Lyudmila Zinchenko

Russia

How to explain first to myself what am I doing? Am I shooting the life? Am I watching the life? Thinking about life? We can try all the forms of language, use all the cameras, open up the language of new media, but say nothing new about life. Because the life its self is not about life…

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    1991-98

    Some work made during 1991-98

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    6х6

    1994-97

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    Alfabet of hands

    1998-2000

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    Moscow -Tver - St.Peter

    1999-2003

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    Home

    This is the house where I spent my childhood. In the first part of the project it still lives it's own life. But in a while it will become empty. And only things, the timekeepwrs, will remain....

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    Sambo 2007

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    Blue dream.Fairy tale. (2008-09)

    In the largest city of the largest kingdom, where the times of dreams had long ago finished, lived a girl from primeval forest and industrial apotheosis.

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    Moscow 2001-2014

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    Unobjective Moscow (2004-2005)

    Pinhole

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    Balkans 2011

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    Cities (2006-...)

    Great cities in Europe are similar to each other. This project is about their differences, the individuality of each. And it may be that what it is in the representation of the people, it is not living.

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    Hronicle of last winter (2012)

    A surge of civil activity occurred in Russia in year 2012. Enormous amount of people expressed their dissent with the results of parliamentary and presidential elections as well as the resentment with Putin's politics. Camera obscura that was used for picturing these rallies cannot produce a clear image. From the author's point of view this feature represents the character of the opposition movement, where there were no clear aims or trustworthy leaders, and the action was lost in confusion.


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    GUM

    2013

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    Garden of Lost Dreams

    pinhole, hand silver print, blue tonner


    2007; 2013

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    BYLINKA

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    NATIVE TONGUE. Chapter I. RAItsenter. (2010-2011)

    Every year the number of deaths caused by alcohol rises, and the population of Russia is rapidly falling. RAItsentr is a Russian abbreviation for the word raionnii tsentr, which usually denotes a small city or village. Coincidentally the first part of this word," rai", means paradise. I started working on this project in 2010. During this time 5 of 6 people died from excessive alcohol use.

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    Moscow. Zamoskvorechye.

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    Embroideress 2014

    Director: LYUSYA MATVEEVA


    The film consists of five short stories: «Helicopter», «Sunday», «Doggie-photographer», «Mausoleum» and «Apocalypses». They are united by one general action – the author embroiders these stories. This is a reference to the Ancient Greek myth about the goddesses of fate, which spinning the thread of human life.

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    Photobook "Russian forest"

    For all nations that can formulate their relation to the forest , the latter has never been simply a zone of dense vegetation. The forest beckons and entices. As we know from fairy-tales, the forest can be munificent… or it can kill. Countless myths, legends and superstitions are connected with the forest. The forest is a mystery, a place of power and a sacred domain. Perhaps we attribute such qualities to the forest, because its dark and desolate thickets and its luminous meadows resemble the inner world of man. Like the latter, the forest is full of secrets and contradictions.


    In the final account, the forest from Cherbourg to Murom is a territory of freedom. All the more in a country whose larger part is covered by forest: in Russia, forest is more than forest. It is part of the Russian national ethnic code – the forest itself as well as its images in classical landscapes.


    Perhaps we are this forest ourselves? A forest without boundaries, where happiness can turn into tragedy, grief into hope, despair into love, the sacred into the vile, and doom into… salvation. This forest is infinite, without beginning or end.

    Liudmila Zinchenko

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    POTATO

    This half-acted, half-documentary film with elements of absurdity, takes place in the Russian province of today.


    The entire life of main character Nadezhda Konstantinovna, circles around potatoes-- the main staple food.


    The story takes place under the background of never-ending propaganda in the media. And once the potato grows...


    Director: Lucia Matveyeva, Length: 21 minutes, Year of production: 2015

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    TEMPORAL PHOTOGRAPHY
 (2016)

    Photographs we are used to are mostly made using really short exposure time. Human visual system doesn’t allow us to distinguish such short moments as photographic camera easily does with it’s 1/30 or 1/250 or 1/1000 shutter speed. The goal of our project is to bring photographic vision closer to human vision by embedding temporality in it. Visually time could be defined thru motion, which appears unsharp and blurry in photographs made using simple long exposures. In our work moving or changing objects are shown sharp and clear, and unchanged areas are on a contrary blurry. For that purpose we are using soft- ware called TIMETRACE specially created for this occasion by Pavel Volkov.


    The founder of this genre can be named Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), one of the founders of chronophotography.

Lyudmila Zinchenko

Photographer. Artist. Participant of International Month of Photography “Photobiennale” and Moscow International Festival “Fashion & Style in Photography”, nominee for Kandinsky Prize for the best project of a Year 2011. For a long times worked as a photographer in various editions. She made prints from the original negatives of the classics of Soviet photography. Now teaches this discipline at Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. Lives and works in Moscow. Awards: Grand-prize Silver Camera (Moscow 2002, 2006) Collection: Moscow House of Photography Museum/ Multimedia Art Museum and private collections. Published in Kommersant, Newsweek (USA), Courrier International, Liberation, Le Figaro (France).

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Prose texts at proza.ru, Agency.photgrapher.ru, Six images photo gallery, Moscow House of Photography, Art Strelka Moscow