Tereza Zelenkova (1985)

Tereza ZelenkovaTereza Zelenkova (born 1985 in Czech Republic; lives and works in London, UK) is an artist working mainly with black and white analogue photography. Her practice often deals with mysticism, ranging from abstract ideas about death and the sacred, to documenting concrete locations tied to local mythologies or mysterious historical events. Her inspiration often comes from literature and philosophy, but she also embraces coincidence, intuition and analogy as essential working methods.

She received First Class from BA (Hons) in Photographic Arts from the University of Wesmtinster in 2010 and obtained her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London in 2012. She is a finalist of the ING Unseen Talent Award (2016), a recipient of the Jerwood Photoworks Award (2015) and The 1000 Words Magazine Award (2012), among other awards. She has several self-published books as well as Supreme Vice published by Mörel Books (2011). She had exhibited her work at various galleries and museums worldwide, most recently at the Nod Gallery in Prague (2017), Whitechapel Gallery in London (2017), Copeland Gallery in London (2017), Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool (2016), Belfast Exposed (2016) Jerwood Space in London (2015), Le Bal in Paris (2015) and Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne (2015). Her work has been included in the collections of Saatchi Gallery in London and Museum Winterthur in Switzerland.


2012    MA Photography, Royal College of Art
2010    First Class Honors, BA Photographic Arts, University of Westminster


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. (finalist)

Solo Exhibitions

2018    Upcoming: Title TBC, Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
2017    Upcoming: Title TBC, Webber Represents, London, UK.
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

2017    a Handfull 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 Handfull of Dust, Le Bal, Paris, F.
2015    reGeneration 3, Musée de l’Elysée, 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.

Selected Publications

Artist Books
The Absence of Myth (self-published with support of Art’s Council England and Legion TV), 2013.
Index of Time (self-published book - with Peter Watkins), 2012.
Supreme Vice (published by Morel Books), 2010.

Group Publications
a Handful of Dust, by David Campany (published by MACK Books), 2015.
Seeing for Others (published by Black Dog Publishing), 2012.
Hijacked III (published by Big City Press), 2012.
The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography (published by Humble Arts Foundation), 2011.


2013 Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, UK.
2011 School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, USA.
2011 Rossiniere, CH.