Silver gelatine print op fibre based papier
Image: 29 x 23 cm (paper: 34 x 28 cm)
Edition of 15
Signed and numbered on the back
ABOUT THE WORK
The image was taken in a place near Slavonice, Southern Bohemia. It is said that it used to be a graveyard for hunting dogs of local noblemen. There is no specific info on the carved face and no dating exists. The place is part of so called Grasel paths – forest paths mapping various hideaways of one of the region’s most famous bandits called Grasel – a name that is commonly used in Czech language as an offence to someone who misbehaves.
A similar work was part of her solo exhibition A Snake That Disappeared Through a Hole in the Wall, that was on display at Foam 3h from April 6th until the 24th of June 2018.
About the exhibition:
According to an old Slavic legend, a snake inhabits people’s homes and brings happiness and prosperity to the household. This ‘snake housekeeper’ was traditionally welcomed with a bowl of milk on the threshold. The story is one of the many folk tales from the Czech Republic which Tereza Zelenkova (1985, CZ) seeks to revive. Over the course of two years, the artist accumulated numerous stories that formed the starting point for extensive journeys through the landscape of her childhood.
In contrast to her subject matter, Zelenkova’s work method is straightforward and factual: the mysterious, sometimes outright baroque scenes are typically photographed head-on with an unforgiving flash. With her camera Zelenkova isolates and collects her findings almost like a scientist organises his specimen. Together, the images present an archaeology of a fantastical reality.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Tereza Zelenkova (1985, CZ) attained her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London in 2012, and her BA in Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster in 2010. Her work featured in group exhibitions in London’s Whitechapel Gallery (2017), in Le Bal in Paris (2015) and Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne (2015). Her work has been included in the collections of Saatchi Gallery in London, Museum Winterthur in Switzerland and the V&A in London. She has published four books: Supreme Vice (2011), Index of Time (2012), The Absence of Myth (2013) and The Essential Solitude (2018). Zelenkova lives and works in London.
ABOUT BUYING THIS WORK
This photo print has a small white border around all sides. For a framer this border is necessary to be able to frame it properly. The print will be carefully wrapped and send as an insured package. You will receive an e-mail with a Track & Trace code when the package is on its way. A framed copy is often on display at Foam Editions, the gallery on the third floor of Foam Fotografiemuseum.
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