Nynewe ~ Michaela Knížová

Slovakia

Michaela Knížová

is a photographer born in Slovakia and currently living in Luxembourg, since the end of her studies at the Faculty of Arts in Košice.

In her early work she explores intuitive inner stories through self-portraits, filled with symbolism of classic fairy tales and traditional native folk myths, classic themes like saints but also elements of pop culture like horror movies. Her later work is more connected to sound and music, exploring the nostalgic landscapes of old black metal cover artworks and it's typography through her own romantic and melancholic vision.

The latest project 90 Days Without Night, which is going to be published as a photo book, is dealing with a personal dystopia. Suffering from social anxiety disorder, Knížová is building a very personal world devoid of all human trace, an inner land very distant from the landscape where the photos were taken. Using different techniques and embracing chemical as well as mechanical deviations during the photographic process, she creates her own intimate, supernatural and mysterious world.

It is an escape from civilization, physically, mentally and virtually. An escape from a loud, fast, extroverted world as well as an escape from the modern virtual world in which social media flood our minds with an overwhelming stream of trash and toxicity.

The mysterious wanderer seen in the photos is stuck in an eternal day. A post-human without identity searching for shadows, hoping to experience a calming night, looking for darkness in each winter storm, in each cloudy day.

"My art is intuitive with inner stories and with my inner myth. I started as a painter and, besides videos and performances, devote myself mainly to photography under the name of Nynewe.

I work mostly with myself, with my personality and with my body, using self-portraits to express my artistic intentions. My topics are often related to forgotten stories or dark paranormal feminity, filled with symbolism of the classic fairy tale and traditional native folk myths.

I re-interprete archetypes, transpose them to modern times and give them a female view. I let my body become part of the places I use and melt them together with classic themes like saints but also elements of pop culture like horror movies. I want to create, with my body at the centre, a vision of unsettling shadows that still haunt the man in the civilized world."