During two years the artists Natasha Podunova and Nastya Rostova are working on the project called "Came from the sea", creation of which was inspired by the fact of existence of the ancient sea in the Urals in the Paleozoic era. The idea is in combining together two periods – the Paleozoic and anthropocene – thus to give the viewer the opportunity to feel the fleetingness of human existence, the incomprehensibility of time and eternity, to plunge into the pristine nature of being, for we all come from the ocean and walk along the ancient seabed.
Images stimulate desire. Behind the outer surface of the urban space visual images there is a layer of meaning that is symbols and signs. Visual reality should be seen as a cultural construct which is to be “read” and interpreted in the same way as a literary text; as a cultural "text" which reflects the history of the country, everything which was accumulated over the centuries in the same general appearance of the urban environment and contains "folk relics" themselves.
"The planet does not need a large number of "successful people". The planet desperately needs peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and loving ones of all kinds. It needs people which are good to live with. And this has little to do with "success", as defined in our society ..."
The Dalai Lama.
A series of single photos and mini movies about the invention of everyday life
This spring, when I visited my father’s grave, I had an urge to go 25 years back and capture the city as it was then, in my early years. This is a crazy idea. Still, I have visited the places which, for unknown (or vice versa - understandable) reasons, have been etched in my memory. Time is ruthless. So much has changed so quickly. Surprisingly, my first house remained almost intact, at least from the yard side, but the facade changed completely. I took photos and, using Photoshop, I’ve cut out all the changes which appeared with time, in a childish appliqué style.
While exploring of thingish culture the ethnographers, fine art experts and culture experts often address to crafts and traditions of the past. The 20th century and present days remain essentially unexplored, and yet there are so many interesting things about them: wooden huts with euro siding, swans made of automobile tires, palm trees made of plastic bottles, ladybugs made of helmets and much more.
In a bulk of things and objects which perform utilitarian household function, there are manifested valuable points, the characteristic features of traditional culture. Looking at articles of daily use culture in different countries, more exactly at the culture of villagers (as here people are less susceptible to unification and globalization), one can see the features of the national character.
In "Uklad" series I am looking for echoes of the Soviet past in the living space of the present and its influence on the future of the Russian people.
(in Russian - The fixed or established order in organization of something, the structure of something // Moral, ideological principles of life// Characteristic features of psyche)
Stereotypes are keyword to common perceptions of people with disabilities. A stereotype of the sort says people with disabilities are kin to an isolated caste. We rarely meet them in the street, and almost never in the theater, cafes, or supermarkets. Most people tend to think, "Thank God I'm not disabled." However, in our age of technological disasters it is naïve to look with detachment at the problems of the disabled, without trying them on ourselves at least in theory.
This book is addressed to:
Parents who disagree that their children are sick and flawed;
The disabled who want to live an exciting life;
"Healthy" people who think they are out of luck;
And all who lost their way.
Authors: Natasha Podunova, photographer, member of the Russian Union of Art Photographers and Оleg Kolpashchikov, a totally visually disabled, business advisor, yachtsman, President of White Cane social organization.
offset printed: colour
selfpublished 1200 copies
2013 - 2023
A fragment of a long-term project about the inner world of a blind child.
«He could have become a new Harry Potter - the Boy who survived no matter what. In the struggle between the light and the darkness, the light won. In the confrontation of the chaos and the order, the chaos retreated. Fate prepared for the boy more than living in the disease.
Andrei is 12 years old; at this age, the one who was the imaginary Boy fell into the place of Power where found friends and understanding of the destined way. Andrei is only 12, but he already asks questions which make us, the adults think. Even now he finds the answers which we do not even think about. How does the light feel by touch? How to feel the shadow? What is beyond the visible and the invisible border?.. We are used to trusting our eyes; closing them leads to the feeling as if the world around us seems to cease to exist. It is nothing more but a black point.