Katerina Kuzmicheva
Space — Time

PRAFOTA 2020 Art Photography Short-list
An awareness or sensation of a physical environment, region or location is usually referred to as a "sense of place". This incorporates the emotional response to the place as well as to the area’s physical nature. The places I find special and visit are not always the most beautiful ones — at first glance. Yet, my emotional connection to them allows me to present them in different ways and on different levels. There is a village in Belarus which is one of such special places in my life. When our daughters were born, my husband and I bought a small house on the bank of the river Vilija. My husband happens to have often spent vacations in that village as a child. Having come there, I started creating my own photographic archive, shaping what would be memory to my daughters. When I discovered at that very place the archive photos of my husband’s family, it seemed to me it was not only about us experiencing ourselves in a specific spacetime — it was rather about the place itself. The place turned into a character connecting different generations. The past is in conversation with the present, maybe even with the future, in a bid to ensure its own reproduction. By combining the archive photos and the contemporary ones, I demonstrate how one and the same place possesses memories of different generations. The archives have become fluid and memory is actualized as a process that can be revisited and updated. The images of objects from the past saved for memory also call into question the way we construct our memories as well as the connection of the 'sense of place' to the 'sense of object'. By intermingling archive pictures and adding still life photos of the memorable objects, I reconnect space and time.
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