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Exhibition: Grannies in Kroj

  • Delegation of the European Union 2175 K Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20037 United States (map)
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The Delegation of the European Union, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, invites you to the exhibition Grannies in Kroj with photographer Liba Taylor on October 16, at 5:30 pm. The exhibition documents the lives of women from Moravia that still wear the traditional folk clothing called kroj as part of their everyday lives. A hundred years ago, everyone dressed in the traditional costume. Now, there are only rare sightings of this phenomenon, presumably inherited down from generations. Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček, EU Deputy Ambassador Caroline Vicini, and the Vice Governor of the South Moravian Region will give opening remarks at the event, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the photographer. Take a rare view inside the villages of Moravia where “grannies in kroj” remain true to their age old customs. 

Event details:

Date: October 16, 2017, 5:30 pm

Attire: Business

Location: Delegation of the European Union
2175 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037 

RSVP required by October 15

About the Photographer:
Liba Taylor is a photographer, who has lived most of her professional life in England, where she worked for over 30 years on documentary projects for global humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, and the UN, focusing on countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Taylor has a gift for communicating with people living in different, mostly non-typical situations. Her photos are forthright, rich with informational recordings of reality. At the same time, they are filled with strong personal participation, sometimes even tenderness, capturing women and their purpose. She studied Spanish and history of art and broadcasting, film and television at the Bristol University and documentary photography at the University of Wales under the direction of David from the prestigious agency Magnum. She is currently living in the Czech Republic.

About the Organization:
The Southern Moravian Community Organization was founded in 2008 and its mission is the development of civil society and local philanthropy in South Moravia. It supports cultural, educational, ecological and other projects. Their most important program is Zivy Folklor (Folklore Alive), which holds discussion conferences on this theme, documenting the last displays of live folklore on the streets.