Daria Tuminas
Not Bliss But Relief

Not Bliss But Relief brings together delicate publications produced in the last decade by women artists that explore the interconnections between the photobook medium, motion, and (cinematic) montage. The artists search for ways to represent movement — from a dance to the passage of time. Some of them adopt and transform filmic visual language or use video stills, working with the tension that the moving image can create when placed in the still and fixed form of a book.

The selection of printed matter is contextualized by a number of works in video and photography. Presented projects talk about intimate experiences, pausing on subtle-yet-very-present movements. The heroine touches a friend during a fast-flowing gesture of a greeting in Sanne van den Elzen’s installation Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days (2018). The artist deconstructs in 45 stills the movements within meeting and hugging one another. The diptych Collector (2018) by Tine Guns reveals the heroine in a sleeping pose, choreographing her body without awareness of it. In Katya Lesiv’s Lullaby for Olvia 2 (2018), the character cradles the turns inside of her — the artist is observing her second pregnancy. The video Planar (2017) by Martine Stig traces the movements of looking at and through a cityscape. Finally, a piece from Cathédrales (2014) by Laurence Aëgerter talks about the movement of the shadow over a Bourges gothic cathedral’s photograph that the artist kept in her studio.


Including artists and photobooks:
Valentina Abenavoli, The Harvest (Akina Books, 2017)
Laurence Aëgerter, Cathédrales (RVB books, 2014)
Ruth van Beek, Dancing Figures (The Manuals #2) (Centerfold Editions, 2014)
Marte Aas, Rukmini Chatterjee, Cinéma (Multipress, 2011)
Sanne van den Elzen, Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days (FW:Books, 2018)
Rebecca Fertinel, Ubuntu (Lecturis, 2019)
Nancy Floyd, Weathering Time (GOST, 2021)
Tine Guns, Rocambolesco (self-published, 2019), Under The Pine Tree of the Moon (self-published, 2020), The Collector (self-published, 2018), Amoureux solitaires (self-published, 2014)
Miho Kajioka, so it goes, so it goes (the (M) éditions and IBASHO, 2020)
Yingguang Guo, The Bliss of Conformity (La Maison de Z, 2018)
Katya Lesiv, Lullaby 6 (self-published, 2018), Lullaby Boundaries (self-published, 2017), I Love You (Ist Publishing, 2021)
Line Bøhmer Løkken, Immersed in Stone – Black Ice (Multipress, 2018)
Ilse Oosterkamp, melle (Van Zoetendaal Publishers, 2020)
Tatyana Palyga, Express (Zoopark Publishing, 2017)
Julie Scheurweghs, Mère (Kult Books, 2021)
Martine Stig, Noir (FW:Books, 2016)


Address: GALLERI IMAGE, Vestergade 29, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Opening time: 14-17 October 2021, 13:00 – 17:00


Images © Studio Hans Wilschut

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