Open studio at Aberystwyth Arts centre at the end of my AiR stay.

Work in progress: Folding my new book The Absence of Myth!

Work in progress: Folding my new book The Absence of Myth!

nomorebadfuture asked:

great work! what do you shoot with?

Tereza Zelenkova Answer:

Thanks! Various medium format cameras on Ilford delta 400




 



THE ABSENCE OF MYTH
Tereza Zelenkova
“’Night is also a sun’, and the absence of myth is also a myth: the coldest, the purest, the only true myth.”
- Georges Bataille
Legion TV are pleased to present Tereza Zelenkova’s first solo show in London.  The exhibition will include Zelenkova’s latest photographic works, which are presented as excerpts from a critical dictionary created by the artist. Drawing on the traditions of Surrealism, Zelenkova’s darkly romantic work frequently references Georges Bataille, whose writings also partially inspired this project.
Working in black and white, Zelenkova’s photographs are often a nostalgic and melancholic representation of the present, that for her perpetually blends with the past, and vice versa. The images are mostly uninhabited and still; time here is frozen, not only through the alchemic process of photography, but also through the subject matter itself: old museum exhibits, preserved period interiors, or historic paintings, among others. It is as if the work resists the passage of time, the only dynamic feature being the water that occasionally runs through the otherwise timeless and unchanging environments.
The installation itself takes on the aesthetics of a museum exposition, creating a certain tension between the lyrical nature of the photographs and a detached, institutional-like presentation. The individual photographs are of intimate sizes that oscillate between public display and private album. For Zelenkova, each of her works is a result of subconscious choices, a mixture of chance and intentions, which under closer inspection reveal a web of associations, weaving together a narrative of a personal biography and artist’s cultural heritage. This is also the first time that Zelenkova presents her photographs together with text, revealing some of the inner concerns behind the work.  
 The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition artist publication, which also serves as an exhibition catalogue, bringing together foreword by Daniel C. Blight, Zelenkova’s photographs, texts, and also a poem written by French poet Ed Anon. 

THE ABSENCE OF MYTH

Tereza Zelenkova

“’Night is also a sun’, and the absence of myth is also a myth: the coldest, the purest, the only true myth.”

- Georges Bataille

Legion TV are pleased to present Tereza Zelenkova’s first solo show in London.  The exhibition will include Zelenkova’s latest photographic works, which are presented as excerpts from a critical dictionary created by the artist. Drawing on the traditions of Surrealism, Zelenkova’s darkly romantic work frequently references Georges Bataille, whose writings also partially inspired this project.

Working in black and white, Zelenkova’s photographs are often a nostalgic and melancholic representation of the present, that for her perpetually blends with the past, and vice versa. The images are mostly uninhabited and still; time here is frozen, not only through the alchemic process of photography, but also through the subject matter itself: old museum exhibits, preserved period interiors, or historic paintings, among others. It is as if the work resists the passage of time, the only dynamic feature being the water that occasionally runs through the otherwise timeless and unchanging environments.

The installation itself takes on the aesthetics of a museum exposition, creating a certain tension between the lyrical nature of the photographs and a detached, institutional-like presentation. The individual photographs are of intimate sizes that oscillate between public display and private album. For Zelenkova, each of her works is a result of subconscious choices, a mixture of chance and intentions, which under closer inspection reveal a web of associations, weaving together a narrative of a personal biography and artist’s cultural heritage. This is also the first time that Zelenkova presents her photographs together with text, revealing some of the inner concerns behind the work. 

 The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition artist publication, which also serves as an exhibition catalogue, bringing together foreword by Daniel C. Blight, Zelenkova’s photographs, texts, and also a poem written by French poet Ed Anon. 

THE ABSENCE OF MYTH

Photographs, texts and design by Tereza Zelenkova

Foreword by Daniel C. Blight

Poem by Ed Anon

Publication:

32 pp., 28 black and white plates

Digital print, saddle stitched and individually numbered.

Edition of 250.

Special edition of 20 books comes with 10x8” gelatin silver print hand printed by the artist.

 

£20 / 26.00 €

£60 / 75.00 €  special edition

Release: 18/10/2013

For distribution contact me:

tereza.photography@gmail.com

For direct sales contact Kiera:

kiera@legion-tv.com

Unnatural Selection at UNSEEN Amsterdam from the 25th to 29th at MC Theatre.

Unnatural Selection at UNSEEN Amsterdam from the 25th to 29th at MC Theatre.

Georges Bataille’s grave and me on the doorstep of his former house in France.

I took these photographs during one week holiday/residency at La Trousse in France. There will be a “rural” themed exhibition with the resulting works in Red Gallery on 3 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT from the 27th (PV) until the 2nd August.

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Note: These are not the works that I’ll be exhibiting.

My picture accompanying wonderful short story by Lina Wolff in the latest issue of Granta.