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Elizaveta Porodina

Elizaveta Porodina (born in 1987, Moscow) is a Russian artist, photographer and clinical psychologist known for her surrealist themes and use of symbolism. A collision of images fusing experimental scenarios and cinematic dreams; in which color wakens our emotional states into higher consciousness.

Porodina’s early years were impacted by the massive brutalist buildings in the city of Moscow. An unconscious influence that might have led her to believe that the strongest person is solitary. It is through her photography that Porodina explores her mysterious inner self and the unbridgeable distance that seperates her from her fellow human beings. To find herself in another dimension, where there is room to connect, or disconnect, and to symbolically surpass the normality of life. The last thing she perceives as: ‘the apocalypse of art’, in which normality forms the biggest threat for the creation and survival of her own artistry.

It was none other than her mother who imbued art into Porodina’s mind from a very early age. Stored in her subconscious, art is what became the extension and expression of «her self», implying that every single one of her photographs is a self-portrait. It is art that became&mdashand still is&mdashan inevitable part of her, and impossible to be seperated from. Stating that: “The further away you are from your art, the more likely you are to forget it.”

Her academic upbringing in post-Soviet Russia and her interest in emotional behavior have led her to study clinical psychology. This would lay the foundation for which she would later embark on her transformation into photography. It became a frame by which she is not limited, and as she quotes Sebastião Salgado: “If you’re young and have the time, go and study. Study anthropology, sociology, economy, geopolitics. Study so that you’re actually able to understand what you are photographing”.

Porodina doesn’t see photography as a normal human interaction, but rather as a magic ritual, where you can meet in another dimension and infuse things in each other. «There are only a few people in my life that can take me to their dimension and I call them muses.” Porodina metaphorically refers to her essence as a glass of water and the external influences are what adds the color to it. The artist firmly believes in doing what she intuitively knows, and lives like her spirit, in the now. Instead of spending time envisioning a future, Porodina comes to think of it in terms of transformation. To vividly envolve by learning and experiencing as much as possible.

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