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ARTIFICAL TEARS

Slovak photographer Evelyn Bencicova constructs compelling narrative scenarios that blur the lines between reality, memory, and imagination — “fictions based on truth”.

Evelyn Bencicova (b. Bratislava, 1992) is a visual creative specializing in photography and art direction. Informed by her background in fine art and new media studies (University for Applied Arts, Vienna), Bencicova’s practice combines academic research with an interest in contemporary culture to create a unique aesthetic space in which the conceptual meets the visual.

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Evelyn’s work is never quite what first appears to be. Her photographs depict meticulously controlled compositions characterized by aesthetic sterility, tinged with poetic undertones of timeless desire and longing. Bencicova constructs compelling narrative scenarios that blur the lines between reality, memory, and imagination — “fictions based on truth”.

Employing multifaceted symbolic representations as illusions, Evelyn plays with the viewer’s perception to entice them into the secret labyrinth of her imagination. Her disturbingly beautiful visual language and washed-out colour palette, set within curiously symbolic environments, allow for a deep exploration of the themes that take her images far beyond what they reveal at first glance.

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AWARDS / E. Bencicova received the prestigious Hasselblad Masters and Broncolor GenNext awards. She was shortlisted and awarded by Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, LensCulture, Independent Photographer, Gomma Grant, Life Framer, Photo IS:RAEL, Tokyo International Photo Award, Photo Vogue and OFF Festival and Young Guns 17. Evelyn was selected as one of 30 under 30 Female photographers of 2019 by Artpil.

Fashion film “Asymptote” (2016), co-created with Adam Csoka Keller, received the “Best New Fashion Film” award at the Fashion Film Festival Milano 2017 and was featured at SHOWstudio Fashion Film Awards, the Austrian American Short Film Festival and at Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View on Fashion.

CLIENTS / Bencicova’s client repertoire includes fashion and luxury brands such as Gucci, Cartier and Nehera, as well as cultural institutions such as Frieze, Berghain, Kunsthalle Basel, Royal Opera House, Slovak National Theatre and Ballet, Atonal Berlin, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology and Museums Quartier Vienna.

Photography & Text / Evelyn Bencicova

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