‘Not Bliss But Relief’ is an exhibition about intimate experiences. It pauses on subtle yet very-present movements. The heroine touches a friend during a fast-flowing gesture of a greeting. She is in a sleeping pose, choreographing her body without awareness of it. Finally, she cradles the turns inside of her.

‘Not Bliss But Relief’ brings together delicate publications by women artists that explore interconnections between the photobook medium, motion, and (cinematic) montage. The selection of printed matter is contextualized by a number of works in moving image and photography, as well as by take-away posters created on the occasion of the show.

Including artists and photobooks:
Valentina Abenavoli, ‘The Harvest’ (Akina Books, 2017)
Laurence Aëgerter, ‘Cathédrales’ (RVB books, 2014)
Ruth van Beek, ‘Dancing Figures (The Manuals #2)’ (Centerfold Editions, 2014)
Rukmini Chatterjee, ‘Cinéma’ (Multipress, 2011)
Sanne van den Elzen, ‘Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days’ (FW:Books, 2018)
Rebecca Fertinel, ‘Ubuntu’ (Lecturis, 2019)
Nancy Floyd, ‘Weathering Time’ (GOST, 2021)
Tine Guns, ‘Rocambolesco’ (self-published, 2019), ’Under The Pine Tree of the Moon’ (self-published, 2020), ’The Collector’ (self-published, 2018), ‘Amoureux solitaires’ (self-published, 2014)
Miho Kajioka, ‘so it goes, so it goes’ (the (M) éditions and IBASHO, 2020)
Yingguang Guo, ‘The Bliss of Conformity’ (La Maison de Z, 2018)
Katya Lesiv, ‘Lullaby 6’ (self-published, 2018), ‘Lullaby Boundaries’ (self-published, 2017), ‘I Love You’ (Ist Publishing, 2021)
Line Bøhmer Løkken, ‘Immersed in Stone – Black Ice’ (Multipress, 2018)
Ilse Oosterkamp, ‘melle’ (Van Zoetendaal Publishers, 2020)
Tatyana Palyga, ‘Express’ (Zoopark Publishing, 2017)
Julie Scheurweghs, ‘Mère’ (Kult Books, 2021)
Martine Stig, ‘Noir’ (FW:Books, 2016)

Curated by Daria Tuminas

Address: GALLERI IMAGE, Vestergade 29, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Opening time: 14-17 October 2021, 13:00 – 17:00

Daria Tuminas (RU, based in NL) is a curator at FOTODOK. Starting from 2017 and until December 2019, Tuminas worked as the head of Unseen Book Market at Unseen Amsterdam. Daria regularly contributes texts to various media, to name just a few: in 2017, she was the guest editor of The Photobook Review #12 published by Aperture; in 2018, she contributed a chapter on East European photobooks to ‘How We See: Photobooks by Women’ by 10 x 10 Photobooks; in 2020, she co-wrote a text ‘Is a Book Worth a Tree?’ for YET issue 12, and co-edited doc! photo magazine issue 46.