Anna Cherednikova: Unwanted

Anna Cherednikova: Unwanted

This work is a part of a long term research project, which questions the idea of an invasive plant and whether its qualities in fact undesirable.

Says Anna: Being 18 years old I left my hometown in the North Caucasus for Saint-Petersburg, then I lived in the Balkans, Stockholm, Madrid and finally Arles, France. Continuous migration makes me think that I adapt myself to a new place, keeping transplanting my roots from one city to another. I like the idea that the earth is a one unique garden where all the plants have the same value, without any hierarchy. Living in beautiful Provence, I was fascinated by weed plants. They grow between the stones, in places that are not supposed to be good for growing. They resist strong winds and temperatures, we try to prevent them from growing both in gardens and in public spaces, but they resist and grow and bloom. In this series I make portraits of these amazing plants.

For me, the symbolic meaning of a plant as important as it’s documentary value. The weed, invasive plant is a symbol of a way of thinking and dealing with idea of migration, relation to a place or environment, and the way we see and relate to the nature. The plants are small in size, but with the help of the camera and flash, they become significant and we discover their beauty, that we usually ignore.

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Anna Cherednikova was born 1986 in the North Caucasus in USSR. MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Complutense University, Madrid and participant in various artistic residencies, with the most recent one being at ENSP in Arles and ARE Holland in Enschede. Anna has received grants from the European Commission and the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education. Her artworks have been exhibited in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Netherlands. 2019 she is a selected artists at the Circulations Festival in Paris and also expose her work in Centre Photographique l’Hotel Fontfreyde in Clermont-Ferrand, as well as in Copenhagen Photo Festival. Her first book “Unwanted. Study of unknown garden in Arles, France” was published by Noord books in April 2019.

Website: annacherednikova.com

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

Unwanted © Anna Cherednikova

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