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Daria Marchik

August 22, 2012

The artist merges photography and costume design to create characters that are both otherworldly and human

  • Text by Terence Teh

Growing up in New York and now splitting her time between Berlin and Moscow, artist Daria Marchik merges photography and costume design to create characters that are both otherworldly and human, a freeze framed performance piece. “Referencing the body, design and posture gain a newly defined presence that, in combination with aggressive sexuality slide the boarder of an overacted advertisement. She develops a specific kind of pop art iconography by combining dramatic female character and oversized products,” explains curator Christina Steinbrecher, from the Central House of Artists Moscow.

Satellite Voices: Can you introduce the inspirations if your work?
Daria Marchik: Derived from grotesque elements, fairy tales and damsels in distress are always the main characters in the mythical, ambivalent scenarios.
SV: When did you first pick up a camera?
Daria Marchik: When I was a little girl living in big old New York, I was surrounded by creative people who inspired me to pick up the camera and roll.

SV: What inspires you about Moscow?
Daria Marchik: When I come to Moscow I like to find the old ruins of communism, documenting the instability of today. Moscow is a frivolous, glamorous carousel of demise.
SV: What are some of your favourite hidden city spots?
Daria Marchik: Behind the old blue church, a brownish tinted roof, around the corner from the shed.

SV: What does Moscow have that you can't find anywhere else?
Daria Marchik: A very exclusive circle of millionaires who want to love art. 
SV: And which artists in Moscow are doing it for you right now?
Daria Marchik: Alla Pugacheva, now and forever.

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