Thursday 1st September at the Malešice senior home: Riitta is drying her eyes from a mixture of laughing and crying for the fifth time because today’s models are unbearably great. Mrs. Hronovska, Mrs. Neřimova, Mrs. Šeborova and Mrs. Švagrova make up the ultimate firecracker quartet. We met for the first time a year ago during the Prague Quadrennial and are back to photograph the team of grannies together with Dominika Prokopova who used to spearhead the arts program at the center.
The joggers on the wild bushy paths behind the senior home witnessed giggles from the bushes with glimpses of whizzing wheelchairs and flying vegetation. Four shoots took place in three hours and if there were olympic medals given for performances like these, world records surely would have been broken.
This day is impossible to fit into one little blogpost, so please consider this as an amuse bouche, with the main course served in the upcoming book. You can place yourself on the preorder list by emailing us right now.
This is our final post from Prague and our celebratory Ahoj from the TRSY Land Art Festival in Lhotka U Berun before we head to the very northern tip of Norway and move on to report at the New Kirkenes Hospital website.
Mrs. Hronovska, Riitta and Dominika Prokopová going through the step-by-step instructions of a Korean jellyfish facemask. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Mrs. Švagrova is like a ‘fish in water’ at Malešice. Here she is telling us about her years working in various metal factories, where she handled metal from when she was 17 until she retired. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Mrs. Neřimova on the right and Mrs. Hronovska choosing materials for their shoots. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Mrs. Šeborova’s mohauk in progress at The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. It is one of the oldest film schools in the world and our home the week in Prague. Thank you Tomáš Roček! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
The ladies getting into the jungle fever. Snacks and liquor in the bags. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Heading off-piste © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Marie Hronovska used to work as a dentist nurse “until death” according to herself. She built her house in the forest together with her husband and lived in it for 50 years, a house notorious for dance parties that lasted for days and days… © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
…that party spirit is definitely still present in the Mrs. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Zdeňka Švagrova is a big fan of parks, rivers and forests. She has 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 8 great grand children and for further action she hangs out with the kids from the kindergarten at the senior home. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Full jungle fever antennas. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Jiřina Šeborova is the inhouse florist at Malešice and is busy beyond any botanical Interflora empire. She was a member of the Sokol movement from childhood and loved the gymnastics program until she switched to quickstep, foxtrot, waltz. These days she tunes into Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Julio Iglesias. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Big cheers from the adoring crowd with our chief of operations inside the Malešice; Jana Blažková together with Mrs. Neřimova and Mrs. Švagrova. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Věra Neřimova is a former office clerk at the Ministry of Industry where she worked happily for 30 years. She loves to draw and has illustrated many book covers. She is also a big mushroom fan and like all four of the women she really enjoys the great outdoors. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
To our amusement, the joggers kept whizzing past. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen