Yanina Boldyreva‘s photographs from ‘Broken Space’ are terrifying images, are bleak, full of an existential angst that permeates through every facet of the picture frame.
Each of these pictures attempts to tear the fabric of reality apart, the surface image of the photograph, and inject the innermost thoughts of the artist into it. It’s as if Boldyreva wants us to see beyond the physical world through her eyes; how she perceives the environment around her, how she’s emotionally affected by the people and the landscape that make up her inner and outer world.
It’s a brave journey she’s decided to undertake. Unlike a painter whose materials are conducive to expression Boldyreva has decided to take a medium, that captures what we think of as an objective truth, and pull it apart, drag it kicking and screaming into a personal realm that is imbued with the horror and passion of a lived life. The extremities of existence.
The result are these remarkable pictures that are imbued with a sense of hopelessness in the face of the inevitable. Her vigorous images may speak of an elemental love and a passion for life yet they also remind us that everything is temporary, that time passes and, like the seasons, we are born, blossom and die.
It’s a philosophical path she travels and these photographs reflect the immensity that encompasses her art. What we get out of her conceptual journey is the opportunity to look upon a series of pictures that are exciting, fresh, energetic and deafening in their silence. Here’s an amended version of what she has to say about her work:
Reality is frail, ambiguous, and is in constant existential movement, if we follow it, it is possible to receive a new picture of the world full of unexpected interrelations and senses. The same as torn threads in the lining of clothes, if pulled out we find out the latent thoughts and associations. The fabric of visual space torn by the camera gives a fuller portrait of life in which an external reality and the mental world of the person are inseparably linked and mutually interchangeable.