Collage of Human

by Alexander Chernavskiy Issue: Spring/Summer 2020

Artist's Statement

This digital collage series is closely connected with the author's self-reflection on human destiny in our times of modern crisis and hopes.

Collages are based on mobile phone photography and were created in Pixlr, a mobile phone application. Modern life is concentrated in our smartphones - so, the senses and reflections of our times have been produced inside the mobile phone also. An intimate, lyrical creation in an era of universal open communication. Another crossroads of meanings, the ironic oxymoron of modernity.

Maybe live in the epoch of the collapse of big narratives, so-called post-modern, post-information, post-… Probably, yes.

But we still collect the meanings of our own lives from the shards of these stories and references, that we no longer seriously believe in, even though we still have nothing else.

What can human destiny and life look like?

It can be a multitude of contradictory images, diverse intentions, which together multiply each other - and once again reassemble the mosaic of meanings, hopes, and fears of man in the world of Post.



Alexander Chernavskiy

Alexander Chernavskiy, born in 1981 in Moscow, is a Russian artist, his career emerged in the wake of the influence of documentary traditions and contemporary art as the fields of his main interest. He is a magister of sociology (MPSU university). In 2010 he finished his secondary education in MSU (photojournalism), was a student through different international educational programs and workshops of «Fotodepartament» (S-Petersburg), in 2016 - School of Contemporary Art «Free Workshops» and is working as a freelance photographer and artist since then. He was working with Corbis, Demotix, DAD and TASS news agencies through the recent years. He is the member of Union of Russian Photo Artists since 2009. Alexander was a participant of different festivals and exhibitions in Russia, Georgia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, USA, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Belgium, Slovenia, United Kingdom. In 2015 - 2017 he was a recipient of the scholarships of the Ministry of Culture of Russia. Recent years are closely connected with art documentary projects, including his first photo book «Alpha» in 2015, published by Dostoevsky Publishing in Amsterdam. In 2016-2019 he produced several new  self-published photo books. His text and art works were published by Privatephotoreview, Donttakepictures, Sonder review, Snapdragon, Stoneboat,  F-Stop, Raven Chronicles, Dodho, The Ocotillo Review, Obra/Artefact in recent years. 
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