I work with photography, video, and performance with an interest in misunderstanding. Currently, I’m based between Saint-Petersburg, Russia, and The Hague, The Netherlands.
Since I was young and not able to speak to almost anyone except my family, I used a camera both as an excuse to be with people and as a shield to protect myself from them. In a way, 20 years later I’m still doing the same. I’m intrigued by how we create ideologies and concepts aiming to explain our actions and produce certain public images, and how our actions are different from those words and images, yet tell a lot about our desire to be together and stay independent. On a personal level it happens when we try to define such complex things as a family, friendship, romantic relationships; on a social and political level — when we think of national identity, mental and physical health, “right” and “wrong”. In my work — through photography, video, text, performance, and participatory practices — I look into these breaches in human communication and try to rethink them into spaces of possibility for action, reflection, and sentiment to change a perspective.
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 in Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo.
I’m a co-founder of the “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 the author’s ideas and intentions, to “read” the photobook and review it from their professional point of view.
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