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“My aim with this work is to record something about the landscape without the camera’s capacity to transcribe it. The photogram, as the most rudimentary photograph, allows me to look for the essence of the place by using simplicity and abstraction – to chisel away the layers in search for the core.”

Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer Installation image
Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer Installation image
Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer Installation image

Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer (b. 1978, former Yugoslavia) is a photographic artist presently working with wet plate collodion photograms. Her practice is informed by an experimental approach to early photographic processes and her interest in the image as object. Captivated by the fluidity of wet plate collodion, she manipulates the medium while simultaneously courting chance intrinsic to handmade photography: “I spray, dab and brush on the chemistry in a performative enactment rather than an image capture. (Sometimes, the brush strokes leave physical marks on the emulsion.) In essence, I am negotiating with the chemistry, guiding it. But only to a point. The chemistry has a say in the final image.”

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