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Agafia Polynchuk is a Berlin-based photo artist. She was born in 1988 in Leningrad. In 2010 she bought her SX-70 camera and took her very first polaroid. She has been taking polaroids ever since.
Agafia's self-portraits visualize personal feeling and memory, but they are equally steeped in nature, classical art, and the art of the commonplace. The immediacy and intimacy of the polaroid brings these timely and timeless subjects together.
Agafia's work has been exhibited all over the world and has been featured in projects such as 12.12, Bonjourpola, Raw Beauties, Expolaroid and Poladarium. Her photographs have appeared in magazines such as Shots, Das Magazin, and others.
Agafia's latest book, Polaroids, was published by edition GALERIE VEVAIS alongside a limited selection of prints by VEVAIS KUNSTFABRIK, each numbered giclée print signed by the artist and presented in a handmade folder.
In his introduction to Polaroids, photography critic and historian John Wood writes: ''Come into these rooms with me, into Agafia's mysterious and beautifully crafted days — days like no others you have ever witnessed. Look all around ... Eden was dead ground, a stagnant garden as poisonous as Rappaccini's garden in Hawthorne's well-known short story ... For life to be vibrant it has to have some pain, some distress, some angst; otherwise how would we know we were really alive? Agascha's radiant rooms may all be ashimmer, but the shimmer may at times have an unnerving cast. Not evil, but certainly the knowledge of it...
This is a book of mysteries and beauty, and we know them by our own eyes. This book marks what will surely be the beginning of a major career in art and photography for a brilliantly gifted new artist."