(Image by Tasha Goss, 2019)

michaela davidova
michaela.davidova@hotmail.cz
+31630540204
@aytacrayta



Qualification


Sep 2020 - June 2022
AKV/St-Joost, Master Institute of Visual Cultures
MA Ecology Futures

Sep 2016 – Jun 2019   
School of Art and Design, Cardiff, the UK
BA (Hons) Artist Designer: Maker

Jan 2018 – Jun 2019   
Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Exchange study Fine Art and Photography: Social Practices

Nov 2015   
The University of Edinburgh on Coursera.org
3 week course Photography: A Victorian Sensation, the UK


Exhibitions


30/06 - 03/07 2022
Constructed wetlands & Deconstructed borders, graduation show MA Ecology Futures, 's-Hertogenbosch

08/04 - 15/05 2022
Constructed wetlands & Deconstructed borders, solo exhibition, Hot compost gallery, Leeds

22 - 23/10 2021
OFFO, International Pinhole Photography Festival, group exhibition, Jastrzębie-Zdrój and Olza

08 - 20/10 2021
Re-nature, group exhibition, 's-Hertogenbosch

12/06 2021
EYE Film Museum Amsterdam, short film screening, Film Research Lab, Amsterdam

08/08 - 30/08 2020
Benefit for Brabant, group exhibition, PARK, Tilburg

16/01 – 25/01 2020
exTra #1, group exhibition, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg

25/07 – 04/08 2019
Object-ivity, experimental photography and sculpture, group exhibition, Offshoot Gallery, London

12/06 – 16/06 2019
Going in Circles, photography and installation, solo exhibition, Hoxton 253 art project space, London

23/03 – 21/04 2019
Makers 2019, crafts, group exhibition, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

12 – 18/11 2018
The Bowl, crafts, group exhibition, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff

31/05 2018
It might not be there, public art installation, group exhibition, Rotterdam

23/03 – 22/04 2018
Makers 2018, submission for the British Art Medal Society, group exhibition, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

13/01 2018
Whitechapel Gallery Family Day and Pinhole Camera Display, group showcase of pinhole cameras, Whitechapel Gallery, London

27/10 – 28/11 2017
OFFO 2017, Festival of Pinhole Photography, group exhibition, Jastrzebie-Zdroj

07/05 – 07/06 2017
The Journey, pinhole photography, solo exhibition, Arthouse Gallery – Ty   Celf Oriel, Aberystwyth

26 – 30/04 2017   
London Pinhole Festival, pinhole photography, group exhibition, Four Corners Gallery, London


Project coordinator and co-curator


2021 - ongoing
WARP exhibition project co-curation
SEA Foundation, Tilburg

2021
curation of the series of reading groups
SEA Foundation, Tilburg

2020
#sea_youhere 2.0 on art and sustainability
SEA Foundation, Tilburg


Talks/Workshops


24/09 2022
Photographic Garden
Leeds Arts University

22/09 2022
Hybrid chemigram workshop
Take it Easy Film lab, Leeds

18/05 2022
Graduation Hub
V2 Lab for unstable media, Rotterdam

23/07 2020
Talks on sustainable darkroom - recycling in art practice
London Alternative Photography Collective, online

25/01 2020   
#pinholecameranotabomb and Caffenol-C developing
Kunstpodium T, Tilburg

15/06 2019   
#pinholecameranotabomb and Caffenol-C developing
Hoxton 253 art project space, London

06/04 2019   
Artist talk and workshop #pinholecameranotabomb
Being Media, The Beinghuman, Frome

22/09 2018    
Caffenol-C developing film in a coffee
Barista Cup Ostrava 2018, Ostrava

29/04 2018    
#pinholecameranotabomb
Pinhole Photography Day, Poortgebouw, Rotterdam

22/10 2017    
#pinholecameranotabomb
Made in Roath festival, Cardiff, the United Kingdom


AiR/Internships/Awards


Aug 2022
Artist in Residence - Dalby Forest
Yorkshire Moors, the United Kingdom

June 2022
EKP excellence in research award
St. Joost Art Academy, the Netherlands

Sep 2021 - Sep 2022
Artist in Residence - Photographic Garden
The Sustainable Darkroom Collective, Leeds, the United Kingdom

Sep 2019 – Jan 2020   
Intern
SEA Foundation, Tilburg, the Netherlands

Aug 2019   
Artist in Residence - DUPLO – Linea de Costa
Cadiz, Spain

Aug 2019   
Go Global Bursary
the United Kingdom

2012   
The project ''Silicon Heaven of Ostrava city'' won the title of the best project within the category ''For the joy'' announced by OKD
Ostrava, the Czech Republic


Published Write-ups


2022
Constructed wetlands & Deconstructed borders in re:source publication
The Sustainable Darkroom

2021
Peng Zhang in WARP
SEA Foundation

2021
Sabine de Graaf in WARP
SEA Foundation

2021
Kombucha printing in an online blog
Alternative Processes

2020
SEA Perspectives on Art and Sustainability
Texturmag


References available on request

I am a multidisciplinary artist passionate about photographic processes and a photographic darkroom. I envision the darkroom as an organism, and its users as part of its metabolism, transforming through the complexity of relationships that humans and non-humans share, figuring out a way to work and live symbiotically.

I am interested in unpacking and mapping the matter and things that are wasted, weathered, discarded, blurred, imprinted, forgotten, left behind, stored inside, layered, have grown within, in order to become attune, become aware, become anew, become.