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For the summer Open Studios exhibition held at the Glogau AIR residency, the studio was transformed into an exhibition space for a two-day event. The goal was to present works created during the first three months of a residency term at Glogau AIR, during which Lena Zak explored the theme of burnout as an intricate, personally lived-through, intimate experience and a common result of many pressures towards women in our social environment, as well as our own inherited beliefs. Zak prepared works in painting, object, and text, representing some of the phases of burnout, such as chaos, overwhelm, hope, the feeling of being in a dark place, and, finally, a visual representation of the burnout state. As fire and ash are traditionally considered remedies for lacerations and deep wounds from women's folk medicine, Zak researched ways how to incorporate it during her creation process, to create pieces which metaphorically portray not only a very fragile state of burnout, but also healing and ability to start anew.

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