Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Ivan and the moon

Sep 09, 2013 - Lise Dua

Let me present you today: Daria Tuminas She is a Russian photographer, interested in making pictures but not only, as she’s also leading theoretical researches on photography, writing critical essays or curating exhibitions. She’s now based in now based in Amsterdam where she continues her researches and work. I personally never met her but when I saw this project called “Ivan and the Moon” I felt home with these images. She met these two brothers, Ivan and Andreï (nicknamed Moon), during a folklore expedition in Russia, in a small village. She managed to enter their magic world with her camera. As soon as I saw the images I was transported in another space and time, not ones that we could name or locate precisely, but the one that still exist (I hope!) inside each of us. It is a refuge that is always open for these two boys, a world that they can build with fishing wire and projected shadows, apart from the brutality and agitation of the world we know. A world with its own laws, known only by the boys and the photographer, with its codes of law and coded messages. Back to a certain primitive way of living, we are far from the typical vision of childhood or teenage years. But still I can recall this fluctuating time of teenage when everything is open to choice and can be created if you want it. You can see more pictures on her website: Lise.