During the isolation I had to refuse all of the planned photoshoots. I immersed myself into investigating my old photos.
Earlier I used to take photos every day and I did not have a purpose to create a series.
Due to several years of studying photography a pile of forgotten photoshoots has accumulated and the period of self-isolation turned out to be the time to reflectively look back into the past.
I found out that photography does not bring me back to the lost reality. I can hardly imagine that ‘everything was exactly like this’ in the past. Fragments of memories completely transformed in my mind. And the photos did. My photos do not check with my memories. They seem to be opposite to each other.
The series of collages is my attempt to visualize the rift between the past and the present, to create a map of memories from which you can build an infinite number of new ones.
Kristina Sergeeva (1996) was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated from the Academy of Art and Documentary Photography «Fotografika» in 2019. Her artistic practice unfolds around black and white photography, photobooks and collages. Her research addresses topics such as post-Soviet space, personal and collective memory, and the visual perception of the environment and its impact on the individual. The goal of her projects is to expand the usual understanding of photography, to reveal her artistic statement through the visual interpretation of reality by focusing on the images, consistency and depth of photographs. Kristina is the founder and organizer of NIZINA FEST, works and teaches at the Fotografika Academy.