Tereza Zelenkova: The Essential Solitude
Tereza Zelenkova was born in Ostrava, Czech Republic in 1985, and she’s based in Prague. She lived in London between 2007 and 2018, where she studied photography at the University of Westminster and later at the Royal College of Art.
She is best known for her pensive black and white photographs, inspired by literature, local mythologies, and history. Central to her practice is the combination of photographs with her own writing;
The photographs in this book resulted from my visits to Dennis Severs’ House. They are deeply personal, yet they also attempt to speak about the universal experience of solitude, imagination, and beauty. Most of all, they pay homage to the solitude of a reader absorbed in a book; and to all the travelers who never leave their bedrooms.
“It seems we have learned something about art when we experience what the word solitude designates,” wrote the French writer and philosopher Maurice Blanchot in his essay, The Essential Solitude.
What Blanchot has in mind is not any ordinary solitude, however, but rather the solitude of literary work and a work of art.
Laura Bielau: Arbeit
Laura Bielau lives and works as an artist in Berlin and Halle. Her work was awarded the Prize of the Kunstverein Hannover in 2015. In 2016 she was selected for the DZ BANK Art Collection’s project grant. In 2019 she received a working scholarship from the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the Kloster Bergesche Stiftung.
Laura Bielau’s photo book Arbeit (Work) is about the actual space of her work as a photographer and artist: the studio in which she operates. One aspect of the work centres on what she finds in this space, the resources she has at her disposal there, and the way she moves in it. Beyond that, it is also about the space of production in which the photographic image appears, about the processes involved—and thus the formal decisions that she makes as an artist.….
…. And it is about the space of ideas, the intellectual exploration, in other words, that she incorporates into her work. All these different facets provide the structure for Bielau’s work—and she is not alone here—and have led her to this specific work, whose title, which is both succinct and profound, encapsulates what working as an artist is all about: transforming an idea into a concrete piece and then showing the work in exhibition.
Clara Prioux: Do You Ever Feel Like Nobody Really Cares
Club d’Histoire Locale is an artist-run, independent publisher. It was founded in 2020 by Clara Prioux as an extension of her artistic practice. Its name was chosen as a reference to the Club d’Histoire Locale Jean Benoît de Château-du-Loir, which her grands-parents have been members of for many years.
Do You Ever Feel Like Nobody Really Cares contains photographs taken in the United-States between 2013 et 2019 in the area of Fort Mill – a town of South Carolina located in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC – as well as drawings. ….
…. Taking its name from a leaflet published by a local church, the book questions notions of loneliness, illusion and search for meaning by exploring the shapes of the urban landscape. The need to belong to a community occupies the physical space as well as the minds.