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Mari Bastashevski Switzerland

By using photography to document the practically invisible flow of money used for weapons (but not action on the front lines, nor the aftermath of war), Mari Bastashevski is hoping to expand and evolve the role of photography in the genre of conflict reporting.

By using photography to document the practically invisible flow of money used for weapons (but not action on the front lines, nor the aftermath of war), Mari Bastashevski is hoping to expand and evolve the role of photography in the genre of conflict reporting.

About Mari Bastashevski

Born in Saint Petersburg in 1980. Based between Switzerland and France.

In an attempt to engage the conventions of traditional conflict reporting, I choose to oppose the scenographic habits in photojournalism by giving equal weight to text and image. The established convention is to combine these languages; on one hand, the image is used as an illustration of text; on the other, the text explains the image in an attempt to confirm it as reality. The intention is to use these mediums separately; so that the image is treated as ‘an object’ open to interpretation - a trigger for hypotheses; and the text as a separate stream of information: finite and transmittable through precise repetition.

My projects are set in regions where well-intentioned political mandates result in abuse of authority. The objective is to understand the acts as well as the use of information control mechanisms and how said mechanisms facilitate the unaccountability of government officials.

My current project, State Business, focuses on the conflict arms trade industry and the environments in which it operates.

Between 2007-2010 I worked in Russia and North Caucasus on "File-126" a project about the abductions of civilians during the Russian counter-terrorism regime.

My work has been published in XXI, NYTimes, Yvi, and Esquire and exhibited by the Open Society Foundation, Paris Photo, Grande Plage and Platform 2012 Fotomuseum Winterthur among others.

My background is in art history with course work in Genocide Studies at Copenhagen University and a MA level year from the Danish Media and Journalism School. In 2011, I spent a year as artist in residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France.

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