15.09.07 — 14.10.07 ‘Silently Mirrored’, Esther Teichmann

Throughout her work, Esther Teichmann explores the visceral quality of the human psyche and skin. Silently Mirrored brings together a series of photographs and a double screen film projection that examine the relationship of the self to the maternal body and to the body of the lover. Both relationships evoke desire and fascination as well as the fear of separation and abandonment, and it is these emotions that the artist confronts us with.

The bodies within Teichmann’s images are almost close enough to touch, yet are held at a distance by the inherent aspects of the photographic medium and surface. Like the mother’s skin, seen by the infant as a fragmented surface, and like the lover’s skin, too close to focus on, so each image demands the spectator to negotiate their own relationship to it.

Silently Mirrored is Teichmann’s first solo exhibition and concludes a busy year of group exhibitions including Storytelling at Man&Eve. She is currently collaborating with artist Spartacus Chetwynd to produce The Esthacus Teichwynd Photos for exhibition at Galerie Giti Nourbaksh in Berlin. Her work has also been selected for Nature and Society, a group exhibition at Etnograsfki Muzej in Dubrovnik and the Croation Academy of Science and Art. Nature and Society is curated by Robin Mason and also featuring John Stezaker, Andrew Grassie, Jo Stockham, Christian Ward, Barnaby Hosking, Tony Carter, Alastair Mackie and Daniel Baker.

Teichmann was born in Germany in 1980 and moved to Britain in 1998. She received a Masters of Fine Art from the Royal College of Art in 2005, and continues to live and work in London. She was listed among Art Review’s top 25 new artists in 2005 and her work has been featured in publications including Camera Austria, Capricious, Creative Review, Dazed&Confused, Hotshoe, I-D, V&A Magazine and Wallpaper. Teichmann is currently an MPhil/ PhD by practice student in the fine art department at the Royal College of Art.

A catalogue, with an introductory essay by Carol Mavor is being published in association with Silently Mirrored, read the essay here