Author Archive for Mallory Bracken

Lily Zoumpouli – Selinophilia

Lily Zoumpouli

Selinophilia

[ EPF 2017 – FUJIFILM / YOUNG TALENT AWARD RUNNER UP ]

 

Capturing glances of the moments that passed us by, in times when we were

maybe too young to realise that they weren’t there to stay until eternity

would have torn us apart.

But still old enough to know they were worth noticing.

The need for a way of connecting through a medium with my own feelings and surroundings became the catalyst of this works existence.

Each photograph has a background story that carries on its shoulders the reason

for its own memory.

 

 

The distance that separates us from our subject is the one that needs to be walked, in order to find the reflection of our inner selves and others

combined into one image, forming a mixture of selves.

A connection being conceived within a captivating atmosphere that was inspired by the desire of transferring into another reality, forming a duality through the final outcome of the photograph.

The intense element of nude is depicting the return to an innocent comfort of being bare naked, but mostly of being pure towards yourself and towards the observer- displaying a self and its shadows.

 

 

Every so often there are staged moments representing a personal dive within every part that belongs to a past or a present, trying to be revealed through a newborn subject so to keep on recreating itself.

An autobiographical documentary combined with allegorical aspects give a sense of spontaneity along with the subconscious, and slowly take over during the process of discovering a world out and within our own individuality.

 

 

Short Bio

She took part in the Young Greek Photographers exhibition at The Benaki Museum as part of the Athens Photo Festival 2015.In 2015 she was offered a lifelong membership to exhibit her work on LensCulture professional worldwide photographer’s website. In 2016 her photographic project entitled “Discoloration” was selected as one of the ten favourite projects for 2015 by the editors of LensCulture “Favourite Conceptual and Fine Art Photo Series from 2015.” She became part of Atonal Photography Collective and had a group exhibition in Rome, Italy on Interzone Gallery curated by Michele Corleone 06.10.2016 | 29.10.2016. Selected To Be Presented At Photo Boite |30 Under 30 Women Photographers Of 2017. Followed by a photography exhibition of all the women photographers selected works on September 30th, 2017 on The Popping Club in Rome, Italy. She was short-listed for Gomma Grant Award 2016. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery at Dublin 2017 July 20th – August 19th.

 

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Mayumi Suzuki – The Restoration Will

Mayumi Suzuki

The Restoration Will

[ EPF 2017 – FINALIST ]

 

My parents, who a owned photo studio, went missing after the 2011 tsunami. Our house was destroyed. It was a place for working, but also for living. I grew up there. After the disaster, I found my father’s lens, portfolio, and our family album buried in the mud and the rubble.
One day, I tried to take a landscape photo with my father’s muddy lens. The image came out dark and blurry, like a view of the deceased. Through taking it, I felt I could connect this world with that world. I felt like I could have a conversation with my parents, though, in fact, that is impossible.

 

 

The family snapshots I found were washed white, the images disappearing. The portraits taken by my father were stained, discolored. These scars are similar to the damage seen in my town, similar to my memories which I am slowly losing.

 

 

I hope to retain my memory and my family history through this book. By arranging these photos, I have attempted to reproduce it.

 

 

Short Bio

 

Born in 1977 in Onagawa, Miyagi and now resides Tokyo, Japan. I work as a visual storyteller to find and create personal narratives. I was born and raised in a family who ran a photo studio founded by her grandfather in 1930 in the town of Onagawa. I studied at Nihon University, College of Art Department of Photography.

March 11, 2011. On this day an incident which changed my life has occurred. My hometown Onagawa was destroyed by the tsunami and my parents went missing. So I decided to start as photography artist to tell the story. I capture them as an individual and not just a faceless figures and leave the photographs as proof of their lives.

In 2014-2015, I had supported with Alejandro Chaskielberg as local location coordinator and professional support assistant in “Otsuchi Future Memories.” In 2016, I participated a workshop “Photobook As Object” by Yumi Goto and Jan Rosseel. I have developed a book with them.

