ECCE HOMO BY EVELYN BENCICOVA

Ecce Homo, Latin for ‘behold the man’, is a biblical reference that has been widely depicted in Christian art.

By Balthazar Malevolent

ECCE HOMO BY EVELYN BENCICOVA

Numerous faceless nude bodies appear in odd positions in Evelyn Bencicova's series 'Ecce Homo.' Some lie on shelves or tables while others sprawl on the floor in waves. Ecce Homo is Latin for 'behold the man,' a traditional artistic theme that has been extended to include depictions of violence and war with Biblical roots. Although the scenes of Evelyn Bencicova aren't inherently violent, they are still shrouded in mystery, leaving the viewer in the dark about what happened to these contorted bodies in fact.

Evelyn Bencicova (born 1992 in Bratislava) is a visual artist specializing in the field of photography and painting. Bencicova's practice, informed by her background in fine art and new media studies (University for Applied Arts, Vienna), combines academic research with an interest in contemporary culture to create a unique aesthetic space where the conceptual meets the visual.

Evelyn's work never seems to be quite what it really is. Her portraits depict carefully managed compositions characterized by an artistic sterility tinged with eternal desire and longing romantic undertones. Bencicova creates convincing narrative scenarios that blur the line between fact, memory, and imagination — the truth-based fictions.

Using multifaceted symbolic representations as illusions, Evelyn plays with the perception of the viewer to entice them into the secret maze of her imagination. Her disturbingly beautiful visual language and washed-out color palette, set in curiously symbolic environments, allow for a thorough exploration of the themes that take her pictures far beyond what they reveal at first sight.

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

In Vogue Portugal, Vogue Czechoslovakia, Vogue Spain, ZEIT Magazine, The Gentlewoman, ELLE, Dazed & Confused, I Mtv, Frieze, GUP, HANT and Metal Magazine, Evelyn's promotional and creative work have been appearing for several years. Her work has been published in prestigious international photography books and on several online platforms (Juxtapoz, iGNANT.com, Fubiz media); she has participated in solo and group exhibitions around the world - Fotografiska Stockholm, London's National Portrait Gallery and the Vogue Photo Festival, to name but a few.

Bencicova has won prestigious Hasselblad Masters and GenNext Broncolor prizes. Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Winner, LensCulture, Independent Photographer, Gomma Grant, Life Framer, Photo IS: RAEL, Tokyo International Photo Award, Photo Vogue and OFF Festival and Young Guns 17 have been awarding and shortlisting her. Evelyn was selected by Artpil as one of 30 under 30 Female photographers of 2019.

Fashion film "Asymptote" (2016), co-created with Adam Csoka Keller, won the "Best New Fashion Film" award at the Fashion Film Festival in Milan 2017, and was featured at the SHOWstudio Fashion Film Awards, the Austrian American Short Film Festival and at Diane Pernet's A Shaded View on Fashion.

Designer Rick Owens in his collections often experiments with human bodies. Rick Owens also imposed an idea of body and beauty very far from the static and conservative ideals portrayed in catwalks and fashion magazines, expanding the idea of humanity to unpredictable and at times outrageous visions

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