Originally from Vienna, Krystina Stimakovits is a visual artist living in London. Her photographic work explores the realm of man-made surfaces and layers to be found within urban sites of transition.
The city is a place of perpetual change of abandonment, demolition and construction, where everyday we encounter an incongruous mix of man-made and organic forms. Stimakovits mines visual challenges and delights from dividing structures, such as glass, mesh, fencing and hoardings. These provide layers that act as both a barrier and doorway to visual fields, hiding and revealing in equal measure. For her these offer fertile metaphors for the complexities of contemporary living.
Stimakovits exploits photography’s ability to represent and transform the real in the same instant. She finds a certain solace in the fact that as a photographer she is able to dig beneath appearances. She does this through the tension between the familiar and the uncanny, a recognition that ‘straight' photographs are 'factual enigmas’.
Photobooks and Exhibitions
Stimakovits has published several photobooks. In 2016 she collaborated with a German photographer which led to the publication of ‘Linger’. Another collaboration with an abstract painter in NY resulted in the self-published ‘Duets'. Her works have been selected for several curated group shows in London, and two solo exhibitions in Budapest (PH21 Gallery and National Szkene Theatre - 2015 and 2016).