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Maria Barlasov

Posted on October 22 2016

The relationship between physical space and the photographic image is at the center of research of Maria Barlasov, as the same artist say, the spaces she is interested in are constructed by others and by her

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I am interested in how a place is represented and perceived through the apparatus of the camera, the ways in which a camera can reduce and abstract a place into an image, frame an illusion, and transmit it to the outside world. - M. Barlasov

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Born in 1985 in Ukraine, Maria Barlasov studied Fine Art Education at Hamidrasha Art Acadmeny, Beit-Berl, Israel and at the MFA Dutch Art Institute, the Netherlands, actually living and workink between Amsterdam and Tel-Aviv.

The relationship between physical space and the photographic image is at the center of research of Maria Barlasov, as the same artist say, the spaces she is interested in are constructed by others and by her, as both private and public places of display. They are theatrical sites that have been set to create an image, an identity of a place.

The artist is interested in how a place is represented and perceived through the apparatus of the camera ; the ways in which a camera can reduce and abstract a place into an image, frame an illusion, and transmit it to the outside world. Through her work she is asking, what is allowed to remain visible and what is concealed by the photographic image.

The photographic series entitled Window, describes windows in the Netherlands and is concerned with the relation between image and visibility, in this way the window looks like a framed picture hanging on a wall. Aware of the role entrusted to the frame in art history, Maria Barlasov creates images in which the theatrical dimension, very linked to that of camera, finds a meeting point of the Renaissance art, when new visions were offered by a framework that It served as a window, through which the observer discovers new realities.

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L.A.: Hi Maria, how and when did you become interested in photography?
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Maria Barlasov: My passion with art started with painting. it was only at my Art bachelor's study that i got introduced to Photography and i immediatly fell in love with it. While experimenting with painting and photography I came to the realization that what i am interested in are forms of working and thinking through the image.
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L.A.: Who were some of the first photographers that inspired you?
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Maria Barlasov: Cindy Sherman,specifically her staged photographic series "Untitled film stills“ . For the first time i got fascinated with the idea of an image being more than a photograph but rather a mental one. Photography being an art of staging cultural memory through the image.
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.Vase (Home Drama) │ Buy it
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L.A.: How do you choose what to photograph, what are you looking to capture?
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Maria Barlasov: The spaces I am interested in are constructed by others and by me, as both private and public places of display; they are theatrical sites that have been set to create an image, an identity of a place..
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L.A.: What do you hope people see, feel or understand when they look at your images?
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Maria Barlasov: In my practice I am interested in how a place is represented and perceived through the apparatus of the camera; the ways in which a camera can reduce and abstract a place into an image, frame an illusion, and transmit it to the outside world. Through my work I am asking, what is allowed to remain visible and what is concealed by the photographic image?
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Sewing machine (Home Drama) │ Buy it
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Hidden Curtain Buy it
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L.A.: Can you express a personal comment about your Windows series?
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Maria Barlasov: The photographic series Window (2015), describes windows in the Netherlands and is concerned with the relation between image and visibility.
The windows on streets in the Netherlands present endless options for different kinds of images, as they are images set for the outside world by the inhabitants of the houses setting their displays on the windowpane. In this way, the windows appear as “three-dimensional theater boxes”: the shelf behind the glass is the stage, the curations on either side or in the background and the glass function as the symbolic separation between inside and outside, the stage and the viewer. The glass also becomes a fourth wall, transparent but also mirroring, a surface where in the process of looking through it, the viewer might sometimes see his own reflection in it.
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L.A.: What are you busy doing in this period? Have you any future project?
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Maria Barlasov: Currently I am reading and developing my research around Image theory toward a post graduate study in the next few years.
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Layers (Window) Buy it
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Painting (Point of View) │ Buy it
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Maria Barlasov www.mariabarlasov.com
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