In conversation: Natalie Czech & John Holten

4 May 2017

Artist Natalie Czech, whose work blurs the act of writing and photographing, is joined by Berlin-based writer and ongoing collaborator John Holten to consider the conflation of language, fiction and photographic imagery. Through reading and conversation, the pair explores the close relationship between reading and seeing. 

Natalie Czech was born in 1976, in Neuss, Germany. Czech’s work makes links between photography, text, and systems of signification. Upcoming and recent solo exhibitions include Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg; gb agency, Paris and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; KM - Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz; and Museum of Modern Art, New York, among many others. She lives and works in Berlin.

John Holten was born in 1984 in Ireland. He holds an MPhil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin and a BA International from University College Dublin and the Sorbonne-Paris IV. He practices as an artist, publisher and writer. His first novel The Readymades was published in 2011 and was followed by the novel Oslo, Norway in 2015. He has written fictional or immersive texts for many artists, most recently for Ari Benjamin Meyers, Jonathan Monk and Natalie Czech. In 2009 he co-founded Broken Dimanche Press and programmes an exhibition and reading series at Büro BDP, the project space of the press, located in Neukolln Berlin. He is the recipient of a Literature Bursary from the Irish Arts Council and Culture Ireland travel grants.

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