Today is my second day as a human being. With this sentence, I usually introduce my practice as an artist and educator. I grew up not being able to connect to people until I was 16 years old and started my attempts to socialize much later. Why? There is no way to definitively answer this question, but I believe that there are certain truths to be found in the collective and the personal traumas, as well as the detachment from the society and struggle to find one’s own place within it. The struggle that I’m still going through and research in my practice.
With the background in photography, I work with people as collaborators, applying different methods of participatory art and performance in order to address the topics of intimacy, community and knowledge construction. Through my research, I aim to challenge the narratives around complex concepts such as ‘national identity’, ‘family’, ‘social bonds’ and ‘exclusion’. My projects are experiments, frameworks, or rather psychological spaces where people express their truths.
My long-term projects were exhibited at various international exhibitions and festivals such as Copenhagen PhotoFestival (Denmark), Format (Derby, UK), Chobi Mela (Dakha, Bangladesh), Cortona on the Move (Italy), Encontros da Imagem (Braga, Portugal), the Backlight Festival (Tampere, Finland), Encuentros Abietros Festival (Buenos Aires, Argentina) “Perchance to Dream” at Andrea Meislin Gallery (New York, USA), “New Saint-Petersburg” at Nieuw Dakota Gallery (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Moscow Photobiennale 2016 (Russia), Riga Photography Biennale (Latvia), The Month of Photography in Minsk (Belarus). I’ve got several prizes and honorable mentions in photography all over the world.
In 2014 British Journal of Photography included me in the list of young promising photographers “Ones to Watch”, and in 2016 I was selected as a participant of Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo.
I’m a co-founder of “Expert Photobook Review” project, a youtube channel that offers an alternative look on photobook reviews, inviting experts from various fields and industries, not related to photography, but connected with author’s ideas and intentions, to “read” the photobook and review it from their professional point of view.