Polina Karpova, born in 1992, in Kharkiv, Ukraine. BA of history of arts in KSADA (Kharkiv state academy of design and arts). At present she is an independent photographer based in Kharkiv and remotely as a costume designer and stylist for Ukrainian independent theatre productions.
Polina Karpova represents Ukrainian New Sincerity. Influenced by her father-photographer and mother-stylist, Polina analyses her life experience through photography by creating compositions, which might look plotless at the first glance.
Being both photographer and stylist, Karpova constructs scenes and characters at her hometown — Kharkiv. She focuses on the local provincial poetics and author’s place in it. Appearance and plastics of her characters are infantile, erotic and extravagant.
Compositions created “here and now” are also distinctive in Karpova’s style; instead of the artificial environment of studio she prefers interiors of the actual living spaces and city landscapes. The author creates her unique visual vocabulary by playing with contemporary fashion photography tricks and clichés and ignoring viewer’s expectations.
All author’s photographs are autobiographical in a way. Karpova herself prefers to “hold the mirror” instead of being constantly reflected in it.