Dazed Digital

Moscow / Русский

Sergey Sonin and Elena Samorodova

February 20, 2012

Delving into the surreal & animalistic world of the photographic duo

  • Text by Kemal Tarba

The Partisan photorealists and representatives of the creative collective of Plumbum and Cobalt, Sergey Sonin and Elena Smorodova, showcase their imagined characters with animal masks. In their new exhibition "Egyptian Pack. Part I.", at the Pobeda Gallery, their anthropomorphic characters transcend the border of reality, waving to us from the world of imperative hallucinations. They both split their time between teaching art photography at the British Higher School of Design and their personal photography projects. We delved into surrealistic world of the artistic duo… 

Satellite Voices: In your work there is a great deal of dressing up, is it your way to distort reality?
Sergey&Elena: I’d say it’s not a banal dressing, but more of a transformation. In our previous project "Generals of 70’s" we used the same principle, it worked.

SV: What is the idea behind partisan photorealism?
Sergey&Elena: Partisan photorealism is an eternal metaphysical partisanship, being in your own forest and your own meadow. 

SV: What do you think is the role of an artist in a society?
Sergey&Elena: The social purpose of the artist is a total defense of their own reality, awareness of traditional roots, the sacred belief in conspiracy, not forgetting the idea of big attractions! At the same time, being able to be a cog of the economic system in an imperial sense. 

SV: What makes a photographer successful?
Sergey&Elena: Knowing the answer to this question is equivalent to a loss of your service weapon!

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