Czech-born Luskačová is one of the leading documentary photographers to emerge in the 1970s and 1980s. She first won international recognition for Pilgrims (1964–1971), a study of ancient Christian rituals in eastern Slovakia.
Luskačová left Czechoslovakia for England in 1975 after the hardening of communist rule in the years following a short-lived period of liberalisation known as the ‘Prague Spring’.
Luskačová’s photography shows a concern for the ties that bind people together. What her subjects have in common – whether pilgrims or street traders, buskers or bathers – is an investigation into lives lived with determination in the face of change and adversity. Her portraits of people in their everyday contexts achieve a subtle ambiguity of mood – at the same time bleak and uplifting, sad and humorous, dark and hopeful.
Curated by Kate Bush with Zuzana Flaskova