In the midst of chaos we hunt for dreams. It blends together. Their memories became my memories. Once-present. A personal story of search and encounters, of escape and returning.
Ksenia Simakova was born in 1992 in Samara, Russian Federation. Economist-mathematician Diploma of Samara National Research University. Graduated in photography in photographic school Samara under Mikhail Musorin guidance. The Russian Union of Art Photographers member since 2013. Researching in photography since 2003. Had couple of years practicing with analog photography process.
Photographic works mainly focused on reality, catching spontaneous harmony of nowadays and discovering visual metaphors of being. The works can be described as documentary, but made using sensory perception. Based on the principle of serendipity it’s important to show through photography how amazing, fantastic, and unexpectedly beautiful our real life is. Ksenia’s Big Dream as an artist is to make the viewer want to be right here and right now, to observe, explore, and admire the real life.
The speciality of photography is capturing the facts of the present. And sometimes to the element of light, color, shape is added a random variable, which defines a new kind of photography. Mix of all these levels creates a special combination of random coincidences in harmony. And this new kind of photography is multilayer not only in the visual but in the meaningful sense. Situating somewhere between fact or fiction, balancing between real and surreal, there is unique moment for just a second and we have a magnificent opportunity to catch it through photography.
Ksenia was awarded and honored in international and national photographic contests, including Honorable mention in Young people in the 21st century 2019, Nominee Award in Photojournalism in The 2017 edition of Photography Grant; triple medalist of Delphic games of CIS countries (2017, 2015, 2013), fivefold medalist of Delphic games of Russia (2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2010); winner of The best of Russia project 2014; 1st stage winner in Baltic Biennale of photography contest Photomania 2013 and Nikon photo contest 2014-2015.
Works were exhibited in more than 20 cities in Russia, Italy, Lithuania, works were included in more than 30 exhibitions and 12 catalogues.