Conceptual - NOMINEE: Maria Kokunova
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This project has become a visual expression of my pregnancy journey and experience of giving birth. I've been child free for a long time. But one day I've understood that something inside me has changed, my attitude to motherhood has changed, I could become a mother. That was a strange but at the same time interesting feeling. During my pregnancy I had been observing the changes in my perception of reality: my senses grew sharper, sometimes the tree-dimensional space started to distort, its regular metrics shifted and started to crumble away. At those moments it seemed I was falling down a black hole losing my foothold, about to vanish into non-existence. At the same time, something spontaneous, wild and nevertheless so natural started to wake up inside my new self, a feeling of being a part of some natural well-regulated process.
I was pondering on what our conscience is and what makes up that other conscience living inside me. Where did it come from? Where is the border between me and that outer world? Why does it sometimes become so vague and starts to glimmer? What does it all mean at all? What made me so perceptive to what lies beyond words after that deep personal experience?
Photography does not help me to find the answers but rather encourages me to go on putting questions, go on with my observations in an attempt to understand myself.
(b.1983, Armavir, Russia), an artist, works with photography, collage, appropriation images and document performance art, participant of the Attention Hub! Based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
The problem of personality and the mechanism of subject constitution are the main themes laying in the sphere of her interests. In her works she focuses on the process of self-reflection and searches for visual metaphors to be used for examining her life in order to translate the emotional and psychological state into some visual form. Instead of forcing herself into a formal framework, she uses various visual modes and employs a greater variety of photographic techniques and styles to create a complete visual image.
2020 - Sony World Photography Awards Professional competition's Discovery category - winner;
2020 - Riga Photomonth 2020 - shortlist;
2020 - Shortlist for 'Sacred. The Expirience of beyond’ by Urbanautica;
2019 - New Talents, PEP, Berline, Germany;
2019 - Bird in Flight Prize '19 shortlist for the special nomination Editor`s choice;
2018 - Selected author of “ULTRA // UNPRECEDENTED CHRONICLES”, Sedici, Prato, Italy;
2017 - Nominee of PhotogrVphy Grant in Conceptual category.
Group Shows (selected):
2020 - SWPA2020 online winners-gallery;
2019 - NEW TALENTS, Tete, Berlin, Germany;
2019 - PRESENCEFESTIVAL, Sevcableport, Saint-Petersburg;
2019 - PHOTOBOOKZINEPRINTPRESSFEST, Bertholdt Centre, Saint-Petersburg;
2018 - Volumes Edition 2018 at Kunsthalle Zürich;
2018 - “ULTRA // UNPRECEDENTED CHRONICLES”, Sedici, Prato, Italy;
27/06/20 - Fisheye Magazine;
9/06/2020 - SONY.RU;
05/2020 CTypeMag vol.2;
01/2020 Yogurt Magazine;
11/2019 PEP, Berlin;
07/2019 Bird in Flight;
07/2019 L'Oeil de la Photographie;
05/2019 Humble Arts Foundation;
05/2019 FK Magazine;
03/2019 Float Photo Magazine;
10/17-11/17 F-STOP MAGAZINE/Issue#88;
12/2017 Der Greif;
11/2017 Bird In Flight;
11/2017 Don’t Take Pictures;
11/2017 Dodho Magazine;
10/2017 The Lucky Jotter;
10/17-11/17 F-STOP MAGAZINE/Issue#85;
25/06/2017 Don’t Take Pictures;
21/06/2017 PRIVATE photography & writing;
2020 - The Rodchenko Art School, Moscow, Russia;
2019 - A personal course Intellect or Susceptibility by Ekaterina Vasilyeva, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2019 - Educational program with Nadezhda Sheremetova Photography and new niches, Foundation FotoDepartament, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2018-2019 - A personal course The Diary of the Other by Ekaterina Vasilyeva;
2017 - 2018 - Educational program with Nadezhda Sheremetova "Overcoming photography", Foundation FotoDepartament, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2017 - 2018 - A personal course The Autobiography of the City by Ekaterina Vasilyeva, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2017 - A personal course The Feeling of Home by Ekaterina Vasilyeva, Photo School St. Petersburg photographer, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2017 - Workshops, Foundation FotoDepartament, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2016 - A course of lectures by Ekaterina Vasilyeva Photography as art. Genres of photography from the point of view of the 21st century, the "Art of PhotoGallery", Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2015 – 2016 - "Fotokunst" – Nadja Kuznetsova`s photo school, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2014 - 2016 - A personal course of Dmitry Konradt, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2013 - 2015 - Educational Foundation St Petersburg photographic workshops, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2005 - Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, Pyatigorsk, Russia.