TLJ Collab Projects Presents: Manifestation
The artists were given free rein to explore the concept, and asked to produce a short series of work reflecting this exploration.
"Despite being from different countries we have a strong connection and we’ve admired each other’s work for a long time. It has been a great opportunity to unite our vision and show it as a whole." - Elo & Alexis
Q&A with Elo & Alexis
TLJ: Tell us about the imagery behind the project's concept 'Manifestation?
E&A: They were previously produced images that worked well under the concept of Manifestation, somehow. It is quite a broad concept so it was easy to find a way for them to make sense and also very natural to pair them. So basically the work we did was to edit the images into diptychs. The images that Alexis used come from a work in progress which is called "Behind the Veil of Time" and they are quite recent; all made this past summer in the island of Leros. They revolve around the idea of timelessness. The ones that Elo used were some images that were taken some time in the previous three years, all from different places, but all managed to match Alexis.
TLJ: How did you both approach the project?
E&A: We approached the project as a visual dialogue. One would say something and the other would respond. We like this way of collaborating because it has something natural, almost organic, like a regular dialogue you'd have over a cup of coffee, only in this case we used images. It was like a little ritual, we would send some folder back and forth that was growing everyday with different images. It was definitely something to look forward to in the inbox everyday.
TLJ: Did living in different countries affect the project at all?
E&A: We’re based in Athens, Greece (Alexis) and Barcelona, Spain (Elo). Despite being from different countries we have a strong connection and we’ve admired each other’s work for a long time. It has been a great opportunity to unite our vision and show it as a whole.
What are the 'TLJ Collab' Projects?
The 'TLJ Collab' projects are a chance for two TLJ featuring artists to work together on a short or long term project. Each pair is given a topic to focus on and they create between 2 - 12 pieces of work to answer to this concept.
Over the next year we're looking to work with local and international artists to produce a series of collaborative projects. Once a collection of these projects has come together, we will be looking to collaborate ourselves with galleries, other showcases and institutes to extend this feature.
Each pairing is arranged by the TLJ team and submissions for new artists are welcome!
If you would like to take part in our TLJ Collab projects, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.