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  • Good afternoon, my name is Uldus. I am a photo-based artist from Russia.

  • I started my way around six years ago with ironic self-portraits to lay open so many stereotypes about nationalities, genders, and social issues.

  • (Laughter)

  • Using photography as my tool to send a message.

  • Today, I am still performing in front of the camera and trying to be brave like a Wonder Woman.

  • I focus on balancing meaningful message, aesthetic, beauty, composition, some irony, and artifacts.

  • Today, I'm going to tell you about my project, which named "Desperate Romantics".

  • They're my artifacts, or paintings from pre-Raphaelites Brotherhood England mid-19th century.

  • I took the painting and give it new, contemporary meaning,

  • talking about issues which surround me in Russia,

  • capturing people who are non-models but have an interesting story.

  • This boy is a professional dancer, only 12 years old,

  • but at secondary school, he hides his dancing classes and is wearing the mask of brutality.

  • trying to be united with the rest of his classmates like a storm trooper who has no personality.

  • But this boy has goals and dreams, but hides it to be socially accepted,

  • because being different isn't easy, especially in Russia.

  • Next portrait interpretation is metaphoric.

  • And this is Nikita, a security guard from one of the bars in St. Petersburg.

  • He likes to say, "You won't like me in anger," quoting Hulk from the movie,

  • but I've never seen him angry.

  • He hides his sensitivities and romantic soul,

  • because in Russia, among guys, that's not cool to be romantic,

  • but it's cool to be surrounded with women and look like an aggressive Hulk.

  • Sometimes, in my project, I would take the painting and give it new meaning and new temptation about it.

  • Sometimes, I would compare facial features and playing with words: irony, Iron Man, ironing man.

  • Through the artifacts, I bring social issues which surround me in Russia into the conversation.

  • Interesting fact about marriage in Russia is that most of the 18, 19-year-old girls are already ready, and dream to get married.

  • We're taught from childhood, successful marriage means successful life,

  • so most of the girls kind of fight to get a good husband.

  • And what about me? I'm 27 years old.

  • For Russian society, I'm an old maid and hopeless to ever get married.

  • That's why you see me in a Mexican fighter mask, in the wedding dress, all desperate in my garden.

  • But remember, irony is the key,

  • and this is actually to motivate girls to fight for goals, for dreams, and change stereotypes.

  • Be brave. Be ironicit helps.

  • Be funny and create some magic!

Good afternoon, my name is Uldus. I am a photo-based artist from Russia.

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    朱朱 posted on 2015/06/14
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