"Photography can also be used as a mechanism to examine itself. In her series Empty Expectations, Russian photographer Ksenia Yurkova (1984) expresses the process of photography. Thinking of the way that visual construction can be expressed verbally, and vice versa, as well as the way that the subsequent reading of a translation can result in a semantic loss, Yurkova creates her images with a conglomeration of collages, Photoshop manipulations, and chemical experiments with lm and paper. She combines these photographic works with illustrations from two old books, a handbook of forensic science and a handbook of gynecology, desiring to imbue her heavy minded philosophy with some ironic levity. Overall, she treats the series as an 'alchemy manual', a set of practical experiments related to the visual meaning of photography and its translation."
Katherine Oktober Matthews
GUP Magazine Chief Editor