JANA MACHACKOVA-OEY

Photographer

Elämän Puu /Tree of life, Tampere

An assignment by Tampere’s Harju parish to contribute to the Elämän Puu project by documenting older people involved in various activities of older parishioners over four-month period. Elämän Puu concluded with an exhibition in Pispala church, which presented photographs highlighting the role of older adults in our society. It was wonderful to encounter the dignity, joy of life and sense of humour of older people, as well as to realise the importance to them of togetherness

Lupa Unelmoida - Parasta lapsille poikkeusolossakin / Permission to Dream - Best for children even in the restricted times, Tampere

A one-year assignment for non-profit organisation Parasta Lapsille on documenting various events and activities organised during the COVID-19 period 2020–2021 in Tampere. The purpose of this project was to support the organisation’s mission of promoting the wellbeing of children and families by organising a photography exhibition. Through photography we sought to highlight the right of children to safe participation and to their own time and dreaming, even under exceptional social circumstances. We wished to show that courage, creativity and goodwill can overcome obstacles and that, regardless of the limitations, it was possible to forget everyday worries. The project was exhibited in Metso Main Library and Hervanta Library in Tampere, Finland.

Aina on Pilates, Tampere

Photographs and a video series of pilates and yoga classes for an online course.

Kabanov Tanssitehdas, Tampere

A one-year project documenting everyday life and various dancing classes at Kabanov Tanssitehdas school of dance for its 50th anniversary celebration. Through photographs we want to convey that everyone can enjoy dance for what it is. The exhibition included a video installation and photographs aimed at encouraging overcoming self-limitation and finding the joy of being.