Oksana Veniaminova was born in 1986 in Vitebsk, Belarus.
Through her photography projects, she shows to be highly interested in popular belief and social practises she can surely dig into, representing them through a peaceful aesthetic. She has been dealing with the concept of memory and modern thinking in various ways, always based on extensive and intimate research.
About ‘A Tale of Things’ – words by Oksana Veniaminova:
This series is based on stills constructed with objects. Some of those are family relics and remembrances, others just resemble artefacts from the past: grandma’s brooch, grandpa’s comb, sister’s cut hair, tableware. In a twisted way it interprets some of the memorial rituals common in the country I live: going from preserving things, to the tradition of covering a glass of water/vodka with a piece of bread at a funeral. All these things from the past combined with items from modernity create symbols of time, death, connection, memory and blood ties. By designing these stills, I am questioning the authenticity of our recollections and the reliability of human memory.
The series may as well be a metaphor to the impossibility of fulfilling some of the processes of our lives as human beings. Our failure to get absolute satisfaction, incompatibility, disharmony, anxiety, the inability of self-fulfilment, leading to traumas and frustration.
Probably, this project may serve as an example of the power to construct any narrative using universal symbols while triggering emotions comprehensible enough to influence and involve. Thus, the represented pool of images may exist and be interpreted in various ways, implying the notion of post-truth.