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ARTIST STATEMENT

ARTIST STATEMENT

Inna Etuvgi - an art photographer, based in Sweden.

 

Etuvgi was born in 1982 in a small village on the shores of the Arctic Ocean in Chukotka, Russia.

 

In 2005 Etuvgi graduated from the Faculty of Technical Cybernetics of the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University with honours and a master's degree. In 2018 Etuvgi moved to Sweden, where being inspired by the local nature, she started macro photography in 2020. Technical education became for the author a good basis for self-education in photography, which in turn became her ideal way to express feelings and the way to explore the world. In 2022 Etuvgi became a finalist at the Arte Laguna Prize 16 with her macro photos of Cladonia Stellaris lichens. Etuvgi's artworks are in private collections in Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Italy and England.

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Etuvgi has visual blindness of the mind, which is called Aphantasia. She can visualize neither memories nor dreams about the future. "Her inner screen is off," says Etuvgi about the imagination. Instead of images, her fantasy stands on mental concepts, ideas, and emotions. The mind's disability in visual imagination has moved Etuvgi to find her way in creative photography. As she says, the camera became an instrument, a kind of prosthesis that helps her see the imaginary world and gives visual form to her concepts.

 

"Photography for me is more about an experiment and a search, whose aim is to find something that captures me and reflects my ideas or feelings. It is like a dialogue with nature when nature speaks with me in the visual language, telling stories that I can capture to share with others.

I've grown up in the far north, where nature is undersized, and in some places, only lichens and mosses can grow. And now these tiny creatures have become my favourite subjects for photo tales because they are familiar to me and truly wonderful.

 

Lichens and mosses are crucial components of the ecology. Despite their fragility and small size, they cannot only endure in environments where others cannot but also prepare the soil for the emergence of new species. They are real aliens and explorers on a new land! However, these lovely species often stay unseen by people, even though they deserve attention due to their great traits and beauty! But I think people often don't notice the beauty when they aren't supposed to. That's why, in my photos, I want to show people the beauty of the macro world of northern nature in the way how I see it. I offer to get to know the world around us better, just as we want to get to know someone we fall in love with. And I believe that it can help us understand ourselves and our place in this beautiful world," says Etuvgi.

PORTFOLIO
EXHIBITIONS

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS 

  • 2023 - ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE - Arsenale of Venice, Italy (11 March - 16 April)

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • 2022 - Visingsö konstrunda - «Visingsö konstrunda» - Visingsö, Sweden

  • 2021 - S.Eufemia Art Gallery - «SMERALDO» - Venice, Italy

  • 2021 - Visingsö konstrunda - «Visingsö konstrunda» - Visingsö, Sweden

HONORS AND AWARDS

HONORS AND AWARDS:

2022 - Finalist artist at the ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE 16

2020 - Arte Laguna Prize 15 - became an artist in the spotlight.

2020 - Top 12 best photographers at the thematic contest «Art photography 2020» by 35AWARDS.

2020 - Top 8 of best photos and Top 9 of best photographers at the thematic contest «Abstract shot by phone              2020» by 35AWARDS.

ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS:

2021 - NEW YORK STYLE GUIDE - article "Discover Sant' Eufemia gallery and the Emerald Exhibition"

2021 - MARIKA MAGAZINE NATURE & TRAVELS (Issue 791 - April), Kavyar

2020 - MARIKA MAGAZINE NATURE & TRAVELS (Issue 468 - December - published on the cover), Kavyar

GALLERIES

contact me

mypsychedelicgarden@gmail.com

  tel. +46-076-295 8302

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