Arina ESSIPOWITSCH

Version française:
Les expériences de migration et de déplacements ont nourrit intimement ma production artistique. J’utilise la photographie moins comme un objet mais comme un acte et lieu du multiple, lors de la prise de vue ou dans le processus de restitution. Le sujet de mon travail est l’identité. Je conçois la notion d’identité comme quelque chose qui ne peut pas être unié. Elle apparaît souvent comme un élément divisé dans mon travail : identités multiples, plurielles, fragmentées, identité palimpseste. Les personnages de mes images fonctionnent à travers cette ambiguïté entre être UN et pluriel, ou multiple. Le mode de fonctionnement de celui qui se déplace donne le protocole de création, la forme et le contenu à mes pièces. Mon travail plastique se situe entre photographie - image, photographie - objet, et photographie en tant que processus. J’articule ces notions en créant des installations photographiques, où l’image brise la frontière des deux dimensions et devient une expérience.

English version:
The subject of my work is identity. I conceive the notion of identity as something that can’t be unified. To be more precise, the notion of identity often appears as something split in my work: multiple, plural, fragmented identities, palimpsest identity - these are terms and notions that shape my work. The characters in my pictures, paintings and drawings function through this ambiguity between being ONE and plural, or multiple, at the same time. I started this project from an autobiographical perspective, questioning my past and my present and asking myself where i belong. Today a French citizen, I was born in Minsk, Belarus, where I spent my childhood before following my parents in Germany in 2001. Did I lose one part of my identity as I left my hometown ? The process of alienation was furthered as I left Germany and my parents for another life in France. Therefore, I have already lost a bit of “myself” twice although I am now richer, more complex because of the layers and different cultural experiences that constitute me. Can one really speak of alienation, and of loss of identity, in my case? Can we even talk about identity? These issues are familiar to those who have been through many cultures and it is thus natural that they are being reflected, that they appear as a fundamental feature of my work.
2012

Minsk, 2018
Gloria: Minsk, 2018