 

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Mariya Kozhanova – Declared Detachment

 

 

Mariya Kozhanova

Declared Detachment

[ EPF 2017 – HONORABLE MENTION ]

 

The series “Declared Detachment” represents a generation of Russians which was born in times when well organized society and established identity fell apart. All myths and beliefs that were the driving force for generations before were destroyed. Children came into our time absolutely ideologically naked.

 

 

Now a lack of base and missing of foundation in society opened them a life which they could not trust. Forces for creating their own identity from the beginning were missing. In this moment, their society could not offer them any deserved faith, ideals or any other meaning. This young generation of Russians started to borrow it from totally different cultures.

 

Some of them declared their way through Japanese mass-culture of “cosplay” where in a simple, catchy, bright, spectacular, superficial world of anime heroes with attractive idols and colorful looks you could become any of those figures yourself. This generation escaped into a different ideology and tried to build their illusive world on the ruins of the past. But are their beliefs true enough for a new establishment or just a temporary detachment from troubles and imperfections of everyday life?

 

Short Bio

Mariya Kozhanova was born in 1986 in Kaliningrad, Russia. She is a member of the Kaliningrad Union of Photographers.

From 2007 to 2017, she exhibited with her photo projects in Russia, Lithuania, Germany, United States, Slovakia, South Korea, United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Japan, Denmark, and Finland. Mariya participated in the Houston FotoFest (2012) with a group exhibition of the Young Generation of Russian Photography. In the year 2013 and 2015, she was chosen for the Young Portfolio of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts. She was a World Press Joop Swart Masterclass 2016 student and 2017 she was awarded third place with her first book dummy “Two Sisters” during the Vienna Photobook Festival.

“Declared Detachment” was exhibited at the Singapore International Photography Festival (2014), at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2014), during Kaunas Photo (2015), at a solo show during the Festival de la Luz (2016) and recently during Backlight Festival (2017).

 

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Elena Anosova – Out of the Way

Elena Anosova

Out of the Way

[ EPF 2017 – FINALIST ]

The project was created on the far away territories of the Extreme North of Russia, where bad accessibility and isolation, special relationship with nature, and following the century-long ways of life involve unique mythology of the region where the fictional things are very often more important than modern reality. These lands are immersed into the flow of their own life activity, where the past and the present surprisingly interlace. My ancestors were hereditary hunters in a small settlement near Nizhnyaya Tunguska River. Almost 300 years ago they came to colonize Siberia, then assimilated into the Evenkis and founded a village in taiga. They lived in an old house as a large family with more than 15 children. 

 

 

Nowadays the population of the village is 100 adults, and all of them are distant relatives: those who are not brothers, are related in a neighbourly way. Life of this part of my family, my father’s siblings and numerous cousins and nephews, has not changed for centuries in that remote area surrounded with pristine wilderness. Modern civilization penetrates slowly and fragmentarily in there, it is intricately woven into the local way of life. The closest town is 300 km away, and the transport connection functions only in winter time. Local and family legends and traditions are still mighty in the settlement.

 

 

Short Bio

Originally hailing from the picturesque region of Baikal, artist Elena Anosova (born in 1983) is currently based in Moscow and Irkutsk. Anosovass work is centered around lives in closed institutions, isolation, social stigmatization. The impulse of research of such communities arose in a reflection of her teenage period spent at the closed rehabilitation boarding school. She would like to takes a closer look at the dynamic interplay of processes of isolation and surveillance, at unique qualities of emotional and social relationships within restrictions of artificially insulated societies. Also Elena Anosova works with subjects of borders, identity and collective memory in the territory of Siberia, Extreme North and Russian Far East.

 

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Matt Eich – I Love You, I’m Leaving

Matt Eich

I Love You, I’m Leaving

[ EPF 2017 – FINALIST ]

My introduction to photography was in childhood, as my grandmother was dying of Alzheimer’s disease. The hopelessness of her plight triggered something within me, and when my grandfather handed me a camera, making photographs became a way of stabilizing the insecurity of memory and accessing emotional resonance. If we are at risk of forgetting too much of our world, and ourselves, photography is the antidote.

