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Linda Zhengova

Linda Zhengová is a Czech photographer and writer currently based in the Netherlands. In 2019, she graduated with MA in Media Studies (specialization in Film and Photographic Studies) at Leiden University with distinction (cum laude). Recently, she finished her Photography BA at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

Linda Zhengova

Zhengová uses the medium of photography to challenge the existing boundaries and taboos surrounding the themes of gender, sexuality, and trauma. She has been selected as a GUP New 2021 and Fresh Eyes 2020 talent. Her previous collaborative publication with Alex Blanco (Nothing will be the Same) was nominated for the Zilveren Camera Storytelling Prize.

At the moment, she is editorially contributing to GUP Magazine, EEP Berlin, and Discarded Magazine. She is also the curator of XXX a new section of Discarded Magazine showcasing the vision of contemporary erotic photography.

Linda shoots pictures for about nine years and her fields are both documentary and fiction photography. To make a clear specification of her photographic work is difficult as it highly depends upon how we understand reality and where is the border when we start to define artificial constructions. Overall, she uses the medium to challenge the existing boundaries and taboos surrounding the themes of gender, sexuality, and trauma. Highlighted with saturated colours and darkness, her imagery strives to trigger a transformation in the viewer through an aesthetic experience.

Solo Exhibitions

2019, Korzo Theater, Den Haag (NL) – Up & Coming Choreographers, Produced by Nederlands Dans Theater and Korzo Theater

2015, Pilsner House, Brussels (BE) – Fairytales

Collective Exhibitons

2022, The Body, Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2021, Survival Open Call Exhibition, Ctypemag Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2020, GUP New Exhibition and Book Launch, Kahmann Gallery, project Showering with Glasses (2018), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2020, Fresh Eyes Fair, Gashouder Westergas, project Catharsis (2019-2020), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2020, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL) - Graduation Show, project Catharsis (2019-2020)

2020, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad (SRB) –World Biennial of Student Photography, project Showering with Glasses (2018)

2019, Helena van Doeverenplantsoen, Den Haag (NL) – Forgetful Number

2018, Kulturni Centar LAB, Novi Sad (SRB) – Forgetful Number

2014, Labe Tour (CZ) – Museum of the City of Ústí nad Labe and Jesuit Church, Litoměřice

Festivals

2021, OFF Bratislava (SK), 5-19 November

2021, Fotobok Festival, Oslo (NO) - Representation and Beyond, Fotogalleriet / 19-22 August (temporary exhibition)

2021, Charta Festival, Rome (IT) - presentation of Yogurt Magazine, 17-25 July

Art Prizes & Nominations

Kassel Dummy Award 22 shortlist (Catharsis)

ctypemag Survival Open Call Shortlist (Catharsis)

2021 Young Portfolio shortlist, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts

De Zilveren Camera shortlist for Storytelling Prize of 2020 (Nothing will be the Same)

GUP New Talent 2021 (Showering with Glasses)

Fresh Eyes Talent 2020 (Catharsis)

Print Publications

XXX (upcoming 2022), Discarded Magazine, OMFF

Source (2021), Issue 106, review of Catharsis

Ones to Watch (2021), British Journal of Photography, review of Catharsis

MOJO Flavour (2021), Yogurt Magazine, featured image from the project Nothing will be the Same, Rome, Italy

Catharsis (2021), Photobook, self-published in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

GUP New (2021), an annual publication featuring the best 100 emerging photography talents based in the Netherlands, X Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Nothing will be the Same (2020), Zine, self-published in collaboration with Zoopark Publishing in Berlin, Germany

Fresh Eyes (2020), Photobook, an annual publication featuring the best 100 emerging photography talents from Europe, X Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Ambiguity of Visual Representations of Trauma: An Interpretational Analysis of Imagery Made by Joel Meyerowitz, Kazuma Obara, Roger Ballen, and Marta Zgierska (2019), Bachelor's thesis, Academic Publication, The Hague, Netherlands

A Resistance of Normality Through Imagery: Queer Aesthetics and Contemporary Queer Photography (2019), Master's Thesis, Academic Publication, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Media

Eiii Zine (2021), On Motherhood, Femininity and Female Friendships

Bildersturm (2021), Catharsis

British Journal of Photography (2021), Ten photobooks by emerging photographers to take note of, article by Hannah Abel-Hirsch and Marigold Warner, Catharsis

Mirrored Society (2021), Interview with Julian Lucas

Der Greif (2021), Catharsis (Guest Room: Michael Mack and Sohrab Hura's Selection)

Fotonoviny (2021), The Ambiguity of Visual Representations of Trauma & Catharsis, Book Review by Kvet Nguyen, Issue 55 (print)

Der Greif (2021), KULISHEK (Guest Room: Lucy Pike's Selection)

PH Museum (2021), Catharsis (Featured Story)

Tique (2021), The Ambiguity of Visual Representations of Trauma

Kajet Journal (2021), essay Photography: A Facilitator of a Czech Queer Utopia?, featuring series Showering with Glasses

Fresh Eyes (2020), text by Patrycja Rozwora, Catharsis

Discarded Magazine (2020), interview with Santolo Felaco, Catharsis

Artibooks (2020), interview with Alex Blanco and Linda Zhengová, Nothing will be the Same

Interview with Ester Kneidlová (2020), Catharsis

KABK (2020), Catharsis

Discarded Magazine (2020), Catharsis

Stayathome.photography (2020), Nothing will be the Same

Links

www.lindazhengova.com

www.facebook.com/linda.zhengova

www.instagram.com/lindazhengova

www.linkedin.com/in/linda-zhengova