Interview With Photographer Kristina Varaksina

Photography by Kristina Varaksina
Words and curation by Pulkit Mishra

Kristina Varaksina is a Russian-born artist who currently lives and works between New York and London. Her work is in a realm which plays between internal & external reality. The way Varaksina places layers in her images is absolutely stunning. She not only explores various perspectives but also makes a strong impact on the viewers. The way Kristina lights her subject is refreshing and creates a very positive impact. 

She has taught photography at New York Film Academy, New York and California Art Institute, San Francisco. Her fine-art work is represented by Lumas, Berlin, Brownie, Shanghai, Themes & Projects, San Francisco. Varaksina has won PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris and many other international photo contests. 

In a time, where you are home bound. What inspires you in your everyday life?

I think it’s important to be able to find practically anything inspiring: the sunlight on your dinner table, flowers that have gone dry, a cut up piece of fruit, a book you read, or a friend you talk to.

Photography by Kristina Varaksina
As an artist, do you feel obligated to create in times when it is the most difficult thing to do?

I strongly believe that artists are responsible to reflect upon the times they live in.

Photography by Kristina Varaksina
Has the current situation affected your thought process while creating? If so, how?

I think my thought process has become more introspective, I’m trying to find what’s really important, what is really going to matter in the long run.

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