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We’re a multidisciplinary art studio based in V22 Studios Hackney, East London.

Very Tender is the collaborative output of British photographer Oliver Grabowski and Canadian book artist Karen Correia da Silva.

Working across and between media, we produce multi- and transdisciplinary works spanning bookmaking, printmaking, photography and assemblage art. We strive to articulate the in-between by creating works and collaborations that play across the boundaries between disciplines and forms.

Karen Correia da Silva is a Portuguese-Canadian multidisciplinary artist and publisher. Her artistic practice straddles the boundaries between poetics and media, manifesting in artist books, films, performances, and zine-making. She holds a PhD in poetics and, as her primary practice, her transdisciplinary aesthetic emerges from her preoccupation with text and book-making. In 2008 she founded the Steel Bananas Artist Collective and Press in Toronto, where she continues to serve as Director and Publisher. She is the author of numerous artist books, and her work has been featured/ published/ exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York, Vienna, and London.

Oliver Grabowski is a British photographer and musician. With a specialisation in headshots and portraits, capturing genuine expression and meaning in human emotion drives his artistic practice. Preoccupied with the aesthetics of memories and dreams, Oliver’s work seeks to capture the moments and subtleties between thinking and feeling. His works span musical performance, photography and videography, photographic printmaking, and book projects. He has performed and produced work across the UK and Europe.