Teresa Cos

This week we are exploring the work of the Fiveleveninetynine Collective of London, the creators of the Broken Train and A Royal Wedding.

Teresa Cos was born in Latisana, a small town in the north east of Italy. While she was studying as an architecture student, she began to develop a passion for art and sociology, and changed her focus to photography as a way to express her viewpoints on society. After graduating, she was part of an Italian team of architects commissioned by the French government to produce ideas for the future of Paris. She lived for seven months outside of Paris and created her first major body of work, which led to her to attending the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography MA program at London College of Communication. Now living in London, Teresa continues to be interested in the social behaviors and statuses that result from the promises of freedom and success typical of western societies.

Teresa’s work has been published and exhibited both in Italy and the UK. Her work was recently featured in Aperture’s What Matters Now and Teresa won the Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa for the 95th Young Artists Collective Exhibition’s 1st prize award. She exhibited at Photo Ireland Festival with the collective Five Eleven Ninety Nine and has been awarded the Honourable Mention by the Magenta Foundation with her project I Was There. The images featured below are from her series, Through the Spaces Between Moments.

THROUGH THE SPACES BETWEEN MOMENTS. Beauty. Nature. History. Knowledge. The Unpredictable. There is a sense of inexplicable fulfilment each time that we recognise these features in everyday life, when we realise that for a fleeting moment we unconsciously got in touch with a deeper understanding of who and why we are. We are born and we die. For as long as we can remember we have been trying to make sense of that. As of yet, we have not been lucky enough to find any satisfying answers. Since there is no way to envision the future, men is left helpless with history and the present. Men build museums to gather the memory and the grandeur of human kind. They inspire people and give them the means to lay the foundations for the next generation.

We create environments where we can admire the beauty of nature, where we can get in touch with the incredible wonders the world provides for us. All of this to create a sense of belonging and wholeness, both because men are often scared of isolation and because we naturally fall into the temptation of wanting to give The Answer to our existence. What if the wholeness of our existence was made instead of little pieces, instants, encounters, that if we were able to recognise would reveal the most precious thing we have; the ability to perceive with deep emotion sudden moments that are speaking some indescribable truth. And cling to them.