Elvira Akzigitova // chelovekvsobake
Elvira Akzigitova (1988), originally from Estonia is a self-taught analogue visual artist, focusing on photography and alternative printing techniques. She spends long hours in the darkroom, trying to capture the trace of light and its tactile essentials. Influenced by the visionary, yet debatable “Psychic Researches Behind the Iron Curtain”, Elvira's work refers to the suggestive imaginary science. The idea she shares with pioneers of that period is that Man is more than a Machine, thus photography can be more than a mechanical process, but an optical creation.
Her practice respects the notion that the time spent to produce a photographic image versus taking it. The intricacy of the process is what brings out the deeper, more intense understanding of the potential of photography. Electric photography, luminogram, solarisation - these "tools" guides the artist to control and create visual sensation.The fusion of the qualities of the photographic paper and the artist's intention stimulate the desire to photographically capture the forces of a metaphysical activity. The results are of an unfamiliar visual experience, at times visual inventions: images without a real-life model with which one can compare it. Alternative, abstract, inward looking images are replacing the humanist documentary with a display of photographs presented as themes or events in themselves.