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Without me
Boys
Hermitage
Furious like a child


Margo Ovcharenko takes photographs of young Russians of her age, her close friends, the ones who share her life, her joys her troubles, and in whom she finds a little bit of herself. Both prose and poetry, her work questions us and conveys an intimate reality. Her photography can be considered as a mirror offered to her generation or as a disenchanted catalogue of our collective experience.

Her latest series « Hermitage » (2010) is conducive to a feeling of Melancholia. Girls and boys, by turns, seem to be overwhelmed with worries, feeling blue and staring away. Engrossed in their inner thoughts, the characters look too preoccupied to see us. And yet, either naked or dressed , close or far, their fragility and tension question us. Between freshness and depravity, tenderness and trouble, Margo Ovcharenko’s portraits bring the spectators to their own questioning.

At the age of 17, very young and yet well-determined, Margo explained: « Above all, I’m trying to avoid the effect of pose. Some time ago, I realized that nothing makes me happier than this moment when the models reveal themselves as a whole without lying. I don’t want to transform the people to make them more or less attractive. Like in the 19th century paintings, which I have always admired a lot, I put the stress on light, colour and silence. »

Margo Ovcharenko deals with sensitive subjects without any provocation or brutality. She tells us about the discomfort of being alive, of being alone and being so many to be so. Her favourite models remain friends above all and her photography is an act of intimacy. She can capture faces in their fullness, and bathes them in a morning light or takes them out of the darkness. Softly, in a gesture of communion.
 

Margo Ovcharenko, from "Hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "New hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "New hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "New hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "New hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "Hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "Hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "Hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "New hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "Hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "Hermitage" series, 2010
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Margo Ovcharenko, from "Hermitage" series, 2010
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