twist to it. It was important to also catch the attention of young people and encourage them to be more pride of where they come from. We kept the tradition that “party” could be only worn by childless, single girls, therefore our models embodied these attributes. Ornaments on the faces of models and paintings on canvas are represented by folk motives, that originally come from the regions from where the “party” originated. The styling and photograph composition reflects historical footage. The models put themselves in the role’s of future brides and in the severity of the festive moments that were expressed in their faces. Parts of folk clothes that appear in the photos, come from the same villages as the “party”. Due to this fact, our project is exceptional, and we are proud that we could penetrate into the Slovak history and highlight the charm and richness of our folklore.

KATARÍNA CHABREČEKOVÁ

Ethnologist, a guarantor of the project. She was also the first person who initiated the idea to raise awareness about the nearly forgotten head accessories of Slovak past and to present its unique beauty and rarity. She collaborated with other professionals and public in order to obtain information that is used in the project. She still continues to deepen her knowledge about traditional „party“ which she wants to publish it later.

Why I initiated the idea to revive our cultural heritage?

“My core idea was to show the real condition of „party“ since the 20th century to the present. And through this project the long forgotten and lost fragments of our Slovak  were able to combine with modern culture and vision of our artists who participated. The result will represent Slovakia not only at home but also in the world and it will  hopefully encourage people in tracing history of their region. I am proud that we are the country where: ” with every crossed hill, a different folk costume you shall find.”

SARAH I. AVNI

Sarah is a renowned Slovak artist whose works are easily recognizable thanks to a specific structure creating impasto effect, precious metals, gilding techniques and mixed pigments. These allow her to play more effectively with light and shadows. She is inspired more by the eastern philosophy and its approach than by western painting. In 2015, she was ranked by an international cultural portal theculturetrip.com among 10 Slovak artists you should  know. She is also the author of the world’s best sport-themed stamp from 2011 awarded by the Stamp News.

In her work she processes ideas of freedom, light, floral patterns and ornaments into a creation of the main theme – a rose, which is a symbol of a woman in many cultures. Currently, she is more interested in abstract artwork. The artist presented her illustrations in galleries throughout Europe and some of her pieces can be found in the collections of art collectors from Russia, Switzerland, Great Britain, China or USA.

Why do I take part in this art project?

“Creating this limited “parta” edition is an amazing experience based on a collaboration of different artists working with different media types. Every one of them applied the best of his know-how, giving each picture a new perspective and dimensions. I drew from the traditions and patterns of the specific Slovak regions. Respecting their roots, I tried to go a little bit further and make them appealing to the people of today, to create timeless patterns. My methods were inspired by William Morris – a famous English artist – an author of patterns and a textile designer of the 19th century – whose patterns are still used today. Slovak folklore can, too, be a source of inspiration and beauty even in the 21st century.”

IVANA MINTÁLOVÁ

A new member of the “Party” in the 21st Century team – painter Ivana Mintálová has taken on the task of artistically completing a new series of paintings depicting girls in headbands of foreign Slovaks from the Serbian Vojvodina.

Her decorative manuscript and talent is recognizable in the design of Slovak symbols in the Baroque or Renaissance style – different from the previous paintings.

The series of 6 paintings, created by a unique technique and painting of ornaments in a completely new vision, is dominated mainly by the colors of precious metals and relief technique.

PATRIK RAGO 

A representative of the younger generation of ethnologists, who literally breathes for the Slovak history, traditions and folk costumes since his childhood. He is a passionate collector of folk costumes, some of which were created by him.

He paints ribbons and ornaments on the costumes, produces embroidery and is interested in old techniques of making accessories. Mr. Rago then his experiences translates into face paintings and exclusively for this project he reconstructed the „parta“ from Veľký Lom.

The idea of the project approached him?
“I think it is a great idea of how the traditional culture is brought closer to people who are not familiar with it in this unusual way. I myself learned a lot and got inspired, so it has been a real pleasure for me to work on this project which brought me enormous motivation.”

ANDREA ĽUBOCKÁ 

Popular makeup artist is participating in the project with her unique face paintings . Thanks to its creativity, talent, energy and modern artistic vision she interprets the traditions and folklore in an exclusive way which makes it attractive for the young generation.

What was her artistic contribution to the project?

