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Sasha Kurmaz – At the crossroads between society and identity

Sasha Kurmaz – At the crossroads between society and identity

During one of our nightly tours of discovery through the net, we recently came across Sasha Kurmaz, a multi-disciplinary Ukrainian artist born in 1986. The impressive photographs of this Kiev-based artist, which are in part reminiscent of snapshots, reflect situations, objects and events of significance to him at the crossroads between society and identity. This can be intimately-staged nudes with sparse accessories that explore the boundaries of the body, or it can be panorama-like comparisons of the naked body with enormous Soviet-era propaganda sculptures.

“I do not believe in art style, style is like masturbation. I love to experiment more. Repetition is identification; visual identification is style“

The struggle for identity is evident, in an almost documentary manner, also in his photos of burnt-out barricades in connection with the desperate struggle for democracy at the end of 2013 on the Maidan.  Sandbags stacked in front of gutted column halls – closely akin to a last bastion – in an attempt to preserve the remains of the cultural heritage? Or is it this heritage that one is defending against?

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Sasha Kurmaz

Many of his images and current projects, which can be viewed at www.sashakurmaz.com, seem to be telling an own story. But taken together and viewed in a wider context, they tell the story about the forging of an identity in a post-industrial, post-Soviet society. His third and latest book, Concrete und Sex, was published by www.pogobooks.de.