Svetlana Biryukova

Svetlana Biryukova (born in Moscow) is a photographic artist based in Leipzig, Germany. In 2017 she graduated from Ostkreuz School of Photography under Prof. Ute Mahler. She shoots primarily with medium format film, and exclusively with analog technology. Her work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally.


vorhang / curtain


nacht / night


schnee / snow

17 SOMMER

What do we remember? why do we remember specific things, moments, even smells? What triggers memories?
In this work I reflect on my personal
memories, where subtle in-between moments have a greater importance than major events.
These seemingly single fragments yet produce
associatively a narrative frame with a lot of room for the viewer‘s personal
interpretation.
My memories are bound to a place
in the (Russian) middle of
nowhere
where
I spent every summer
– 17 summers.
a place
where vast meadows meet a drunken river
where religion meets superstition
where a flying glowing soul and mermaids exist
each photo is a fragment
symbolic, abstract, concrete
mysterious, sorrowful and poetic.

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poem written for “17 SOMMER”

das feld schläft
buschiges, zitronen-
gelbes meer
während du
schwimmst darin
dir den mund
überreif und klagend
hältst
deine augen
und die schafe
jagen sich selbst
schatten kommen
gehen wie herden
wo
ist dieser tempel
in den du schlüpfst
wie unter deine lider
den du dir auf
dein herz tätowierst
kleine regenschauer
zotteln
dahin, bis
jemand kommt
der dich sucht
es ist alles
schwarz um
diesen körper
dein lichtes, luftiges
netz
hebt sich
Peggy Neidel, 2017


schein / glow // flying glowing soul


tattoo


ikone /icon


schatten / shadow


orangen / oranges


gras / grass


wolf // a character from a Russian lullaby


kreise / circles // an alternative healing method


portrait


hand // orthodox sign of the cross


wald / forest


vogel / bird // symbolizes coming death


grab / grave // plastic flowers on graves is a common Russian practice


samt / velvet

To view more of Svetlana Biryukova’s work please visit her website.



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