I created this work during a time of general domestic unease, when my parents separated after 33 years of marriage, my siblings all experienced drastic changes in their lives and my wife, children and I moved to a new city.

The title of this series, I Love You, I’m Leaving, stems from the constant rhythm of my peripatetic life. It holds true when I leave my family to photograph strangers, and leave strangers to return home.

 

 

 

This series borrows from personal experience, and the visual language of the everyday in order to create a fictional account that mirrors my reality. Photographs are reductions, distillations, half-truths and complete fabrications. They can only describe the surface of things, while I am interested in the intangible – memory and emotional resonance.

 

 

Despite our intimacy, the people I am closest to are unknowable, and will always remain a mystery to me. I photograph with the knowledge that our place in this world is tenuous, comprised of little more than memory and story. Memory is fragile; the moments are fleeting and have to be wrestled into a permanent state.

 

 

Short Bio

Matt Eich (b. 1986) is a portrait photographer, and photographic essayist working on long-form projects about the American condition. He is a Professional Lecturer of Photography at George Washington University and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and two daughters.

Matt’s work has been widely exhibited and received numerous grants and recognitions, including PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch, the Joop Swart Masterclass, an Aaron Siskind Fellowship, and two Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography. Matt’s prints are held in the permanent collections of The Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The New York Public Library, Chrysler Museum of Art and others.

Eich studied photojournalism at Ohio University and holds an MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School’s International Limited-Residency Program. He has published two monographs, with three book publications scheduled between 2018 and 2020.

 

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Marta Giaccone – Systems of Harmony

Marta Giaccone

Systems of Harmony

[ EPF 2017 – FINALIST ]

Systems of Harmony is a personal portrait of 2016 suburban America. In the 19th century a large number of Europeans and Americans went to great lengths to establish small utopian communities throughout America. They were preachers, social reformers, industrialists, philosophers, anarchists, journalists and socialist thinkers who attracted large crowds to their intentional colonies. Nevertheless they were exclusive establishments, some religious in character, that saw in the vastness of the American wilderness a favorable economic, political and social environment. They didn’t last long: some a few months, others a few years.

I traveled to many of these former utopias drawn by their often evocative and tenderly pretentious names such as Utopia, New Harmony or Modern Times, out of curiosity for what those places look like now and wondering where America is, 150 years later.

 

 

There was German Pietist preacher George Rapp who created the Harmony Society (1805-1906) and, together with his Harmonites, aspired to be worthy of Christ and prepare for his return by purifying himself through celibacy, which turned out to be the main cause of their failure, as it prevented new members from within.

 

 

In Welsh industrialist Robert Owenss model working community (1826-1828), work and the enjoyment of its results should be experienced communally. In his idea of reorganization of society there was no private property, which, together with no individual sovereignty, again led to failure.

And then there was John Humphrey Noyes’ sect of Perfectionists (1848-1880), who created the practice of “stirpiculture” by which the male members should obey to continence and only the most spiritually advanced ones, first of all Noyes himself, were encouraged to procreate in order to produce superior offspring.

I used these and many more background stories as the basis to create my own trip around America.

 

 

Short Bio

 

Marta Giaccone (1988, Milan, Italy) received an MA in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales, UK, in 2014 and a BA in English and Hispanic American Literatures at the University of Milan, Italy, in 2011. Her work focuses on issues related to family and youth with a particular interest in the feminine perspective. She is also drawn to the juxtapositions of cultures and ideologies found within contemporary American society. Her practice evolves through long-term documentary projects shot on medium and large format film for a more intimate approach. She has worked for Richard Mosse as a production assistant for “Incoming”; for Magnum Photos NYC, Bruce Davidson, Alessandra Sanguinetti and Mary Ellen Mark as an intern; for Mark Power and Olivia Arthur as a translator. She has been among the finalists of many prizes and taken part in group shows in England, Wales, Italy and the US. Her first solo show “Ritorno all’Isola di Arturo” opens in Procida, Italy, in Sept 2017.

 

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