The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

Irina Popova,The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

Irina Popova
The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

Photographs: Irina Popova

Text: Zoya Glazacheva

Publisher: Self published

112 pages

Year: 2017

Comments: Softcover, 18,5 x 14 cm. Limited edition of 50 copies, numbered.

sold

These photos were discovered in the beginning of 2016 During the reconstruction in the office of a local newspaper in a city of Tver, former Kalinin, some 200 km from Moscow A dusty old box had an insctiption: “ the archive of the regional beauty pageant’89” As a matter of fact it was an archive of brothel The editor of the newspaper organized “A model agency” where he created portfolios for young girls, and guided them as a pimp into prostitution. there were more than 300 girls in this portfolio There was a criminal case agains the editor but the police could never find this archive…. I added a new level to the series - by cutting the female figures or details out of the picture, I made it seem transparent, almost non-existent. The female body, an object of attention, desire, and a main subject of a picture, disappears, but leaves a silhouette, where it’s still clear: there was a woman. What happened to her? This helps to investigate the surrounding landscape in all the details


Irina Popova,The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

Irina Popova,The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

Irina Popova,The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

Irina Popova,The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

Irina Popova,The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

Irina Popova,The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

Irina Popova,The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

Irina Popova,The First Beauty Pageant (Edt of 50)

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