I was born in 1985 in Leningrad in the Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg in Russia). After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the following collapse of the social structure, my family moved to Sweden where I still live.
For me, being a sort of hybrid between two very different cultures, photography is a kind of self-research. A means of discovering who I am. I think the answer, paradoxically, lies not in ”soul-searching” or ”finding yourself”, but in knowing other people. I have always been fascinated by different cultures and ways of life. Photography has helped me start conversations with strangers, but also develop closer relationships with relatives. I associate images with punctuation signs, like commas or full stops in our dialogues. In this way, through photography, we are ultimately writing an infinite narrative of our existence. It is a narrative beyond the images, but also within them. A photograph literally gives form to time and fills it with physical meaning. As memory fades, these photographs remain as vivid, physical repositories for our shared significance.