Sunday, 14 February 2010
I have spotted Alexay Titarenko's work a few times whilst browsing the internet, and each time it never fails to grab my attention, really quite forcefully. I seem to be drawn to design, art and particularly photography that creates ghostly, eerie scenes where the viewer is left questioning what is actually going on. What has happened?
Does Titarenko see dead people? It certainly looks like it, as the subjects of his photographs resemble spirits that have been sucked out of a parallel dimension, but walk among us in an everyday urban landscape.
As a photographer he experienced oppression for years under a communist government, and it wasn't until 1989, eleven years since he started taking photographs professionally, was he allowed to call himself an artist.