The title of Gabriela Ksandr’s exhibition “Simply Nude” says it all - nude photographs are everywhere.
Young and successful, the Czech photographer Gabriela Ksandr, who flies around the world like a butterfly, working in Prague, Munich or New York, has succeeded in composing the naked human body into both art and commerce. I deliberately say ‘naked body’ because Gabriela can use the well-turned curves of a female body, just as the muscles of a member of the opposite sex, to express her photographic intent.
The photographer, who in the last few years has worked for various fashion houses, is also a fine art photographer.
One of her first important projects was “SUDEK+111”.
Her portraits of the representatives of contemporary Czech photography, taken with a Sinar camera using 8 × 10 inch black and white negative film, are an important contribution to Czech photography.
The artist presents her collection “UPSIDE DOWN” as the main motif of the exhibition.
The “arrangement of forms”, as May Ray would say, is in this case only a girl spread out over an object, her head hanging down, which however doesn’t at all detract from the genius of the photograph.
Two photographs called “THEY ARE ALREADY HERE” hang in the main hall of the exhibition. They are a hommage to Helmut Newton, whom Gabriela Ksandr met in one of Berlin’s galleries.
The top floor of the gallery shows the significant contribution that Gabriela Ksandr has made to modern Czech photography, as for example her unique way of incorporating the male nude into an advertising campaign for Stefanel fashion house. The exhibition also includes other photographs of nudes.