“People’s nakedness is as provoking as their graves, and the bad smells make me laugh. The grave is as inevitable to a person as being stripped bare.

- Georges Bataille



This is a photograph of Georges Bataille’s grave. In more general terms, this photograph is an image of death. It opens itself up to nothingness, a dark abyss created by the excess of light hitting the sensitive surface of photographic paper; the film ripped and damaged violently interrupts the depicted scene and exposes the hollow emptiness, an eternity in solitude—still, non-existent, underground, silenced like the image itself. Bataille’s friend Maurice Blanchot interestingly observed that images and cadavers have much in common. They are both directly bound to something that once was, but in their stillness they show us quite a different picture than the one we are familiar with. Which image is more genuine, I don’t know, but important here is the change, the gap formed between life and its subjective, unique vision formed by a series of imperceptible gestures and minor accidents, such as the one that created this photograph.

Georges Bataille’s grave, Vézelay, 2013.

Installation views of Dust exhibition at Le Bal, Paris, 2015 - 2016.

The photographs is featured next to Brassai’s photographs of Parisian graffiti.

Installation views © Le Bal, 2016.

TEREZA ZELENKOVA

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Table of Contents


I        Work

          (work in progress)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2015

          Two and two is five . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2014

          The Absence of Myth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2013

          Georges Bataille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2013

         The Other Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2012

          Index of Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011

          Night is also a sun. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011

          Supreme Vice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010     


II      Publications

         The Absence of Myth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2013

         Index of Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2012

         Supreme Vice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011

     

III    Online Reviews

         The Guardian

         1000 Words blog

         Notes on metamodernism

         Calvert Journal

         Paper Journal

         Der Greif - part I, part II, part III, part IV, part V

         Dazed Digital

         Ahorn Magazine

         Photo-Eye

         1000 Words


IV    Information

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         About

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V    Editions