In Sickness and Beauty: The Photography of Evelyn Bencicova

Evelyn Bencicova, Black and White Magic, strange hospital scene with body on stretcher
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In haunting, theatrical compositions, photographer Evelyn Bencicova splices the beauty of vulnerability with the terror of illness and confinement. Recurring throughout her works are nude figures that crawl and cling together in empty, hospital-like rooms, their smooth, pallid skin evoking both a sensual euphoria and the fever of near-death. Sometimes the bodies arrange themselves into eerie, altar-like structures. In every otherworldly vision she creates, Bencicova has a brilliant way of stirring beauty and sensitivity within the dark, echoing corridors of fear.

Evelyn Bencicova, Touch Me, I'm Sick, collaboration with UY, eerie nude lineup in hospital setting Evelyn Bencicova, Touch Me, I'm Sick, collaboration with UY, eerie medical patients clinging to each other Evelyn Bencicova, Ecce Homo, pile of bodies in hospital-like room
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