Ilia Yefimovich documentary photographer and co-founder of “The Archive” Magazine. Today we share work from his series, “Reliance”.
My work researches the human conflict and its obsession with territory. I’m building a puzzle which represents the cultural evolution both in Russia and in Israel. As an observer, I find interest in the changes that society goes through, both in times of struggle and in everyday life. My work stretches between Russia and Israel, as two places I simultaneously live in. In Russia I have memories of my childhood, while Israel provides me with the prominent ability to see the change, as I sense it on a daily basis.
I am attentive to the world around me, searching for bridges that will connect the two parallel worlds in which I live in. While concurrently, I attempt to create those bridges.
Both the historical and the social paths in my work are profoundly important. We live in a very socially connected community , therefore I am obligated to serve the society.
As an artist who exhibits his work , I find it important to create a conversation with the viewer. As it’s important for myself not only to research and evaluate the surrounding , but to contribute to it as well. It is a known fact that there is no right way to look at things, however, I believe that there is a unique connection between people and objects. A connection that conceives new opportunities, new ideas. The Large format camera gives me the ability to sculpture a new surface, to relocate objects from the real world to my own. At this phase of my project there is no specific need in knowledge of the origins of each object, but what this objects (both landscapes and people) are creating in my new reality.
To view more of Ilia’s work, please visit his website.