Esther is currently working on her first monograph of images and essays, Fulmine - On Sleeping and Drowning, forthcoming by Stanley/Barker.
Current and Recent
Inside the Camera's Belly, an essay on desire and vision, is featured in The Photographers' Gallery online Viewpoints.
La Movida at HOME Manchester with Bruce LaBruce, Derek Jarman, Linder Sterling, Esther Teichmann and others, curated by Sarah Perks.
The exhibition sets new commissions reacting to the movement alongside existing international works that explore major conceits of La Movida less directly including freedom and excess, hedonism and transgression. Forty years since the transition to democracy, the exhibition and its related films, performance and literature present a re-imaging of a movement with a strong contemporary artistic and socio-political resonance today.
The accompanying publication, Dark Habits, explores freedom and indulgence, hedonism, transgression, sex and moral conventions through short stories, poetry, essay, experimental writing and flash-fiction in this new publication.
Featuring contributions by Oreet Ashery, Shumon Basar, Marissa Burgess, Luis López Carrasco, Mercedes Cebrián, Chantal Faust, La JohnJoseph, Jonathan Kemp, Anne Louise Kershaw, Omar Kholeif, Patricia MacCormack, Adam O’Riordan, Sarah Perks, Heather Phillipson, Natasha Stallard, Esther Teichmann, Greg Thorpe, Jason Wood & James King.
Heavy the Sea at Transformer Station
Immersive installations take the audience into an alternate orphic world, moving from beds to swamps and caves, in search of a primordial return. Here, the photographic is loosened from its referent, slipping in and out of darkness, cloaked in dripping inks, bathed in subtle hues, evoking a liquid space of night. Narratives of loss and desire are entangled like the glistening tentacles wrapped around the artist’s body. Like the coral of the Red Sea said to be formed by Medusa’s blood spilled upon seaweed, Teichmann’s work transforms one thing into another, sliding between autobiography, fiction and myth, still and moving image, sculpture and painting.
Esther Teichmann’s photographs, films and writings, picture mothers like caves, sisters like seashells, lovers like moons, tears like waterfalls. Entering the octopus darkness of Teichmann’s caverns we find ingestion and emission, mother and daughter, sister and sister, black and white, lover and lover, surrealism’s erotic jolt: the irritant that makes the pearl. Seashells with apertures like cameras. The womb as oceanic. Lovers as moons. Holding as withholding. Day as night.
In Transformer Station’s presentation, Teichmann painted the main gallery in deep muddy tones, transforming the space into a layered liquid montage. Painted photographic backdrops of swamps and caves are juxta-positioned with cyanotype seaweed creatures, a boat with cloud sails and photographs of figures dreaming in and wading through other worldly spaces.
The smaller Crane Gallery features three durational looping films, created separately, yet in dialogue with one another, forming a fragmented narrative of continual movement. Teichmann worked with international composer Deirdre Gribbin to create an original composition whose sound floods the room. Figures move towards one another with a languid, certain urgency, promising an arrival we never witness. Teichmann filmed canoeist Carlos Tapuy in the Amazon, travelling with him daily on his journeys. A silent trance like meditation ensued, he concentrating on gliding down narrow shallow waters, her gaze never wavering from his body, camera pressed into her to hold still. In a curtained boat-bed dancer Sophia Wang moves in an auto–erotic continual motion as though underwater or in a dream. Another image shows a tiny tree standing alone in an overgrown rain forest, swaying to a different beat from the foliage surrounding it.
A zine published by Transformer Station, designed by the artist and Studio Hato, combines short stories and images by the artist with poems written in response to the work by artist-historian and writer Carol Mavor.