Mariya Bulankina

Artist’s Statement

‘An actor of an eponymous film’ is an experimental project dedicated to the essence of motion in still photography. Mariya’s visual practice is based on her own curiosity about strangers surrounding her in the streets. The artist has always been interested in people’s appearances and their untold stories.

Using different exposures and her photoshop skills, Mariya creates collages with the focus on the main character’s state of mind. The work is displayed as a video slideshow, consisting of a combination of street photographs and stereo sound recorded during the same moment. In the busy streets of different cities around Europe, Mariya sets up her tripod and seeks for interesting characters passing by to capture. 

The artist’s intention is to challenge the viewer to feel discomfort, while watching a still photograph which is supported with visual effects and sound that creates a feeling of movement.