“The authors of the project came with a possibility of something completely new and different where I can fully express my creativity. Each face painting was individual and required a very specific approach, which was extremely motivating. By combining elements of folklore with other Slovak ornaments, original face paintings were born, which showed the richness and diversity of our regions and villages in Slovakia.”

About project

Limited edition of paintings is an unique joint project of photographers Ľubomír Sabo and Zuzana Sénášiová and ethnologist Katarína Chabrečeková who have joined two artistic painters Sarah Avni and Ivana Mintálová and facepainters Andrea Ľubocká and Patrik Raga to join the team of Party in  the 21st Century. Its aim is to revive and promote the traditional culture and customs of Slovakia and present them to the today’s generation in a modern art-way. The uniqueness of these original paintings is rare combination of art-photography, facepainting and artistic painting.

During last 5 years have been made 50 original paintings and at the same time have been “reborn” and documented 50 “party” from all regions of Slovakia and slovak villages of Vojvodina (Serbia). More than 400,000 people visited the exhibitions all around the world: Brussels, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Pyeongchang, Ottawa, New York, Washington, Košice and Brno, and more than 3 million people heard about this project. Since first exhibition opening in November 2016 we have made 38 exhibitions at home and abroad. Thanks to great success, we are preparing over 15 exhibitions over the next two years.

The project is equally emphasized by originally composed fashion show and accompanying music that combines original, folk music with elements of the modern contemporary genres. Since 2018, exhibition is representing Slovak art and culture under the official brand GOOD IDEA SLOVAKIA for the best Slovak projects.

 

Limited edition of paintings of nearly extinct Slovak “parta”

“parta” (sg) / “party” (pl): is a type of a fancy headband, the symbol of adult unmarried girls. It was worn mainly by brides at their wedding ceremonies in the past and it was a part of a festive and ceremonial hair styling. Being the most important and beautiful component of the wedding costume, it has always been richly decorated and it was unique in every region of Slovakia. It varied in shapes, sizes, materials used, ribbons and accessories. “Party” in Slovakia have different local names, for example “vinec”, “odkonka”, “pantlík”, “vjenec”, “stuški” etc.

The basis of “parta” was formed from a cardboard strip which was coiled into a circle that was sewn by textiles – most often velvet, which was accompanied by sewn beads, decorative ribbons called “bortne” or metallic lace. Ribbons of different lengths, which hung around the face or down the back, represented an important feature of every “parta”. At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of 20th century, wedding “parta” was gradually replaced with a wreath made from artificial flowers and a veil.

A “parta” used to be a traditional part of folk costumes for young childless girls in the 19th and 20th century. It has become a central element of a unique art project, which aims to regenerate Slovak treasures, which are slowly being forgotten. The project goes through numerous artistic spectrums and maps the variety and diversity of almost every extinct “party” and wreaths from the original regions of Slovakia. It becomes important for cultural heritage to preserve and symbolically reveal folk traditions to a current 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. On the pictures we can see beautiful Slovak actresses, singers, presenters, models and businesswomen. The reference of a historical photograph mingles with the current embodiment of art photography, where models put themselves into the feelings of the brides and express them how it used to be back in the past. On the photographs you can watch humbleness and seriousness of the moment which is completed by a modern vision of the photographers. Two “party” in this limited edition of paintings are worn by painter Sarah I. Avni and ethnologist Katarína Chabrečeková. Both can fully identify themselves with the project; therefore it was a natural decision 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.

Limited edition of paintings is produced by mixed technology – artistic photography with acrylic paintings on canvas. Each painting from this limited edition has the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and will be made only in three dimensions: 60 x 90 cm, 80 x 120 cm and 120 x 180 cm.

Each original painting is also available in special edition of 100 pieces of Fine art prints. They comes in archival quality, numbered, certifikated and signed by authors. You can choose from 4 sizes: 30 x 40 cm (A3),  40 x 60 cm (A2),  60 x 90 cm (A1), 80 x 120 cm (A0).

Contact

If you are interested in more information about the project, paintings or cooperation with us, do not hesitate to contact us at: info@party21art.com

Contact us

Ľubomír Sabo +421 905 260 564

Zuzana Sénášiová +421 911 648 099

www.lsz.sk

Sarah I. Avni

+421 904 484 842

www.sarahavni.com

Katarína Chabrečeková

+421 917 101 795