Petra Malá Miller
Born in Czechoslovakia, Petra Malá Miller grew up in southern Moravia. Her photographic work explores the poetics of childhood, of innocence, ageing, memory and loss and raises questions surrounding cultural identity, the individual, the family and the community.
By reconstructing incidents from her past and placing them within the present, Petra Malá Miller filters experiences, memories and reveries through an emotional process of recollection and translation. Her work takes place at the intersection between the real and the imaginary, between truth and fiction, memory and forgetting. Petra Malá Miller’s work is primarily autobiographical—but the photographs defy precise definition. Several are staged tableaux. In others, the artist adopts the point-of-fact style of lyrical documentary photography. Fact and fiction jostle one another. Looking back, drawing the outlines of the past across the present, Malá Miller negotiates spans of time and dislocations in space through recollection and projection; recollections stranded in time and place, projections of things to come. For Malá Miller, the camera as an aide-mémoire is a key to self-knowledge and self-construction.
About the Artist
Petra Malá Miller earned her MFA from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague in 2008. In 2009, she received the ESSL Museum Award for Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Vienna. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, the United States and in Canada including:The Voice Reached Us through the Floor, but the Words Themselves Were Lost, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague (2011);On the Threshold, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Berlin (2011);Likeness, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto (2011);Inter-view, Nitra Gallery, Nitra (2010);Czech It, an exhibition of modern and contemporary Czech photography presented at Space Gallery, Pittsburgh (2009);Frame, Leica Gallery, Prague (2008). Petra Malá Miller lives and works between Prague, Czech Republic and Lethbridge.
Her exhibition, The Voice Reached Us Through the Floor but the Words Themselves Were Lost & other photographs, is currently on view at the Trianon Gallery, 104-5th Street South, Lethbridge.
Petra Malá Miller is represented by the Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague.