PhotographerTanja Verlak
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The series of black and white photographs was taken in various zoos from the Balkans to the Wales. the series emphasizes the issue freedom that concerns all beings.


The series of black and white photographs tries to express the atmosphere of closed spaces, artificially created, found in the coercive existential environment of a zoo. Through images of fences, steel bars, and the individual animals residing behind them, I was trying to achieve a unique/peculiar narrative suspense. This can also be understood metaphorically as the viewer is directed to an overall/general existential dimension. In terms of technical approach I used a middle format camera that would address the details (different greys) and I have heightened this with the darker/dim tonality of the whole series in the darkroom.

About Photographer

Education 2009 postgraduate studies at JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY, New Delhi, IN (dissertation “The Representation of Shock in ‘Documentary’Photography”) 2006 MASTER DEGREE IN DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY at ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS, FAMU, Prague, CZ 2003 Bc.A. DEGREE IN PHOTOGRAPY at ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS, FAMU, Prague, CZ Solo exhibition 2010 Tenzor Gallery, Ptuj, SI 2010 Muzikafe Gallery, Ptuj, SI 2009 TLR Gallery, New Delhi 2009 portfolio projection, Atelier de Visu, Marseille, FR 2009 Mihelič Gallery Ptuj, SI 2008 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pančevo, Serbia 2007 Stolp Gallery, Maribor, SI 2006 Fotopub, Novo mesto, SI 2006 Festival of Poesy and Wine, Medana, SI 2006 Photon Gallery, Ljubljana, SI 2005 Gallery Velryba, Prague, CZ *scheduled exhibition: Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, SI (September 14th 2011) Selected exhibitions and prizes 2010 Paris Photo 2010, Paris, FR 2010 shortlisted for LUCIE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP, New York, USA 2009 PHOTO SPEAKS 2009, International Festival for Photography and Video, Go Eu Museum of Photography, Pusan, Korea 2009 »NO PHOTO«, Obalne Galerije Piran, SI 2008 »VANISHING POINTS: THE VICIOUS AND VIRTUOUS CIRCLE«, London, UK 2007 »NEW PHOTOGRAPHY – PRAGUE'S SCHOOL«, Savinov likovni salon, Žalec, SI 2006 1st Prize »SLOVENE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR 2006« EMZIN, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, SI 2006 »ALL TOGETHER«, Weiden, DE 2006 »NEW F Slovene Contemporary Photography«, Maribor Art Gallery,SI 2006 »INTIMATE«, Obalne galerije Piran, SI 2006 Korotan, Vienna, AT 2005 »THE SELECTION FROM THE COLLECTION«, Museum of Gorenjska, SI 2004 »DIFFERENTLY«, National Museum of Photography, Jindřichuv Hradec, CZ 2002 Prize »IN side OUT«, Vilnius, LT 2002 »BROTHERS AND SISTERS«, the exhibition of three FAMU students on the festival »APRIL’S MEETINGS«, Belgrade, CS 2001 Prize »SLOVENE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR 2001« EMZIN, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, SI 1998 Prize »PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE«, Council of Europe, Barcelona, ES Permanent Collections Gallery of Contemporary Art, Serbia The Cabinet of Slovene Photography, Museum of Gorenjska, SI Art Collection Talum, SI FAMU Collection, Prague, CZ Working experiences 2011 lecturer at University of Primorska, Koper, SI 2010 editor of photography Ampak magazine 2010 The National Education Institute, Ljubljana, SI 2009 consultations, final projects of ICP students, International Center of Photography, New York, NY 2009 lecturing at VIST, Ljubljana, SI 2009 colloquia at Devi Art Foundation, Art, Shock, and the True Picture, Gurgaon, IN 2009 artist-in-residence ATELIER DE VISU, Marseille, FR (invited but could not attend) 2008 visiting lecturer at Jamia Milia Islamia University (JMIU), Mass Communication Research Centre (AJK, MCRC), New Delhi, IN 2007 visiting lecturer at Academy for Photographic Excellence, New Delhi, IN 2007 Jung Akademiker Service - JAS, Graz, AT from 2006 Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, status of self-employed in Culture, Ljubljana, SI Published work (portfolio) Personalities–a biography lexicon (SLO), Camera Austria International (AT), seconds.com (UK), Revolver Revue (CZ), A Ogni Cosa Il Suo Nome, Francesco Tomada (IT), Borec (SI), Edit Literaturzeitschrift (DE), Art History Journal (SI), Miteinander (CZ/DE), Photopub IV (SI), Emzin (SI), Ptujska knjiga (selection of literature and fine art work) (SI), skrito. si (SI), ReFoto (CS), Fotografija (SI)…