Brooklyn Photo One Night Only Art—Maria Baranova, American Apartment Diary April 18th 6-9p

American Apartment Diary is an on-going project by the photographer Maria Baranova.  On Friday, April 18th the project will be on view at Brooklyn Photo Studio’s One Night Only Art.  As the name suggests, this is a one-night only exhibition, so don’t miss it.

Brooklyn Photo Studio–One Night Only Art Presents: American Apartment Diary, Maria Baranova

Friday, April 18th, 2014 6-9p at Brooklyn Photo Studio—  39 Ainslie St. #3 Brooklyn, New York

Maria Baranova’s work is beautiful, stirring, and certainly gives rise to a reflecting process (to see the human disappear, while still being there—becoming ‘IT’).  Like a piece of performance art she moves beyond material aesthetics and taste, successfully blending the two with delicate, yet provocative balance.  The outcome are images of a human melting away, becoming one with her environment.  I had the opportunity to ask Maria a bit more about her work.

D When the human becomes ‘furniture’, where does the Self go?  In your self-reflection process of deciding which images to work with, what are some of the feelings or emotions evoked, are they all feelings of loneliness and/or fear? Do these things (feelings etc) dissipate as you become more familiar with the process?


Maria Baranova American Apartment Diary Williamsburg New York April 2013. Image courtesy of the artist.

MB I feel like each place evoke different feelings and memories. When Im in the situation, in front of the camera, I embrace my co-existing with the room/ space and letting the place to decide who am I at that moment. Some places reminds me of my childhood. The picture when Im hiding behind black dress, I felt like a child that is hiding behind a curtain, at that point I remembered the moment from my childhood, where I was doing that at my room. In the picture between two mattresses, I just felt this weight on my body, I was growing inside it, and the whole picture for me was about that physical feeling of disappearing. Hotels are a different story. I am inspired by the theme of the temporary, the perfect home. Ideal towels, perfect pillows, blankets – all huge, airy and temporary. Disposable HOTEL life created a sense of abandonment, which I have long explore.

Maria Baranova_American Apartment Diary San Francisco December 2013 Image courtesy of the artist.

Maria Baranova_American Apartment Diary San Francisco, CA December 2013 Image courtesy of the artist.

MB: And what comes to your first question, about where Self go, Im not sure if its going anywhere… It just become one with what surround it. You know how we hear about becoming one with the nature…? Well in my case, the “nature” is this reality we have built around us, houses, hotels, and stuff in them, and Im becoming one with all of that.

Maria Baranova American Apartment Diary Ashfield MA August 2013.  Image courtesy of the artist.

Maria Baranova American Apartment Diary Ashfield, MA August 2013. Image courtesy of the artist.

Maria Baranova is a Russia-Finnish, fashion and theatre photographer with a background in painting. Her work is inspired by the 17th century Dutch palette and Renaissance symbolism. Her photography mainly focuses on the theatrical side of the fashion world and shooting theatre and dance performances. Her style is very different from usual Finnish editorials. These images are dark and mysterious, with minimal use to color to create a heavy feel. They convey a mood of erotism combined with sadness. About American Apartment Diary project. This project is about my life in the USA, self-portrait’s from different places I lived in. Started as a joke, I soon realized the loneliness and the fear coming from these pictures. The feeling of something missing or being “wrong”, really bothers me. Why? Since, when there is no face or eye contact, human becomes a subject. One of the furniture items in the room. IT. Apart from the human features, it is just a surface for the light and shadows. It is present in the picture, but lacks human attributes. I imagined myself as a furniture and asked what would be a good place for me to be placed in. Suddenly, I did not control the room anymore, the room controlled me.

Maria lives and work in Brooklyn, New