ABOUT

Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer creates image-objects using lens-less techniques as well as cameras. She is interested in photography’s relationship to time and the application of historical processes to contemporary subject matter. Nadezda is drawn to imagery where the physicality of the handmade object impacts the viewer’s experience and the medium itself shapes the storytelling.

Nadezda often looks to natural forms for inspiration, which reflects her connection to nature and concern for its survival in light of anthropogenic impacts on species and ecosystems. She is particularly drawn to illuminating forms that are seemingly mundane and easily overlooked, seeking to highlight their intrinsic significance as well to impart new meanings.

Over the years, Nadezda has focused on developing a distinct visual language using wet plate collodion, painting inner landscapes and conjuring up moods and metaphors. The fluidity of her chosen medium allows her to experiment, push boundaries and make the process her own. She welcomes the challenge of confronting the technical aspects and seeks the suspense inherent in working with chemistry that is in a constant state of flux.

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AWARDS, PUBLICATIONS AND EXHIBITIONS

2017
• “Light Sensitive 2017 — Celebrating Images From The Darkroom,” Art Intersection (Gilbert, AZ, USA).

2016
• Mono Visions Magazine, featuring work from the Solvitur Ambulando series.
• “Winged Synchronicity,” Duo exhibit with Kaden Kratzer, LightBox Photographic Fine Art & Printing (Astoria, OR, USA).
• “2016 Critical Mass” Finalist, Photolucida (Portland, OR).
• Co-juror with Kaden Kratzer for “Remnants: On the Edge of Avant-Garde and Antiquarian Photography” at LightBox Photographic Fine Art & Printing (Astoria, OR, USA).
• “Glass & Tin,” Don’t Take Pictures. Juror: Kat Kiernan.
• “Intimate Alchemy: 2016 Annual Juried Exhibition,” Plates-to-Pixels. Juror: Blue Mitchell.

2015
• “Book cover for CIRCE’S LAMENT: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry,” edited by Bianca Lynne Spriggs and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer.
• “Illuminate 2015 “Illuminate 2015,” The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO, USA). Juror’s Honorable Mention and Director’s Selection. Juror: Elizabeth Avedon. Director: Hamidah Glasgow.
•” New Alchemy-Lexington Camera Club 2015,” Anne Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown College (Georgetown, KY, USA), part of the 2015 Louisville Photo Biennial.
• “ACTINIC” Festival dedicated to alternative, historic and new analogue photo related arts, operating under the banner of the Institute of Photography Scotland’s ‘Season of Photography ” as well as the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Year of Light’ (Scotland). Winner of 2nd place. Jurors: John McNaught, Karen Harvey, and Alex Boyd.
• Mono Visions Magazine, online interview and exhibit by invitation.
• “What’s Old Is New Again: Alternative Photographic Processes,” Gallery 136 1/2 at PhotoSynthesis (Manchester, CT, USA). Juror: Jill Enfield.
• “H2O,” A Smith Gallery (Johnston City, TX, USA). Juror: S Gayle Stevens.
• Revela-T: Photo Festival of Analog Photography (Vilassar de Dalt, Spain).
• Featured artist for Lexington Art League’s Spring CSA (Lexington, KY, USA).
• “Poetry in Place: An ongoing symposium on Southern poetry.” Oxford American.
• “Lens-less,” M S Rezny Studio & Gallery (Lexington, KY, USA).

2014
• “Poetry in Place: An ongoing symposium on Southern poetry.” Oxford American.
• “Aura,” Lightbox Photographic (Astoria, Oregon, USA). Juror Michelle Rogers Pritzl.
• The HAND Magazine, Issue: 6.
• “Theme: ICON {Representations of Semiotics},”SEITIES (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). Juried exhibition and publication.
• “Altered Views,” Lightbox Photographic (Astoria, Oregon, USA), part of the 2014 Northwest Symposium for Alternative Process Photography. Juror S Gayle Stevens.