Inspired by a Georges Bataille essay, The Absence of Myth, Tereza Zelenkova’s first solo exhibition, is interested in “the absence of myth that has in itself become the myth of the modern age.” Acting as a “collector” of black-and-white images, Zelenkova seeks to subvert our everyday perception and reality-making instead of simply recording subjects within a given historical continuity.
Striking at the heart of the institutional museum environment, Zelenkova’s surrealist work challenges conventional categorization and rationally structured groups. In an uneasy yet intriguing display of familiar icons like Jesus or Freud's couch, she proposes “a different type of categorization, based more on an ephemeral and poetic relationship of objects—a sort of hidden order of things.”
Romanticism isn’t dead. Zelenkova’s darkly questioning and often erotically charged realities still provide the possibility of myth and ambiguity in our seemingly clear and logical contemporary world.