Alexandra Polina: Myths, Masks and Subjects

Alexandra Polina: Myths, Masks and Subjects
International Photography Grant 2019

The protagonists of the photo series are members of visible minorities who were born, raised and educated in Germany. These images deal with a social gap created by prejudiced stigmatized view and use clichéd folkloric settings and common stereotypes to question it. The result is a collage of individual experiences, based on the common social condition of living as a perceived foreigner in Germany combined with the stillifes where everyday life objects are exoticized through the way of staging.

Myths, Masks and Subjects © Alexandra Polina

Alexandra Polina was born in Uzbekistan. She studied Journalism at the National University of Uzbekistan in Tashkent. She graduated in 2017 from University of Applied Science in Bielefeld with a master in Art and Design. Currently, she is working as a freelance photographer. The main subject of her work has always been concentrated around the themes of immigration and identity, especially their social and emotional aspects. Having spent twenty years in her home land, Alexandra moved to Germany, which was a life-changing experience. The personal history and identity of the photographer runs through her work across the fields of staged photography and documentary themes.  Alexandra is a finalist of Merck-Preis and a winner of several awards including PhotoVision competition, La Quatrième Image and Photonic Moments award. Her works have been shown in Germany, France, Italy, England, Luxemburg and other countries.

Website: alexandrapolina.com

Myths, Masks and Subjects © Alexandra Polina

Myths, Masks and Subjects © Alexandra Polina

Myths, Masks and Subjects © Alexandra Polina

Myths, Masks and Subjects © Alexandra Polina

Myths, Masks and Subjects © Alexandra Polina

Myths, Masks and Subjects © Alexandra Polina

Myths, Masks and Subjects © Alexandra Polina

Myths, Masks and Subjects © Alexandra Polina

 

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International Photography Grant 2019