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Maria Kokunova, 1st Place Discovery, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

3 years ago

Maria Kokunova has deliberately restricted social contact and limited her media consumption so her whole life is bound up in her home, children and art practice, to create what she describes as her 'personal cave'. It was while distancing herself from the outside world that a childhood trauma was triggered. In this project, Maria combines photographs made at her parents house with pictures she has taken in her current home to help process this trauma. 'My work explores the idea that motherhood, and the awakening of primitive instincts such as unconditional love, aggression and fear of death, make life extremely meaningful,' says Maria. 'Despite its challenges, ‘in-cave’ living boosts creativity: it becomes a personal myth, provides a plot for the project and initiates reflective processes.'