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.
Maria Kokunova (b.1983, Armavir, Russia), independent photographer, visual artist. Lives and works in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
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 - the result of a deep personal experience – into some visual form. She views photography as a dialogue with herself and a way of meditative thinking, Her works probes the theme of birth, fragility and transience of life. Instead of forcing herself into a formal framework, she prefers to concentrate on her own feelings, uses various visual modes to capture the shades of her own emotions, the mood of the idea, the subject or the place to create a complete visual image.
2017 A personal course The Feeling of Home by Ekaterina Vasilieva, Photo School St. Petersburg photographer
2017 Workshop with Nadezhda Sheremetova How to make a portfolio, Foundation FotoDepartament
2017 Workshop with Nadezhda Sheremetova Photographer and art market: galleries, fairs, online sales, Foundation FotoDepartament
2017 Workshop with Nadezhda Sheremetova and Yuriy Gudkov Exhibitions: from festival concepts to personal shows. Variety and communication of exposition practice, Foundation FotoDepartament
2017 Workshop with Yana Romanova How to make 5 out of 50: addition and subtraction for participants, Foundation FotoDepartament
2017 Workshop with Nick Degtyarev Exhibition layout and production process, Foundation FotoDepartament
2015 – 2016 Fotokunst – Nadja Kuznetsova`s photo shcool
2014 - 2016 A personal course of Dmitry Konradt
2013 - 2015 Educational Foundation St Petersburg photographic workshops
2005 Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, Pyatigorsk, Russia
2015 Fotofestival PFF, Saint-Petersburg
2014 Art centre Borey, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2016 group show Stendal Syndrom, Photo Loft Mayak
2014 Photofestival PFF, Saint-Petersburg
2014 Best of Russia, WINZAVOD CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Moscow
2014 group show in The State Historical Museum of Moscow (The Union of Photo Artists of Russia)
2014 Shortlist of MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards)
2014 Historical Museum of Moscow and the Union of Photo Artists of Russia, Moscow
2014 Best of Russia, Moscow
2014 Fotofestival PFF, Saint-Petersburg
25/06/2017 Don’t Take Pictures
21/06/2017 PRIVATE photography & writing