Olga Vorobyova (born Feodosia). Graduated from the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Faculty of Metallurgy (2014) and the School of Photography and Multimedia named after I. Rodchenko (2017). He works with the themes of memory, identity and manipulation, and is engaged in portrait photography. He mainly shoots on film and experiments with the medium of photography itself – he embroiders on the photographs, modifying the depicted objects in different ways. Lives and works in Moscow.
- 2019 – Palm Photo Prize shortlisted. London, Great Britain.
- 2019 – Residence at Jigongshan ART MUSEUM. China.
- 2017 – Residence by The Swatch Art Peace Hotel. Shanghai, China.
- Second place at “Young people in the XXI century – 2017”. Lithuania.
- 2019 – “Not all who wander are lost. Paths into China”. Jigongshan ART MUSEUM, China.
- 2019 – “Bursa Fotofest”. International Photography Festival of Bursa. Turkey.
- 2019 – Vantage Point Sharjah 7. Sharjah Art Foundation Gallery. UAE.
- 2019 – Palm * Photo Prize. Theprintspace gallery. London, Great Britain.
- 2019 – “Regarder le corps des femmes”, Immixgalerie. Paris, France.
- 2018 – “About me, please, about me”. Gallery 25 frames. Moscow, Russia.
- 2018 – The Circulation (s) festival. CENQUATRE. Paris, France.
- 2017 – Western curator compelled to show critical art in Mainland China. Shanghai, China.
- 2017 – Young people in the XXI century. Kaunas, Lithuania.
- 2017 – “Eighth level”. Center for Contemporary Art Winzavod. Moscow, Russia.
- 2016 – “Another Moscow”. School of photography and multimedia. Rodchenko. Moscow, Russia.
- 2016 – f / Stop Festival. Leipzig, Germany.
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Used to Be
Women are endowed with enormous cultural authority: for example, the patrons of animals and plants are usually goddesses and nymphs, their image is associated with the greatness and power of nature. At the same time, the social status of women and stereotypical perception of their role in modern society often remain unenviable. Reflecting on this paradox, Olga Vorobyova turns to portraits of Crimean women. She places representatives of different generations in the context of wild nature, comparing its freedom and exuberance with society’s conservative traditions and gender stereotypes. In provincial towns, idealism and ambition are often shattered by lack of opportunity and dogmatism; integration into society requires submission. The project is biographical: Vorobyova photographs residents of her hometown of Primorsky, which she left as a teenager. For her, it is an attempt to address the past, to reflect on her fate, and to imagine what her life would have been like if she herself had stayed in Crimea.
People always put their hopes for change and project their expectations and anxieties on the younger generation, the ones who will inherit the consequences of today’s political, economic and ecological decisions. In the project “Coast Kids” Olga Vorobyova creates a collective portrait of Crimean youth. The artist, who moved from Crimea as a teenager, returns to her homeland to look at the faces of those who are now growing up in a suspended political situation, an irreversibly deteriorating environment, and a troubled economy. Vorobyova is interested in the search for a fundamental beginning that would bring together representatives of different generations growing up in the same territory. Is there something unchanging, independent of circumstances, at the core of children’s experience, something that can be crystallized into pure human experience? According to Vorobyova, it is this “spark” of humanity, which photography helps to reveal that can become the basis for the society of the future.