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Alexey Shlyk

Alexey Shlyk was a citizen of the Soviet Union for the better part of his childhood. He still remembers his passport with the hammer and sickle on it and the empty racks in the stores. In this on-going series he approaches the theme YOU at a personal and political level – basing his photographs on the once predominant DIY culture in the country of his origin. He refers to his memories and nostalgic feelings to the things that he has seen and heard of in the past, events that he has participated in.

In The appleseed necklace he’s talking about creativity, craftsmanship, diligence and typical recycling that were natural to the people living in conditions of constant shortages. It was a time when one had either to find a way to snatch what he or she needed, or to make it out of the accessible materials.