Tereza Buskova (left) and her muse Zoe Simon.
Tereza Buskova celebrates and re-interprets long established customs with performance, print & video. Her work is not built on existing facts of past folk practices alone. It is a personalised exploration of the feelings and fantasies bound up in our rich festive celebrations. Her performances depict an improvised portrait of the rites of passage, which reflect not only the change of season, but also sexuality, fertility and the powers of rural mythology. After researching how people faithfully practice their traditions and rituals she then reinvents them with her collaborators and local communities. Among many others, actor writer Zoe Simon and cellist composer Bela Emerson have continuously contributed to realizing and re-interpreting the artist’s vision.
Tereza Buskova (b.1978, Prague) is a Czech artist who lives in Birmingham with her young family. She completed her Fine Art Printmaking MA at the Royal College of Art in 2007. Since her graduation from the RCA Buskova has been exhibited by David Roberts (Rituals, 2008), Anita Zabludowicz (A Tradition I Do Not Mean To Break, 2009) and Newlyn Art Gallery (Rituals Are Tellers Of Us, 2013) among others. She has exhibited, performed and lectured in a broad range of different spaces, including Lincoln’s Chambers Farm Wood (2010), Islington High Street (2012), Kunstnernes Hus Oslo (2014). Buskova recently screened her work in Reality Czech: the Czech Avant-Garde Now, 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, in association with the Czech Centre.