Julia Nikonova

07.06.2011 in10:18 in People, Portraits -->


Julia begins a new century—from a Russian perspective—of what many viewers may see as the influence of Francesca Woodman: in Julia’s photos are alive, again, the unique angles of female physicality; lonely beach scenes; random sea creatures; ghostly over-exposures made by hand.
The comparison to Woodman’s oddities and brilliant evocations cannot begin to introduce the calibre and content of the Nikonova collection.
Julia’s work is a startling rebellion against false promises, a pristine reification of the pulse of life. What is most important in her photography often merits the fourth or fifth gaze. It is impossible to know her simply, or at a glance. She is provocative, ironic, and a master of delicate subversions. That Julia resuscitates contemporary photography is an understatement. I love the presence of her fish. I wish she read English, and that I wrote more fluently in Russian.