Alena Zhandarova is a young Russian artist. Using photography as the main instrument of interaction with the space, she creates a special atmosphere of magic, which builds on experimentation and the fresh air of ordinary things in unusual situations.
She is mostly working through portraits, where the person or herself performs as a ground for sculptures, which she can mold and from which she’s able to create something new, find answers and set new ones.
She is the winner of LensCulture Student Award and Luceo Award, honorable mention of Encontros da Imagem Festival in Portugal, finalist of Art.Laguna Art. Prize in Italy and finalist of Photovisa Festival in Russia. Her works were exhibited in FOCUS PhotoFestival in India, European Center of Arts in Germany, Kyosato Photographic Museum in Japan, Kolga Tbilisi PhotoFestival in Georgia, Museum of Modern Art “Erarta” and Lumiere Brothers Gallery in Russia, Pingyao Photography Festival in China, Copenhagen Photo Festival in Denmark, Backlight Photo Festival in Finland, Phodar Photo Biennal in Bulgaria, Meyrin Cultural Center in Switzerland, Aarhus Art Center in Denmark, Getty Images Gallery in England and others. She had studied Fine Art Photography at European Institute of Design in IED Madrid.
About the project
“Puree with a taste of triangle”
I adhere to the philosophy that everything I do should be a continuation of myself. Only in this way it will be honest and impregnated. I believe, that despite of the fact that there are billions of people living on Earth, we all have out-and-outer predestinations, abilities and obligations before the higher forces. One of my goals is to investigate the border between habitual and unfamiliar. I want to drive attention to it because it’s a miraculous tool that we can use to change our perspective of the world to be in motion, like the planet always is. That is why, perhaps, most of my photographs look absurdly and jocular. It’s hard to perceive the falling of engrained prejudices without smiling.
I like to try something I didn’t do before, to expand the perception of the world. I’m fascinated by the opportunity to try myself as a fabler with my own heroes, the chance to transform my inner feeling of the world to visual form, from chaos to cosmos. It attracts me as a big power, the freedom of choice and will.
I’ve explored the theme of uniqueness and diversity of each person, the connection between inner and external world. I’ve broken the conventions in which I was placed and tried to create my own rules of communication with the universe.
I am inspired by the idea of combining incompatible, creating something out of nothing, amazing coincidences, which then develop into the unique stories.
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