Fine Art - NOMINEE: Ksenia Yurkova
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Project Title: Empty expectations
«The photography actualizes the shape; the status and condition are put outside the brackets. The picture is the modality of developed in the gap between alive or deceased. Each shape is the Golem. Nonliving sub- stance. The assembly ma¬terial. Alchemy is always a deal.
Space is penetrated by this tranquility. Space like the regularity of nonspatial essences. The human being can’t achieve the order, but his eyes aspire it infinitely. The desire for destruction is ineffective us- age of the shape, the substitution of creativity and utility. To misuse, disassemble and look, what is inside and how it burns? To burn for the sake of pleasure from the are. And in the relations with alike – on the other side from the symbiosis.
For a joke to reassemble you to thirty non-organic chemical elements. For someone else to create a new life form, using the same material, but in the new sequence».
This project uses the method of deconstruction as the method of work with the picture and the method of as- sembling the narrative.
“Photography can also be used as a mechanism to examine itself. In her series Empty Expectations, Russian photographer Ksenia Yurkova (1984) expresses the process of photography. Thinking of the way that visual constructions can be expressed verbally, and vice versa, as well as the way that the subsequent reading of a translation can result in a semantic loss, Yurkova creates her images with a conglomeration of collages, Photoshop manipulations, and chemical experiments with lm and paper. She combines these photographic works with illustrations from two old books, a handbook of forensic science and a handbook of gynaecology, desiring to imbue her heavy minded philosophy with some ironic levity. Overall, she treats the series as an ‘alchemy manual’, a set of practical experiments related to the visual meaning of photography and its translation”.
Project: exhibition/ photobook
Katherine Oktober Matthews GUP Magazine Chief Editor
Ksenia Yurkova is an artist currently based in Helsinki. She works primarily with photography, video and artist’s books. The main focus of her interest is language: the varieties of its substance, the possibility of conversion, its mythological aspect, stereotyping (the question of personal and political self-identification and identification by others), problems of memory, attitudes, and reliance. Ksenia Yurkova has taken part in numerous shows and festivals worldwide. At the moment she is studying towards her MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki.
My selected exhibitions are 2011 Personal exhibition «Japerture» (St. Petersburg, Russia) Group exhibition «My Own Wilderness»/ «Photo/ arts Magazine» (USA, Philadelphia). 2012 Personal exhibition «Difference of Asia» (Budapest, Hungary) Group exhibition on the Festival of Street Photography (Moscow, Russia) Group exhibition «Young Russian Photographers» (Chelyabinsk, St. Petersburg, Russia) Group exhibition at Miami Street Festival (Miami, USA) 2013 Group exhibition «Young Russian Photographers» (Russia) Group exhibition Fotofilmic festival (Vancouver, Canada) Group exhibition at Loft Project Etagi (St. Petersburg, Russia) 2014 Group exhibition Kolga Tbilisi Photo (Georgia)
Group exhibition at Openborder Festival (Amsterdam, the Netherland)
Group exhibition at Loft Taiga «Impressed» (books and zines) (St. Petersburg, Russia) Group exhibition Instititute.Production (Kazan, Russia)
2015 Group exhibition «Young Russian Photographers» (Russia) Group exhibition Kolga Tbilisi Photo (Georgia) Group exhibition Lodz Fotofestival (Poland) Group exhibition Athens Photo Festival (Greece) PhotoEspana books exhibition (Madrid) Brownian Motion Experience (Moscow) 2016 Listhus (Akureiry, Iceland) “One or Two Approaches to a Landscape” (Iceland) 2017 Personal “Empty Expectations” (FI) 2018 KuvanKevat (FI)
Awards: 2013 Kuryohin Prize shortlist (RU) 2013 The Russian Photounion Prize (RU) 2014 Gomma Photography Grant (UK) 2015 Skammdegi Artist-in-Residence (Iceland) 2016 Dummy Award Kassel shortlist (Germany)
2014 - Letters for Two, and No-One Else, Dostoevsky Publishing 2015 - Empty Expectations (dummy)
2016 - Roads Closed (dummy)
2008 St. Petersburg State University
Faculty of Journalism, Visual Journalism Department, graduated with honours
2010 Postgraduate in St. Petersburg State University
Faculty of Journalism, Theory of Communications Department
2015 Fotodepartament.Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia)
2016 Academy of the Fine Art (Helsinki, Finland)