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Tereza Zelenková is an artist based in Prague, Czech Republic. She is best known for her black and white photographs influenced by literature and mysticism. The recurring themes of her work include relationship between land and identity; the uncanny and the domestic; and photography’s relationship with the occult. Central to her practice is the combination of photography, installation, and her own writing; a fertile relationship that draws together her influences of the lyrical alongside a commitment to research, resulting in often wide-ranging and complex lines of enquiry.
She has received several awards and her work has been exhibited on four different continents. Her photographs are held in the collections of Victoria & Albert Museum, Foam Photography Museum, Musée de l’Élysé, Saatchi Gallery and Fotomuseum Winterthur.
Her commissioned work was published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Financial Times and Hothsoe magazine among others.
2010 - 2012 MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2007 - 2010 First Class Honors, BA Photographic Arts, University of Westminster, London, UK
V&A Museum, London, UK
Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam, NL
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, CH
Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, CH
National Bank, CZ
The New Yorker
The Financial Times
2023 Recipient of the Artist stipend, Ministry of Culture, CZ.
2016 ING Unseen Talent Awards, NL. (finalist)
2015 Jerwood Photoworks Award, UK. (winner)
2015 reGeneration3, Musée de l’Élysée, CH. (finalist)
2012 1000 Words Magazine Award, UK. (winner)
2012 Saatchi New Sensations, UK. (finalist)
2012 Metro Imaging Award, UK. (winner)
2012 Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH. (finalist)
2011 Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed, The Photographer’s Gallery, UK. (finalist)
2011 Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, UK Honorable Mention.
2023 Memory and desire, stirring (with Özlem Altin), Fotograf Gallery, Prague, CZ.
2022 Maladies of The Infinite, Berlínskej Model, Prague, CZ.
2022 Maladies of The Infinite, Kulturni Centar Beograda, Belgrade, RS.
2021 The Double Room, Campbell House Museum, Contact Photography Festival, Torornto, CA.
2020 Dead Language, Ateliér Josefa Sudka, Prague, CZ.
2018 The Essential Solitude, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
2018 A Snake that disappeared through a hole in the wall, Foam, Amsterdam, NL.
2017 Had, ktery zmizel v dire ve stene, NoD Gallery, Prague, CZ.
2016 Two and two is five, Rough Print Gallery, London, UK.
2014 Two and two is five, Galerie Jeleni, Prague, CZ.
2013 The Absence of Myth, Legion TV, London, UK.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 Monochrome, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
2022 One of a Kind, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
2022 The Lore, Have a butchers, London, UK.
2021 Known and Strange, V&A Museum, London, UK.
2021 a Handful of Dust, National Center of Photography and Images, Taipei, TW.
2020 Le Cabaret du Néant, Frac île-de-france, Le Château, Paris, FR.
2019 Unseen Photography Festival, Amsterdam, NL.
2019 a Handful of Dust, Polygon Gallery, Vancouver, CA.
2019 Gothic Fictions, Silver Eye Photography Center, Pittsburgh, USA.
2019 Tender, Czech Center New York, New York, USA.
2018 a Handful of Dust, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, USA.
2018 Jaipur Photography Festival, Jaipur, IN.
2017 a Handful of Dust, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK.
2017 At Home She’s A Tourist, Copeland Gallery, London, UK.
2016 Jerwood / Photoworks Award, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
2016 ING Unseen Talent Awards, Unseen Photography Festival, Amsterdam, NL.
2016 Jerwood / Photoworks Award, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, UK.
2015 Jerwood / Photoworks Award, Jerwood Art Space, London, UK.
2015 a Handful of Dust, Le Bal, Paris, F.
2015 reGeneration 3, Museo Amparo, Mexico.
2015 reGeneration3, Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, CH.
2014 Re-becoming, Flowers Gallery East, London, UK.
2014 Continental Shift, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK.
2013 Unnatural Selection, Unseen Photography Fair, Amsterdam, NL.
2013 New Order, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK.
2013 Thresholds, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, UK.
2012 Lianzhou Foto Festival, Lianzhou, China.
2012 RCA Show 2012, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
2012 Black Thorns in The White Cube, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, USA.
2012 Hijacked III, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, AU.
2011 The Wonders of The Visible World, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK.
2011 Altitude +1000 Festival de Photographie de Montagne, Rossiniere, CH.
2011 The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2, Chelsea Museum of Art, New York, USA.
2010 This Must be The Place, Jerwood Art Space, London, UK.
2010 Women in Art Photography U.K., Taaschen, London, UK.
2013 Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, UK.
2011 School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, USA.
2011 Altitude 1000+, Rossiniere, CH.
2021 The Essential Solitude (VOID)
2018 The Essential Solitude, (self-published)
2013 The Absence of Myth (self-published)
2012 Index of Time (self-published book - with P. Watkins and O. Shamlou)
2011 Supreme Vice (Morel Books)
2015 a Handful of Dust, by David Campany (MACK Books)
2012 Seeing for Others (Black Dog Publishing)
2012 Hijacked III (Big City Press)
2011 The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography (HAFNY)
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