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Masha Svyatogor

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Masha Svyatogor (b.1989) is a Belarusian visual artist based in Minsk.

She graduated from the Belarusian State University (2013) where she studied philology.

Masha debuted in 2017 with a solo exhibition “Kurasoushchyna, My Love” in Minsk, Belarus.

Her work has been shown internationally, including the festivals Circulation(s) in Paris (2020); Fotofestiwal Lodz (2020); Vintage Photo Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland (2020); Month of Photography in Minsk (2019); Batumi Photodays (2019); Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival (2018); Obscura Festival of Photography in Malaysia (2018); Fotopub Festival in Novo Mesto, Slovenia (2017); Queering Yerevan festival (2017); Warsaw Photo Days (2017) etc.

In 2018, she received the Best Photographer award from the Month of Photography in Minsk festival.

Masha works on personal long-term art projects relating to contemporary issues, post-soviet history, society, identity. In her latest projects, the artist creates works, using official photos from magazines published in the USSR and her own photographs. Newly created images, based on communist symbols and typical forms of propaganda messages, show the Soviet culture in a surrealistic mirror.

Her works are sometimes on the verge of kitsch and absurd. Thanks to the combination of elements from different historical and aesthetic orders, the artist focuses on eccentricities and paradoxes of everyday life in modern Belarus. She builds a critical message and encourages the viewers to go beyond their own habits and preconceptions, to take a better and closer look.


Instagram: @svyatogormasha