Evelyn Bencicova (b. Bratislava, 1992) is a visual creative specialising in photography and art direction. Informed by her background in fine art and new media studies (University for Applied Arts, Vienna), Bencicova’s practice combines academic research with an interest in contemporary culture to create a unique aesthetic space in which the conceptual meets the visual.
Evelyn’s work is never quite what first appears to be. Her photographs depict meticulously controlled compositions characterised by an aesthetic sterility, tinged with poetic undertones of timeless desire and longing. Evelyn constructs compelling narrative scenarios that blur the lines between reality, memory and imagination, “fictions based on truth”. Her disturbingly beautiful visual language set within curiously symbolic environments, allow for a deep exploration of the themes that take her works far beyond what they reveal at first glance.
While her career started with applied photography, since 2019 the practice shifted towards more immersive and experimental forms of story-telling, through collaborative projects using digital 3D techniques and virtual reality.
Evelyn’s client repertoire includes fashion and luxury brands such as Gucci, Cartier and Nehera, as well as cultural institutions such as Frieze, Berghain, Kunsthalle Basel, Royal Opera House, Slovak National Theatre and Ballet and Museums Quartier Vienna. In 2018, Bencicova was invited to create visuals for the Institute of Molecular Biology in Austria, and to perform at the closing ceremony for Atonal Berlin.
Evelyn’s commissioned and artistic projects have been featured in the likes of Vogue Portugal, Vogue Czechoslovakia, Vogue Spain, ZEIT Magazine, ELLE, Dazed & Confused, i-D, GUP, HANT, Frieze and Metal Magazine. Her work has been published in prestigious international photography books and on several online platforms (Juxtapoz, iGNANT.com, Fubiz media) and she has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the world – Fotografiska Stockholm, National Portrait Gallery in London, Barbara Thumm Berlin and Vogue Photo festival to mention few.
In 2016, Bencicova received the prestigious Hasselblad Masters. She was shortlisted and awarded by Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Berlin Masters Prize, Leica Oskar Barnack Award, BNL-BNP Award, VR Artprize, LensCulture, Independent Photographer, Gomma Grant, Life Framer, Photo IS:RAEL, Tokyo International Photo Award, Young Guns 17, Photo Vogue and OFF Festival. Evelyn was selected as one of 30 under 30 Female photographers of 2019 by Artpil.