Photographs by Agafia Polynchuk.
edition GALERIE VEVAIS, 2014. 140 pp., color and black & white illustrations, 9x11".
Agafia Polynchuk is a Berlin based photo artist. She was born in 1988 in Leningrad. In 2010 she bought her SX-70 camera and took very first polaroid picture. She can’t stop to taking polaroids ever since. Agafia is inspired by nature, classical works and everyday things. She visualizes her thoughts, feelings and memories through selfportraits.
Come into these rooms with me, into Agafia’s mysterious and beautifully crafted days — days like no others you have ever witnessed. Look all around ... Who would not trade a boring, lazy, static, unchanging, paradise for her and her lilies, even if they might come with the knowledge of good and evil? And isn’t that the knowledge that makes life worth the trouble and joy of living and enduring? Who would want to live where fruit never falls and rivers never find their oceans and the joy of the physical, the sexual, does not exist? Eden was dead ground, a stagnant garden as poisonous as Rappaccini’s garden in Hawthorne’s well-known short story ... For life to be vibrant it has to have some pain, some distress, some angst; otherwise how would we know we were really alive? Agascha’s radiant rooms may all be ashimmer, but the shimmer may at times have an unnerving cast. Not evil, but certainly the knowledge of it ...
This is a book of mysteries and beauty, and we know them by our own eyes. This book marks what will surely be the beginning of a major career in art and photography for a brilliantly gifted new artist.
Prof. John Wood in the foreword