Katerina Belkina / Paulina Stadnik / Tatiana Shvetsova-Yaperova

5 Dimensions of Beauty



Katerina Belkina was born in Samara in the southeast of European Russia. She was brought up in an creative atmosphere by her mother, a visual artist. Her education as painter at the Art Academy and from 2000 at the Academy for Photography of Michael Musorin in Samara gave her the tools to visualize her ideas. Exhibitions of her sublime, mystic self-portraits ensued in Moscow and Paris. In 2007 Katerina Belkina was nominated for the prestigious Kandinsky Prize (comparable to the British Turner Price) in Moscow. Currently she lives and works in Berlin.

I came to “Paint” following my human instincts, both brutish and sublime (the instincts of the viewer and the artist and a need for esthetic pleasure). All my love for the art of the 19th / early 20th centuries accumulated here. My choice of the inspiring artists was determined by long-standing affection for their creations.

Then I became interested in the sources of inspiration from both sides – the artist and the model, intertwining, opposing, conflicting and working for each other. Immersing into scrutiny of the artist-model interaction, you unexpectedly get new information about yourself. You unpack your inner demons. It is amazing to observe the transformation of your creative, exploratory energy into sexual and vice versa. I allowed myself to undress in front of the camera for the first time. Or, to be more precise - I allowed my characters to do that, and through them - myself.

The secret desire for exposure in public comes to light. And it's not just physical nudity. This is the release of locked sexual energy. The image of the nude has an ability to penetrate into the subconscious of the viewer when besides the body itself the author shows all the passions, desires and fears of that body. Finally, my quest led me to the topic of the shy artist's hidden sexuality, expressed through his model. The artist is often shy and bashful, only art allows him to open up.

At the same time, it was interesting to combine two techniques, two kinds of art - photography and painting. I used color in order to represent the depth, intimacy and eroticism of the relationship between the artist and the model. There is a lot of color in this series and it plays one of the main roles.




Katerina Belkina. For Lempicka. 2006


This is Not a man's world, it is often comprehensible only for women, yet both these worlds closely interact with each other. Despite the fact that women's nature is well understandable and familiar to me at some deep level, being an artist, I try to study myself as a woman and to accept all my weaknesses and fears.

I would like to dissect the woman's unconscious. To do this, I allow myself to become other women, different in character and destiny. In each of them, we recognize the heroines of well known fairy tales and at the same time different psycho-types of women living in the modern world.

Transforming into them, I put on different costumes and masks, following the ancient universal practice of women bound to take on different roles each day of their life. Those of a wife or a mistress, a mother or a daughter. As a woman, I can be vicious and innocent, strong and weak, aggressive and gentle - and that is all right. Each of the roles represents one of our feelings: jealousy, envy, sinking or disappointment.



Katerina Belkina. Red Riding Hood. Justified Cruelty. From the series Not a Man's World. 2006-2009


There is an average Russian city where the flight of time has stopped. From time to time, something is created there and something is destroyed. It is messy and full of contrasts, being simultaneously heavy and light,  rich and poor, beautiful and ugly. It is the quintessence of the most common city in the world. It has everything and nothing. I get amazed and excited by such places.  

Visually there are no men in this series. They dissolved in the surrounding atmosphere. Yet we feel their presence and influence at every turn. They show up clearly in the frozen architecture, ringing emptiness and condensed air. Underwear here serves as a symbol of our last protection. 

Women form the most brilliant representation of this place. Life in such a city is not comfortable for a woman, and she seeks to escape, but to escape you need a guarantee that you end up in a better place to live. The fact you are a woman grants you no pleasure and no future. You are constantly confronted with races, showing off and stress of competitions. A woman is supposed to keep level with men, she is a consumer,  but at the same time, she is a commodity too. Under the pressure of society and especially of her own, she lives in a constant state of market competition for a place next to the man.  

Every woman is supposed to exhibit herself as a commodity, but at the same time, she tries to maintain her dignity. This is a boundary between freedom and subjection.


