Belkina's shots are based on a governed vision of the image where the compositions are designed with skill, controlling every single element and light effect thanks to the expressive potential that digital photography allows today.
Her most famous series of works "Revival" - which includes The Sinner (2014), the work that won the prestigious Hasselblad prize for fine art photography - presents allegories that, while playing on subtle references to classical painting, on the other are set in our days, since Belkina doesn't make literal quotations of the works of the past, but rather refers to certain themes or formal expedients as a pretext to recall a series of reflections. In fact, the author looks at the models of the Renaissance not looking for a direct transposition, but rather to lay an ideal bridge towards the humanist thought that was the basis of that wonderful cultural period, where philosophical doctrine put the human being back at the centre of the debate, together with the connected concept of human dignity.
Also on display is the Empty Spaces cycle which reflects on the centrality of the person through the sharp contrast with the places where the existence takes place: in the work Metro, for example, a girl appears in her desolating solitude, wandering on public transport in a big city. It seems that her journey is aimless, thus referring to the perpetual motion that metaphorically coincides with the search for a place that fills a void of inner nature. It is significant how the various figures present in this cycle, when depicted in a stable place such as the house, are always placed in a liminal point: at the window or on the threshold of a door poised between 'inside' and 'outside' to testify the absence of an inner stillness and the search for a dimension that transcends the materiality of places.
All the protagonists of the images of the series are personified by the artist, to reaffirm her total inner adherence to the themes she deals with. Therefore the observer shouldn't be deceived by the artificial nature of Katerina Belkina's photographs, where the extreme formal rigour is a stratagem to test some possible aspects of human nature.
KATERINA BELKINAKATERINA BELKINA. The artist's first comprehensive catalogue of works encompassing her series Revival, Repast, Light and Heavy, Empty Spaces, Hieroglyph, Not a Man's World, Home Work and Paint Katerina Belkina / Marike van der Knaap, 2015 Hardback 197 pages
Publisher: Galerie Zakirova
Dimensions: 25,3 x 3,3 x 31 cm