PHOTOGRAPHY

AWARDS 2020

ALISA AISTOVA

Dysfunction, 2017 - 2019

ABOUT THE ARTWORK: My work for the past five years was to investigate human boundaries and transitional states, mutations, injuries and suppressed desires. In the center of my work there are always transformations, mental and physiological. Insanity, psychic transformation, obsessive neurosis, melancholy, rejection, anguish, fear, loneliness, violence (psychological and sexual), isolation, death and desire of it. Another focus of my research is stigmatization of mental health problems. I consider photography as my own medium. I'm interested in open and experimental approach to fine art photographic practice. I use my photographs a lot as sketches or as a basis for reflection and inspiration, I embed them in my work. My work is more like arrangements than pictures in the conventional sense of the word, and photography is both a tool and an object for research. In my focus, there are also expressive qualities of photography; putting the picture in a different context. I feel a real urge to encourage an audience to think. Trying to immerse them in a particular state, a feeling is what I strive for. I do not want my work to present another form of beauty or harmony, but for me it's important to disturb the viewer, absorb him, shock him and make him feel uncomfortable, turn to his own hidden thoughts, which he did not normally do. The questions I work with are largely personal, tabooed, or ignored - I want to draw attention to them.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Alisa Aistova (born 1988 in Russia, Solnechnogorsk, lives and works in Moscow and London) is an artist working mainly with photography as a medium. Her practice often deals with insanity, psychic transformation, obsessive neurosis, melancholy, rejection, anguish, fear, loneliness, violence (psychological and sexual), isolation, death and desire of it. She graduated with BA in Computer Science from Russian State Social University, received a Foundation Diploma in Fine Arts (with Distinction) at London Central Saint Martins and was admitted to continue her education there on MA in Contemporary Photography program since 2020. Alisa had exhibited her works at various galleries and museums in UK and Russia. Her works has been reviewed on St Martins' web-site, in Bunbury Art Magazine and Al-Tiba9 Contemporary Art Magazine