What are the themes of your artistic work and what inspires you? 

What the image will be always depends on the theme which I explore. Listening to myself, I find something that resonates in me, some images, and I start working on their visualisation. Most of all I’m interested in the relationships between photography and time, memory, archive, death, space etc. In my work I’m concerned with how history and memory are perceived through images.

From the series Running to the Edge, focusing on the first wave of Russian emigration in the 1920, focusing on a combination of old photographs and flower petals.

Do you have a sketchbook or any other type of creative journal? Can we see it? 

 To prepare my work I usually take Polaroid snapshots, make some sketches, write descriptive texts, collect found pictures, experiment with collages etc. It helps me to develop my project. Sometimes they are all on different sheets of paper or in the sketchbook. When I’m working on a project, this process is like a flow and in order not to drown in it, I should make some notes. They are like an anchor and they give me an opportunity to return when I go away too far.



From Julia Borissova’s Sketchbook.

How do you combine history with imagination and reinterpretation in your work? 

I don’t aim to create a realistic image, but rather the opposite, I’m attracted by the opportunity to reflect on my interpretation of the world. As an artist, I use different methods to create images. Photography is always material for me. It can be archival, found images, or photographs I took myself. I have no task to show something through the pictures, more likely I think about how to hide, how to get an image that will send the viewer beyond the picture. For this I can construct a space for the further shooting or take prints as a material, transforming, combining and modifying them as long as the necessary effect will be achieved.


From the series DOM (Document Object Model), centered on a combination between photography and house maquettes, inspired by the mass housing built in Russia in the era of Khrushchev.

What was the best part of your journey so far?

I think the best part of my journey is the way of creating myself.

An inspiring artist. Why?

I’m fond of the creativity of Sophie Calle, Taryn Simon, Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Joan Fontcuberta, Tacita Dean, Christian Boltanski and Anselm Kiefer. There are a number of artists who inspire me with their courage and eccentricity of vision, but a reference point for my work I find in the inner necessity, not in what others are doing.

What tips would you give to a young creative? 

I could only advise to be sincere, honest with yourself, look for your own language and be very persevering, always move forward, set before yourself challenges that may seem unachievable, and do not fear anything.

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From the series Tideland.

See more of her work at www.juliaborissova.ru