Galya Budagova
Photographer

I use photography as a tool of showing love, as a language so to speak. In the simplest sense. It seems to me that I am not doing very well in other ways. Sometimes I do not find the words, and sometimes they are completely different ones. Not at all what I feel, sometimes they may sound rude, stupid, inappropriate. Photography helps me with that a lot. I learn the human communication this way, its structure, form, its very subtle nature. I learn how to communicate myself. Lately it’s been portraits/self-portraits, but also documentary photography gave me a lot, especially when my family moved to Tanzania, that was my way of adaptation and dealing with new reality.

All in all this is my unspoken awkward declaration of love. If I photograph, I love.

Galya Budagova
Photographer

I use photography as a tool of showing love, as a language so to speak. In the simplest sense. It seems to me that I am not doing very well in other ways. Sometimes I do not find the words, and sometimes they are completely different ones. Not at all what I feel, sometimes they may sound rude, stupid, inappropriate. Photography helps me with that a lot. I learn the human communication this way, its structure, form, its very subtle nature. I learn how to communicate myself. Lately it’s been portraits/self-portraits, but also documentary photography gave me a lot, especially when my family moved to Tanzania, that was my way of adaptation and dealing with new reality.

All in all this is my unspoken awkward declaration of love. If I photograph, I love.

  • Mani Mazinani and Sanaz Mazinani: Dastgāh
    Jun 4 – Oct 31, 2024
    Evergreen Brick Works
    Toronto, Canada
    How do you listen? What do you hear? Nestled in the Don River ravines amidst urban trails and the Don Valley Parkway, Dastgāh is a sound sculpture that asks visitors to open their ears and listen differently. Created by the brother and sister duo Mani Mazinani and Sanaz Mazinani, the instrument takes its title from the Farsi term “dastgāh,” and can be literally translated as a “hand” (dast) and “gāh” (way) or “set of directions,” a modal system that serves as the foundation for composition and improvisation in Iranian music. (more…)
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