Katerina Belkina. The Race. From the series Light and Heavy. 2014



Paulina Stadnik. From the series Ballet archetype. 2013-2015


Paulina Stadnik was born in Ufa in 1985. She graduated from the children art school after that got a Master's degree at the Aviation Technical University. She attended workshops and master classes conducted by Sergey Maximishin, Vladimir Vyatkin, Andrew Chegin. She was a participant of Takashi Homma (Japan) workshop at the International Summer School of Photography (ISSP), Latvia (2015). She is author of photographic project «The Membrane», Miras gallery (Ufa, 2014) and participant of many group exhibitions in Russia and abroad among which «The Third Biennale of contemporary photography» (The Russian museum, St. Petersburg, 2014); «StartinArt», K35 gallery (Moscow, 2015); «ISSP Final Exhibition in Kuldiga» (Latvia, 2015).

"Ballet archetype" is a photo-project divided in parts (or acts) imitating a ballet performance set. The parts differ from each other in shooting and printing techniques, but are united by the idea of an appeal to the meaning of an archetype or an attempt to find it in classic ballet and thus characterize. All pictures are based on the blue color which appears to be a prototype of mystic world where swan-maids, ghostly Willis (died brides) and vague shadows live.

Not being a professional spectator, a person perceives ballet rather being guided by his own sensory feelings and images that keep his childhood memories of the first visit to the classical theater productions like "Swan lake", "Giselle", "La Bayadere". Details are erased in those memories (the characters' names, dansers' faces, their emotions, make-up or stage scenery) but there remains a distinct image of a ballerina dressed in a white cloud of an a tutu, pointes, alternating real and fantastic scenes, a mysterious and ghostly dance. Probably, a similar perception of ballet is recorded in the mind of anyone who has never been in a theater and never seen ballet plays.


Tatiana Shvetsova-Yaperova. From the series Avant-garde and I


Tatiana Shvetsova-Yaperova was born in Kurgan region, Russia. She is a graduate of the picturesque-pedagogical department at the Yekaterinburg Art College as well as St. Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy. Her specialty is graphic design. While working in the sphere of graphic design, she participate in painting exhibitions, drawing exhibitions and design biennales. Over the last two years she has participated in exhibition projects: “Nude” in the Kurgan Regional Art Museum (2014), Eurasian festival of modern art (2015), SOFT FOCUS. Women art photography” (Petit Coin Art Gallery, London, 2015). Many of her works posted on the website of the Italian «Vogue. Several times her photos selected the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (SFMoMA) for submission to the art blog.

"Avant-garde and I" – is an independent personal creative project. My worry is reflected in a series of "Avant-garde and I".  The bright and pure colors the perform faith and optimism of the Russian artists' period of 10-30'ss.  "Art History" – one of my favorite subjects during the studies. To understand the creator, it is necessary to go to museums and look and try realise. I guess the knowledge you are given, they are not intrusive, but they form a vision.

Now it is also troubled times, sometimes requiring the creator of instant evaluation. So photography has such an interest and development. The Creator does not exist in isolation from the social world, and external events. The carefree angels will disappear from the canvas, if one formation comes to replace another. The search starts new shapes and lines. Not necessarily showing the unseemly side of life. The artist may submit an idea through the sign or association. And this is interesting Russian avant-garde. Artists sincerely believed in what they created.  They lived to art, were united in different directions, they proclaimed manifestoes and wrote diaries. So I chose this time for personal interpretation.

I admire the work of many Russian artists. From this avant-garde artists: Kasimir Malevich, VladimirTatlin, Alexander Rodchenko, Natalia Goncharova. I appreciate Robert Falk for refined pictorial gamut. Is very interesting picture-kaleidoscope Pavel Filonov. I love the creativity of Mikhail Vrubel, his world is fabulous and fragile.

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Центр фотографии "Март". Екатеринбург. 8 Марта, 1

Время работы: 11.00 - 22.00 без выходных. Цена билета