Vigilambulist, p1 of diptych by Yana Kononova
Vigilambulist, p1 of diptych, 2018
80 x 62 cm
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Yana Kononova is a Pirallahi Island (Azerbaijan) born artist. During the First Nagorno-Karabakh War, her family emigrated to Ukraine. She defended her thesis on Bruno Latour's anthropology of the moderns and earned her PhD in 2015. After relocating to live on Trachtemyriv Peninsula she turned to photography. Yana has graduated from the Photoschool of Viktor Marushchenko and then studied the photography course during the long term residency programme from Image Threads Collective. She won the Bird in Flight Prize for achievement in photography Ukrcontempphoto in Emerging photographer nomination in 2019.
Yana's artistic practice is an anthropology of nature exploring relations between the natural world and its representations in cultural beliefs, memory and imagination. Her research focuses on examining the diverse ways that we come to know and think about the natural world and define what we mean by Nature, including human nature. She uses the analog photographic medium, elaborating its possibilities in producing, investigating and critiques of our notions. Yana works with imagery of a person using performative practices and through such a genre as a study. This genre allows both to be affected and to maintain a critical distance in exploring various motives in human representation. It is also the way to challenge an expressive ability and materiality of photography, its close ties with fiction.