Talent of the Year 2020 - NOMINEE: Kristina Sergeeva
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How Sasha Litvinov buried the gun
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My grandfather's name is Sasha Litvinov. He died when I was 5 years old. My parents threw away almost all the things that were left of my grandfather. My first attempt to stay with someone who has been gone for a long time — a box with his things. Since then, I have been interested in the phenomenon of memory, the relationship with the past, its influence on the present.
Memory tends to collect, save letters, keep diaries, and pass stories from hand to hand. A person needs to leave fragments of his life to the future generation in advance and be sure that, that someone would remember him.
Post-memory is the transfer of memory to the next generation. It is inseparable from attachment to the family, roots, traditions, as it is inseparable from grief and memory of wars and conflicts. We think the past can influence our lives. Close relations with the past create new memories, reconstruct them. A person has a craving to relive something that cannot be returned. Time loses its linearity. The «celebration» of tragedies forms our loyalty to the past. Sometimes it traumatizes, clogs the consciousness between reality and fiction.
Kristina Sergeeva is a young photographer, born and lives in Russia. She completed the full course of the Academy of Photography in St. Petersburg in 2019. Her works were presented at the annual Young Photographers of Russia competition in the summer of 2019. In 2020, she entered the top three winners of the Belgrade Photo Month.
Kristina began her career with the study of personal injuries and stories, transferring them to public space, thereby rethinking the phenomenon of memory in the broad sense of the word. In 2019, Christina began her project "How Sasha Litvinov buried the gun", in which she reveals the trauma of her family - the death of her grandfather. Why is it important for us to keep, keep memory? Why do we attach importance to the past? What is the role of memory in collective consciousness? These are the main questions of Christine's research.