I love Russia very much and take the best that it has. But also eclecticism is close to me, a mixture of many national elements under the sauce of irony, antilogics and feminism
Uldus Bakhtiozina, artist
"Russ Land" is a personal photo exhibition of russian artist Uldus Bakhtiozina. The series is based on the dark and wild side of Russian fairy tales, tightly bound with pagan culture and religious beliefs of ancient Slavs. Relying on the studies of the fairy tales origin, the background of their characters and her own experience, Uldus hyperbolizes their visual images in the medium-format film portraits. To the characters she adds highly detailed costumes of her own design, revising their nature and giving them a new lease of life in modern world. Thus each frame becomes the superposition of all the processes and it has a unique view of the lost and forgotten in the constant flow of time.
The goal pursued by the photographer in her exhibition is to create the feeling that fairy tales live next to us and exist in an inseparable connection with the modern world. That is why the images of the heroes depicted by the artist, on the one hand, are references to russian folklore, but, on the other hand, they follow the laws of the present.